Last Spring, Fall Fashion Week 2014 was all the buzz. Confusing we know, but the crazy international fashion calendar teases us with fabulous new trends that are meant to be worn months in the future. Never fear! Depending on your location, Fall and even Winter are here! So it’s just the right time to look back on the Fall 2014 runway trends that you can add immediately to your Winter wardrobe.
Winter Fashion Trends
Fall 2014 Runway
During the Fall 2014 runway shows, designers from around the globe sent daring new looks down the runway, thrilling retailers and fashion fans in the process. Now, the time is finally here to incorporate those Fall fashion trends into your seasonal wardrobe. Here are 8 of our favorite winter fashion trends – straight from the runway.
Fall fashion doesn’t have to be bland or routine. Case in point: the romantic prints seen on the runway from brands like Valentino, Tracy Reese and Louis Vuitton. From dark floral prints and polka dots to lace details and nature scenes, the tapestry combination of drama and romance created look-at-me dresses that could not be ignored, putting a fresh spin on classic prints.
Over the years, the biggest names in fashion have dabbled in everything from bold faux fur to dramatically oversized fur outerwear. This season from Sacai to 3.1 Phillip Lim, one of the biggest runway trends was shearling – everything from jacket collars, to pockets, bomber jackets, vests, boots, and more. And there’s nothing more classically winter than a shearling jacket, blending warmth and comfort with effortless style.
Shades of Gray
Tired of wearing all black every time the temperatures drop? So were the designers, who were seeing grey. From formal to casual wear, grey was the shade of Fall Fashion Week, featured on a number of luxurious looks like a dramatic Hermès coat or an elegant one-shoulder top by Ralph Lauren. And with lots of shades to choose from, grey can channel the most sultry or the most sunny of fashion moods. Talk about versatility.
While shades of gray were making definite waves on some runways, color was doing the very same thing on others. More than a few designers chose to put a little vibrancy into their collections, like Dior’s bright pink and green combo dresses and Altuzarra’s pink and gray coats. Oh, and just about everything from the Betsey Johnson collection – no surprise there!
The Wrap Coat
Outerwear is always important during this time of year, if only for the utilitarian purpose of keeping out the cold. But fashion lovers want to look good doing even the most mundane of tasks, which is perhaps why one of the biggest Fall fashion trends was the wrap coat. Boxy, oversized, and long-length wrap coats are perfect to layer over sweaters and suits, seen at brands like Roberto Cavalli, Delpozo and Burberry Prorsum to name a few.
We know, we know. Animal prints, yawn. But these weren’t your average leopard or zebra print looks. Many dresses, sweaters, and knit pieces featured seriously unique animal prints like swans, foxes, cats, and dogs. These large prints brought a little whimsy to otherwise sophisticated fall collections. Our favorite? The three-quarter-sleeve blue owl dress from Dolce & Gabbana.
Layers of Knitwear
Fall fashion without knitwear would be simply unthinkable. And unlike previous seasons, this Fall, knitwear is all about layers upon layers upon layers. Take a cue from the runways of Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney or Calvin Klein by combining knits to your heart’s desire, like a knit dress with a knit scarf and knit leggings for a head-to-toe knitwear inspired look.
If you think that pastels are reserved for Spring and Summer, think again. Designers made pastels Fall-worthy by showcasing cool weather dresses, skirts and capes in mint green, soft blue, pale yellow, and pretty pink. The feminine designs created by Chloé, Oscar de la Renta and Gucci were perfect examples of pastel done right. We can see them now: layered under loads of knits and shearling checking all the boxes on the best winter fashion trends.
Sources / Photo Credits:
Betsey Johnson: Anton Oparin / Shutterstock.com, Tracy Reese: Sam Aronov / Shutterstock.com, Feature image Serge Azria: lev radin / Shutterstock.com, Oscar de la Renta: Anton Oparin / Shutterstock.com