by Alex Ridley
As soon as the models grace the runways for F/W, the 2014 trends are unveiled. Soon after, every major fashion magazine solidifies what’s in and what’s out in their September issues. Luckily for us, the trends of Haute Couture and Ready-to-Wear trickle down to M Street. At hilltop voGUe, we rummaged through the runways, scrutinized Style.com, and took notes of Anna Wintour’s pursed lips to help you avoid a fall faux pas.
The trend: Carolina Herrera F14, style.com. M Street equivalent: Zara, zara.com ($79.90).
Although knits aren’t exactly “groundbreaking” for fall, statement sweaters will certainly revolutionize your wardrobe. How are they different? Designers like Carolina Herrera, Phillip Lim, and The Row reconstructed the sweater template with funnel necks, exaggerated hem lines, and bulky cuffs. These knits are designed to be the focal point of your outfit, so say goodbye to statement necklaces.
The trend: Louis Vuitton F14, style.com. M Street equivalent: Tory Burch, toryburch.com ($525.00)
Come fall, flower children and free spirits will have their day again. Louis Vuitton, Betsy Johnson, and Etro arranged their outfits in hues reminiscent of free love: burnt orange, forest green, blush pink, and suede brown. Inspired by the ‘60s, designers revamped the decade with modern tailoring. If you’re lucky enough to dine at Café Milano, break out the suede knee high boots with a chunky heel.
The trend: Dolce & Gabbana F14, style.com. M Street equivalent: Anthropologie, anthropologie.com ($158.00)
Dolce & Gabbana, Alice + Olivia, and Alexander McQueen recreate childhood fairytales we can experience with their creations. The designers drew from the Byzantine Era, expressed with spools of brocade fabric, to make every woman feel like her favorite fairytale princess.
Exaggerated Coat Details
The trend: Hermès F14, style.com. M Street Equivalent: Zara, zara.com ($279.00)
This trend goes hand in hand with statement knits but stuns bystanders from the get-go. The classic F/W motif will have a high-fashion resurgence this season, since top designers like Hermès, Chloé, and Burberry created coats with oversized collars, gigantic pockets, and bigger buttons.
The trend: Christian Dior F14, style.com. M Street equivalent: Brooks Brothers, brooksbrothers.com ($498.00)
MSB students rejoice! Structured suits were everywhere this season. Dior, Lanvin, and Saint Laurent’s suits redefined Hillary’s Blue Power Suit, sans shoulder pads, for a more feminine, modern fit.
Unconventional Fur Trims
The trend: Lanvin F14, style.com. M Street equivalent: Massimo Dutti, massimodutti.com ($1400.00)
Faux or real, PETA activist or fashionista, fur will always remain a F/W staple. This season fur warms more than just your neck and head with fur trims attached to the most unusual, yet stunning parts of clothes at the likes of Lanvin and Fendi.
Gray and Grey
The trend: Oscar de la Renta F14, style.com. M Street equivalent: Rag & Bone, rag-bone.com ($450.00)
With Oscar de la Renta and Valentino showing almost entirely gray collections, we had to use both spelling conventions to represent this trend. Gray was found on just about every runway, in every hue, and on every article of clothing imaginable. Needless to say, gray is this season’s “it” girl.
The trend: Kenzo, style.com. M Street equivalent: American Apparel, americanapparel.com ($54.00)
If Kenzo and Moschino have anything to say about it, we will channel our innermost party girl, head down to Zeta Psi, and rave on this semester. Designers disregarded traditional F/W hues and brought color to a rather dreary time of the year.