Pleats are a must this season, spotted at the S/S 2014 runway shows of Haider Ackermann, Victoria Beckham, Proenza Schouler and Dries Van Noten. But how do you wear this trend without looking too conservative? Actually, it is very easy. Calf length skirts are the way to go. Preferably they come with some metallic details to add a little bling to your look.
The three pleated skirts of desire are this summer:
1Plissé cotton-blend midi skirt by Dries Van Noten
2Snake-print pleated crepe maxi skirt by Dries Van Noten
3 Foil-paneled pleated cloqué maxi skirt by Proenza Schouler
(I couldn’t resist this one…).
Photos: Courtesy of Dries Van Noten, Proenza Schouler and © Sandra Bauknecht
Feminine, sophisticated and reminiscent of 1950s elegance, for the new season polka dots returned to the S/S 2014 runway. At Burberry Prorsum they came in a modernized and bold way, while at Dolce & Gabbana and Moschino they appeared smaller in black and white or red – all aptly retro-inspired, especially given Moschino’s special anniversary show.
So cute, a real must-have! Polka dot ‘Pashli’ satchel by 3.1 Phillip Lim
Shop the trendy look and get one of those amazing pieces:
1 Polka-dot cotton and lace shirt by No. 21
2 Febe stretch-mesh balconette bra by L’Agent by Agent Provocateur
3 Polka dot-print stretch-silk dress by Dolce & Gabbana
4 Leather-trimmed polka-dot canvas slip-on sneakers by Katie Grand Loves Hogan
5 Polka-dot linen shirt by Burberry Prorsum
6 Polka-dot cotton dress by Marni
7 Polka-dot silk bow tie by Saint Laurent
8 Chuck Taylor All Star polka-dot suede sneakers by Converse
9 Polka-dot cashmere and silk-blend scarf by Burberry Prorsum
10 Lilico flower-embellished leather sandals by Sophia Webster
There is also a scent dressed in dots living up to the trend. Insolence, one of Guerlain’s iconic fragrances, is adopting a whirlwind of neon pink polka dots. A true collector’s item for lovers of the fruity floral scent or a great way to rediscover it.
Top notes: Raspberry, red berries, lemon and bergamot
Middle notes: Violet, orange blossom and rose
Base notes: Orris, sandalwood, tonka bean and musk
Insolence – Limited Edition Crazy Touch – Eau de Toilette 50ml bottle, CHF 110.00.
Available from March 1, 2014 on all Guerlain’s authorized points of sale.
Photos: Courtesy of the brands
Global color authority Pantone announced its official shade for 2014: RADIANT ORCHID, a captivating and enigmatic purple! “While the 2013 color of the year Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®.
Feeling inspired? Shop the trending colour to your wardrobe with my picks:
1 Inner Strength Bath & Shower Oil by Aromatherapy Associates
2 Studded wool sweater by Versace
3 18-karat gold amethyst ring by Pippa Small
4 Queen Vic – Nail Polish by Butter London
5 Polished-leather and satin pumps by Lanvin
Radiant Orchid’s rosy undertones radiate on the skin, producing a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. A dazzling attention-getter!
My favourite accessory: Nouveau suede fringe shoulder bag by Gucci.
Ladies, it is definitely time to get some new shoes and bags for the summer. This season, it will be hard to choose as the selection is huge.
As a little Valentine’s Day surprise in advance, I have an amazing offer for you, valid for two days (13-14 Feb 2014) only! You can earn a Gift Card up to $700 when you shop SHOES & HANDBAGS at Saks Fifth Avenue online. Use code SANDHB14 at checkout.
Spend $250 – $499 and get a $35 Gift Card
Spend $500 – $999 and get a $75 Gift Card
Spend $1,000 – $1,999 and get a $150 Gift Card
Spend $2,000 – $2,999 and get a $450 Gift Card
Spend $3,000+ and get a $700 Gift Card
Here are some of the most wanted S/S 2014 pieces available to shop or to pre-order:
1 Patent Leather Cat-Print Mary Jane Ballet Flats by Miu Miu
2 Shaggy Deer Pale Blue Camo Backpack by Stella McCartney
3 Embroidered Mesh Ankle Boots by Valentino
4 Makeup Face-Printed Saffiano Tote by Prada
5 Zig Zag Crystal Pumps by Nicholas Kirkwood
6 Louis Woman Studded Leather Wedge Sneakers by Christian Louboutin
7 Small Striped Sac De Jour Tote by Saint Laurent
8 Leather & Striped Snakeskin Ankle-Strap Sandals by Pierre Hardy
Recently I was invited by Net-à-porter to London for an intimate evening with A-list style icons Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to preview their beautiful S/S 2014 collection. Named after London’s historic Savile Row, THE ROW delivers a directional take on tailoring with a focus on clean lines and refined cuts.
For the new season, the twins were inspired by travels around the world and imagined a modern, well-dressed nomad woman. There were references of Arabia in the long layers and the models’ veils, Northern Africa in the printed djellaba, a fishing village in the macramé sweater and matching cross-body hobo bag, and some Siberian influences in the dense outerwear.
It’s the first time Ashley and Mary-Kate are offering shoes, and they’ll be sold in limited editions. The Row’s fans would be wise to put their names on the list now.
Mary-Kate to the left and Ashley to the right with me
YOU CAN SHOP THE ROW ONLINE HERE. The best address to get an elegant downtown mix of superbly crafted wardrobe staples.
Photos: Via style.com and © Sandra Bauknecht
Here is your ultimate S/S 2014 runway trend guide. This season, there is fashion for every personality. It’s about tribal details, the power of pleats and the beauty of flowers, whether they’re luxurious embroideries or bold statement prints. Take cues from your favorite gallery and wear something artful. Don’t forget to add something shiny and to work on your waistline to sport the new must-have cropped tops. Sportswear has made its way into our daily wardrobe and bermudas should be worn layered with a skirt or dress.
I hope that this little summary will inspire you to look for the right new season pieces that will instantly update a look. Enjoy your new task!
S/S 2014 TREND 1: TRIBAL
Akris – Givenchy – Donna Karan
S/S 2014 TREND 2: WEARABLE ART
Prada – Chanel – Céline
S/S 2014 TREND 3: BERMUDAS
Chloé – Alexander McQueen – DKNY
S/S 2014 TREND 4: CROPPED TOPS
Balenciaga – Louis Vuitton – Salvatore Ferragamo
S/S 2014 TREND 5: SPORTSWEAR
DKNY – Gucci – Marc by Marc Jacobs
S/S 2014 TREND 6: LACE
Valentino – Stella McCartney – Nina Ricci
S/S 2014 TREND 7: SHIMMER & SHINE
Lanvin – Versace – Etro
S/S 2014 TREND 8: PLEATS PLEASE
Dries Van Noten – Proenza Schouler – Victoria Beckham
S/S 2014 TREND 9: PASTEL
Miu Miu – Burberry Prorsum – Christian Dior
S/S 2014 TREND 10: SUMMER BLACK
Bottega Veneta – Saint Laurent – Dolce & Gabbana
S/S 2014 TREND 11: FLOWER POWER
Giambattista Valli – Mary Katrantzou – Christopher Kane
S/S 2014 TREND 12: BOLD NIGHT
Emilio Pucci – Alberta Ferretti – Ralph Lauren Collection
Photos: Via style.com