Pantone has announced its 2014 Color of the Year, and it’s Radiant Orchid! As we work our way into a new spring season, I have to say that this choice came as a bit of a surprise to me at first. After seeing all of the designers’ Spring ’14 runway collections last fall, Radiant Orchid was certainly not a hue that was wildly seen or used. We did, however, see tons of blush tones and pale pinks, white collars, sporty inspired articles, great metallics, and of course, what spring would be complete without a solid dose of florals? What I slowly started to realize, though, was what a fantastic color Radiant Orchid could be if used as an accent color with all of the fantastic spring trends coming our way.
2013 has really been a fantastic year for fashion. Believe it or not, there aren’t too many terrible trends that I’d like to see go, but I was able to come up with a list of five that I’d love to see the Times Square ball drop on…
The 1970s was an amazing decade! The assertion of women’s rights in that era was directly reflected in the fashions of the time. Yves Saint Laurent’s introduction of Le Smoking subverted the idea of what we gals ‘should’ wear — and in that era, of Gloria Steinem’s glorious activism – we started sporting denim and slacks, tossing those prim, restricting dresses to the wayside. They called it the “Feel Good” decade for more than one reason, folks!
Fall temperatures are finally upon us, and it’s time to start wearing all of the fabulous fall fashions we have been dying to bust out. From emerald green to cherry red, leathers to colored furs, and ladylike to ’90s grunge, there is one accessory trend that pretty much works with them all…metal accents. I love when you find a trend that is as diverse and versatile as this one. Regardless of your go-to look, color or fabric, you will certainly be able to find a way to incorporate this trend into any of your outfits.
The hands-down best addition to any shoe wardrobe right now is the ankle bootie. The ’90s footwear staple is making a comeback in a major way. They are comfortable and a perfect addition to your fall wardrobe.
Punk and grunge are two hot fall trends that show no signs of stopping. While a common interpretation of punk includes straps, safety pins, leather and more, punk was actually started as an anti-establishment movement. Grunge could be considered a distant relative; it’s a softened version of punk in a way, created in response to the excess of the ’80s. While punk is harsher and more costume-y, grunge is a bit more stripped back, dirty and disheveled.
Maroon has long been one of the staple colors we tend to see a lot of in designers’ fall collections. This season, we are seeing an interesting array of deep maroons mixed with a variety of berry to cherry tones. Designers are using this color palette on everything from knits and satins to leathers and exotic skins. Not only are we finding this trend in clothing, but also in beauty! Here’s how you can embrace these succulent shades this season.
Menswear is one of those trends that just won’t die, so if you haven’t incorporated it into your wardrobe yet, what are you waiting for? Know that it’s possible to wear pieces borrowed from the boys without looking like one. Here are a few of my favorite ladylike ways to wear menswear for fall.