Arlene Goldstein, Vice-President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc., shared some of the hottest trend stories for Spring 2014, complete with most wanted picks for both men and women. The general direction takes a new, modern form, mixing patterns, romantic prints in modern textures, and soft tones on structured, well formed lines. Spring is for feeling bright and sophisticated, with a touch of whimsy in the mix.
Feminine charms take the stage with nods to classics like brocade fabrics, lace, and warm tones of blush, yellow, and cream. Designers such as Marc Jacobs took these time-tested themes and set them up in a new way: more defined tailoring, back and side cut-outs, and finishing the look with game-changing accessories, like enameled bib necklaces and the chunky, forties inspired heel.
Pieces that look to have been picked up on your last escapade somewhere warm, exotic, and beautiful make up the jet-setters of Spring: the bright florals, surprising fabrics, long beaded strand necklaces, tribal patterns, and ikats.
Footwear and accessory lines like Dolce Vita are combining mediums like raffia, beads, studs and twine to continue this well-traveled feeling with a light, breezy air. One of the best picks for all categories was Kate Spade’s digitized, watercolor floral print emblazoned on a large tote with neutral nude leather accents, the perfect companion to any destination.
The new silhouettes and materials for Spring give our closets a chance to clean the slate, with surprising picks. We see color blocking continuing to be a big trend, but the lines of it becoming less perpendicular and more obtuse and rounded, almost giving note to the feminine lines of a women’s shape, like the Rachel Roy dress pictured above. Black and Whites stay as true as time, but in more playful looks and shapes, with accessories adding a pop of color for a final touch. Innovative new materials like Lucite and classics like patent leather are great statement makers for footwear and jewelry, with t-strap shoes and the comeback of the mule giving more options to top off a look. Structured jumpsuits are also a favorite pick of ours for the season, in all prints and tones. They can be easily taken from day to night with the right jacket, especially the sleeveless moto or the fifties inspired box shape.
The ‘most-wanted’ pieces for men mash together the class and STYLE of the sixties with the modern prep: featuring soft cottons and linens, and suspenders, royal tones of blue, pocket squares, and graphics adding style and definition.
Chambrays, seersuckers, and linens in washed down colors are huge for men’s spring pants and shorts, and pair perfectly with an oxford shoe, contrasting soft light fabrics with dark, buttery leather.
Bold prints are perfect to add STYLE and color to any look. Patterned socks in brighter tones liven up wardrobes in a second, and checks or plaids jump across button ups for both work and play. The comeback of the pocket square in a modern print gives a nod to the Mad Men classics, and is a true game changer for men this season.
This spring, don’t be afraid to play with combing these new and old classics for a look that’s completely unique. The season is all about a rebirth of color and patterns, with a breezy, vacation feel that doesn’t allow room to take things too seriously.
All photos courtesy of Belk.