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Trend predictions for Spring/Summer 2014

12th January 2014

The regional fashion weeks are just around the corner and, as West Country’s most prolific live blogger (probably!) everyone has been asking me what trends we can expect to see this year. It’s still quite early to tell which ones will stand out the most, but here are my predictions…

3D florals

erdem floral

As sure as death and taxes, you will always see some kind of take on a floral trend every Spring/Summer. This season, embellishments are what makes it stand out from the crowd – extra shimmer, layers and costume jewellery style accessories. Sheer floral fabrics layered on a block colour will also feature heavily – like this one from the Erdem Spring/Summer catwalk.

Nice in the 90s

alexander wang logo

Logo tees were really big on the catwalks for Spring/Summer 2014, so experts are predicting lots of subversive statement shirts to hit the high street this season. This one, by Alexander Wang, is a classic logo that’s been given a modern take with some sheer panels.

Fondant fancy


Burberry Prorsum hit the nail on the head with this little number – this Spring/Summer (like many before it) is set to be all about pastel colours like mint green, pale pink, light lilac and lemon sorbet. Basically, if there’s a macaroon in that colour, you can wear it this season! This is a very ladylike look, which I personally love.

Mermaid metallics


Metallics in every colour graced the catwalks this season – I especially liked this futuristic design from Christopher Kane’s London Fashion Week show. Statement dresses like this one in metallic fabrics will filter through to the high street, but I expect metallic separates like skirts and jackets might be a slightly easier sell for most stores. I fully expect to see lots of bloggers in metallic pleated skirts with woollen jumpers come April.

Long lines

jil sander

This season lots of designers have been playing with proportions, from skirts with dropped waists, to jackets that finish just above the knee like this one from Jil Sander. I’m usually a fan of Sander’s minimalist looks, but I have to say I’m not too keen on this trend – it’s really hard for petite people to carry off! If you’ve got a figure that’s straight up and down you’ll look great in this, but for anyone who is unbalanced on the top or the bottom, proceed with caution!

As ever, it’s likely that micro-trends will emerge as the season wears on, and I’ll be interested to see which of these looks succeeds the most on the high street. If previous years are anything to go by, it’s likely to be more subtle than what we’ve seen on the catwalks, but the British high street can sometimes have a surprise or two up its sleeve!

Paradise palms

14th May 2011

Ok, so maybe it was last seen on your Uncle Ray at the family barbeque in 1981, but we’re telling you, palm tree prints are still hot! Combine it with this season’s bright hues and a super-flattering halter neck cut, and you’ve got a match made in bikini heaven. This little number is from www.ellos.co.uk – (top -£19, bottoms, £13).

Summer holiday

26th April 2011

It used to be the place you went for ‘quality’ bras and pants, or the shop aunt Mildred bought your Christmas jumper from (and then passed it off as her own handiwork), but in recent years M&S has shaken off its old timer image, recruited some hot new spokesmodels (hello Dannii Minogue and Lisa Snowdon!) and jumped on the fashion express to fab town.

We adore this cute summery ensemble of denim hotpants (£35), an eeney weeney polka dot bikini (£9.50) and clashing stripy print bag (£39.50) – just perfect for lounging about in the sun or an impromptu trip to the lido. What’s more, it’s still reasonably priced enough for mum to approve!

Bristol Fashion Week: Trend update

28th March 2011

Bold colours, clashing patterns and fab florals were the look du jour at Bristol Fashion Week recently, but if you want to know how to work those summery hues, check out our video, where some of the city’s top fashion and beauty experts gave us the low-down on how to wear it. (Apologies for the dodgy camera work…your fashionista camerawoman got extremely excited!)