Fringe, in every length, style, and color, has been adding a playful kick to the Spring ’14 collections. It surfaced early in NYC, namely at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Ralph Rucci. The former showed fringe on punctuated-block tops in Neapolitan hues, while the latter offered an evening gown tiered in fiber-optic strands that radiated with synthetic rainbow phosphorescence (“eyelashes,” Rucci called the textile).
At Rodarte, Kate and Laura Mulleavy paid homage to their beloved Los Angeles, attaching long tassels to trash-fab grommeted belts and heavy leather skirts. Proenza Schouler‘s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez whipped up a lattice-patterned overcoat in shredded fabric—scraps of which were dip-dyed crimson red, and Marc Jacobs enhanced his collection’s Victorian vibe via bunches of fluid thread (above, center). Meanwhile, Francisco Costa—who celebrated ten years at the helm of Calvin Klein—also implemented fringe on a number of sporty silhouettes (above, left), breathing a reinvigorated rawness into his famed streamlined aesthetic.
The trend has been spotted out of the gate in London, too. Sister by Sibling used drapery tassels on netted skirts (above, right), while Holly Fulton employed wispy stranding on topcoats at her seventies-influenced outing. Of the fringe effect, New York’s Fivestory owner Claire Distenfeld told Style.com, “Amazing elements from the past are back in full force, including fringe. As a romantic, I’m ready to embrace it.”
Not quite a shirtdress, yet not exactly standard fit, an oversize twist on men’s shirting has emerged as an early off-the-block trend for Spring ’14.
At Richard Chai Love, the designer showed a crimson-banded oxford, elongated almost to the knee, which looked particularly smart under a cropped-and-quilted optic leather jacket. MM6 Maison Martin Margiela suggested a draped, half-buttoned option in semi-see-through snow white. And lastly, Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra turned out a diaphanous, extra-long pseudo-flannel (cue: a hunting Day-Glo plaid) at Costello Tagliapietra. “It’s beautiful on its own,” remarked Costello, “and felt modern and luxuriously comfortable.” The duo also admitted to feminizing their own wardrobes when designing Spring ’14. Call it the new-new boys’ club, of sorts.
It’s that time of year again: New York fashion week kicks off this Thursday, and while we’re certain you know all the talking points, we want to make sure you’ve refreshed your bookmarks as well as your wardrobe. In addition to our Instagram coverage, and recent mobile facelift, we’ll be sharing our favorite looks (plus backstage videos) from the Spring 2014 runways on Pinterest. Follow along to see what piques the Style.com editors’ interest so you can be in-the-know long before the trend reports hit.
The fact that sandals—from flip-flops to gladiators—emerged as a keynote trend on the Spring ’14 menswear runways isn’t terribly surprising. However, a trio of the industry’s heaviest hitters rendered a unique (and somewhat unexpected) take on the staple: exotic-skin Teva-style footwear.
At Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci showed snakeskin sandals to complement his Africana-tech motifs. In a palette of coral snake and black mamba, the shoes were a nice carryover from the designer’s Fall ’13 womenswear lineup, which featured banded python and eel-skin booties.
Dries Van Noten, too, implemented snakeskin on his Teva-esque kicks, pairing the vermilion hide with Velcro closures and gummy rubber. And at Calvin Klein, Italo Zucchelli offered an iteration in powder-blue crocodile—a hue derived from Fire Island’s summer seas. However, if the Discovery Channel has taught us anything this week, it’s that the only creatures we need to fear in the Atlantic are sharks.
The baseball cap: It’s the sartorial hallmark of America’s pastime. And while MLB’s current doping scandal may have muddied the sport it represents, the hat itself is going strong, popping up everywhere from the showroom to the stage.
Earlier this summer, Cara Delevingne, long a champion of the casual cap, wore a zigzagged snapback to Glastonbury. Just this past weekend, both Sky Ferreira and Angel Haze donned baseball hats at Lollapalooza, the latter looking particularly on point with her J.W. Anderson Spring ’14 menswear top and brash Versace medallion.
As is often the case with It girls and their wardrobes, parallels appeared on the runway. For Resort 2014, DKNY showed a black-and-white version of the accessory with a gold lamé bomber. Max Mara, too, employed the topper, pairing it with a vivid chevron top and pink cropped pants.