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Fashion Month Roundup

With Paris Fashion Week ended, “Fashion Month” is officially over.  Naked Fashions has, over the past month, provided detailed coverage of key Spring/Summer 2014 trends. Here we bring together our favourite key trends from New York, London, Milan, and Paris. New York kept things clean cut and simplistic creating impeccably stylish and easy to wear collections. A key trend emerging in New York was ‘sport chic’. Many designers, such as DKNY, gave sportswear a street wear inspired spin; ‘fast fashion with an urban mind set’

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Vera Wang used black mesh and chiffon for a sporty touch to her spring 2014 collection whereas Lacoste, with its roots in tennis wear, offered relaxed silhouettes.

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Walking to the sounds of the Beastie Boys, DKNY had a major nineties feel to it; another key trend which emerged over the week. It was then no surprise that this wave of 90s nostalgia was equally evident in the new DKNY collection for Spring Summer 2014.

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For some designers, the nineties took form in minimal shapes while others looked towards bold colours and lingerie inspired looks. The BCBG Max Azria women wore deconstructed looks with clean lines and minimal colour reminding us of classic nineties looks.

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Monochrome flowers, fringes and tassels, and crop tops were also seen at New York Fashion Week.

London brought the shine to an otherwise rainy week. Metallic materials, crystal embellishments and mirrored effects accurately describe London Fashion Week. Christopher Kane used iridescent fabrics to create a futuristic look for his spring 2014 collection.

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I was lucky enough to attend Bernard Chandran’s SS14 collection which used sumptuous silken lame in jewel bright hues of blue, red, green and orange. Chandran’s stand out piece was a full length mist-grey metallic dress with side split with which the model wore stylish headphones, again exuding a sense of youthful detachment.

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Floral prints and 3D blooms also dominated London’s runways. The Burberry Prorsum collection dominated this particular trend with their collection themed, “English Rose”.

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Other trends seen in London included leather exuding darkened femininity and schoolgirl pleats were given an exuberant upgrade.

Perhaps the most obvious and talked about trend to come out of Milan was the bralet. Designers at Milan Fashion Week presented the bralet as fashionable outerwear. Perhaps the most striking example of this was seen within Prada’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, with social media sites successfully renaming Prada, ‘Brada’.

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Prada women wore bras over dresses for example in bold colors and crystal embroideries enthusing youthful energies. Also seen within the Prada SS14 collection was fashion pieces inspired by artwork/murals. A trend also seen in Paris with designers such as Phoebe Philo (Celine) for example inspired by photographs Brassai took of graffiti in 1930s Italy.

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Paris furthered key trends witnessed in London including metallics and pleats. Gareth Pugh delivered his trademark sleek silhouettes combined with a colour palette of white, black, grey and silver metallics for an extra-terrestrial edge.

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Phoebe Philo for Celine also paired colourful patterns with sheer and pleated skirts.

The classic boyfriend shirt, every girls love, received plenty of attention over the week. Christophe Lemaire introduced a relaxed yet luxe vision for spring at Hermès as white shirts were paired with leather jackets or slouchy pants made a statement.

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Other key trends consisted of embellished stripes which made for regal looking patterns.

Fashion Month Spring/Summer 2014 has revealed a dynamic and exciting aesthetic soon to dominate our wardrobes. Metallic materials, pretty pastels, updated pleats, unique floral prints and sports luxe sum up Spring/Summer 2014.

If in doubt, make it pink.

If you wish to see any of the shows, check our 'Fashion Month Series' category which will have everything you need!

Contributor: Helena Cartwright