Part Two: Our round-up of spring 15 looks continues, with the 1970s trend chief among the influences.
The extensive womenswear collection from Asos covers a multitude of trends. A cartoon, kitsch theme provides plenty of fun for younger shoppers and is a genuine point of difference on pieces including statement sweaters and oversized separates. Denim is strong, with raw-edged pieces such as jackets referencing the 1990s, while the 1970s trend is represented by long fringed waistcoats, printed flared trousers and suede skirts. Tailoring impresses, with sleeveless blazers and smart db coats, while smarter options nod to the military theme with items such as belted shirt dresses. Partywear is a highlight, with embellishment, lace and appliqué on dresses.
There is plenty of detail in the Asos menswear collection, which helps it catch the eye. Shirts, for example, come with contrast panelling in prints or bold colours, while tailored waistcoats have an asymmetric hem. Another highlight is a flannel shirt with a baseball jersey-style collar. As with Asos’s womenswear (see page 34), a cartoon theme on printed jumpers and T-shirts is unique to the etailer, while bold
sporty pieces work well alongside them, such as zip-through colour-blocked shell jackets. On the smarter side, suits feature a variety of bold colours and prints. More classic pieces such as a db belted mac complete the range.
Taking on the 1970s trend, womenswear at Tesco’s F&F includes hero pieces such as long-line waistcoats, cropped trousers and maxi dresses for a bohemian vibe. The relaxed proportions are easy to wear and the muted colours won’t alienate shoppers. Military khaki is another theme for outerwear, with a lightweight parka and a transitional trench coat, again nodding to trends but without straying far from classic styles. Sportswear-inspired pieces such as joggers, a neoprene shift dress and bomber jackets round off the extensive range and add edginess for younger customers.
A greater emphasis on colour than in previous seasons defines the new Tesco F&F menswear range. There is a modern feel to it, with casual styling such as knitted polo shirts and loose-fitting linen trousers, compared with the more formal feel of autumn 14. Silhouettes have been relaxed, moving away from the skinny fit. Summery suiting features pastel colours and digital prints, as well as updates on classics such as colourful Prince of Wales checks. Generally, the key colour is blue, from dark indigo to pale chambray, although bolder colours such as orange are also used for some more casual pieces such as bomber jackets.
Classic pieces in luxury fabrics form the basis of Jaeger’s spring 15 womenswear, which looks to English sculptor Barbara Hepworth for inspiration. Her signature palette of neutrals and pastels comes into play, as well as the clean lines of her sculptural work. Prints are also painterly and include florals inspired by Hepworth’s tropical garden. Mid-length dresses, pencil skirts, boxy jackets and wide-leg trousers are therefore unfussy, with minimal detailing. Fabrics such as suede and leather feature across outerwear, including a duster coat and cropped jackets. Like the menswear range, the women’s offer also plunders the Jaeger archives for inspiration, celebrating the brand’s 130-year heritage. The signature trench coat is a key item, used as a hero piece but also reinvented as separate skirts and dresses, evoking a 1970s feel in Jaegar’s own take on this popular trend.
Marks & Spencers
Casualwear for M&S men is slightly smarter this season, with classic pieces like formal blazers and macs for summer. However, key updates such as lighter-weight fabrics or asymmetric fastenings give the range a fresh edge. Like F&F, blue is a key colour, with plenty of blue denim in the casual collections. The Autograph range focuses on texture, with patterned suits or marl yarn knits making for some interesting pieces. Meanwhile, a nautical trend comes through in the more casual Blue Harbour offer, with red, white and blue striped and checked items. North Coast throws in a few younger fashion pieces such as camo-print shorts, coloured jersey and retro-print shirts.
Marks & Spencers
Five trends feature across all of M&S’s womenswear brands: Indigo, Per Una, Autograph and Limited Edition. Into the Blue uses shades from pale blue to indigo on separates, with a focus on denim and chambray. Uniformity looks to the military trend, with a standout khaki asymmetric biker jacket and an emphasis on shirt dresses. Summer of Love is a 1970s hippy theme, including suede (real and fake) skirts, flared jeans and fringed lightweight jackets. The Orient features Eastern-inspired styling, with wraparound shapes for jackets and tops, while Modern Romance includes sheer and lacy separates and form-fitting dresses.
Stepping back in time, Dorothy Perkins looks to the 1970s and 1990s for inspiration. White is a key colour in a 1990s minimalist story,
with simple silhouettes including sleeveless jackets, cigarette trousers and a wide-leg jumpsuit. This slightly dressier range is complemented by the more casual 1970s trend which includes substantial amounts of real suede and denim pieces like bell-bottomed jeans and button-front skirts. Simple tunics and wrap skirts are again quite minimal, but the overall look is very much authentically 1970s and taken straight from the catwalks, which should go down well with Dorothy Perkins’ trend-minded customers.
Prints from Hobbs are an attractive addition to the high street for spring, with the retailer interpreting the 1970s trend via the spirit of bohemia. Bold florals are particularly popular as all-over designs, whether in vintage wallpaper effects, punchy monochrome or more delicate designs. The spirit of the decade is also enhanced in key pieces such as wide-leg trousers, flared jeans and fringing on items such as suede skirts. Gingham, a popular trend from spring 15 catwalks,also features, making for some pretty, feminine pieces such as pencil skirts and day dresses. As always, high-quality fabrications such as silk shirting, suede coats, hand-cut lace skirts and linen jackets cement this premium offer, which is refreshingly laid back.
Womenswear at Reiss interprets the 1970s trend by looking to Manhattan during the infamous Andy Warhol and Studio 54 era. Its version of the women’s tuxedo comes through as a slinky tuxedo jumpsuit or sharply tailored white blazer. Bold colours such as red and yellow stand out on summer party dresses, while textures including lace and leather add interest to skirts and other separates. Core items are also on offer, with functional trench coats, city shorts and lightweight T-shirts making for a well-considered range with appeal to a variety of customers.
The spring range from Laura Ashley is as pretty and feminine as you would expect. Pastels are a strong colour story, with ladylike day dresses in lace or delicate floral prints, and softly draped trousers, skirts and blouses in pale pinks and blues. Teal and grey feature on a particularly impressive brushed-wool pencil skirt and boxy top combination, alongside a db coat and pussybow blouse. Bolder pieces include tropical-print kimonos and relaxed trousers, and a nautical theme includes red, navy and white separates such as A-line dresses, chinos and a trench coat in block colours or stripes.
There is no chance of the Topman range blending into the crowd, as it has a host of standout pieces. The retailer’s interpretation of the 1970s trend is one of menswear’s boldest, with high-waisted flared jeans and oversized fringing on suede jackets. Proportions are played with throughout, so suiting comes with cropped trousers and dropped crotches, or shrunken blazers with short sleeves. Other alternatives to suits are on offer, including a zip-through jacket and cuffed trouser combination. Slogan T-shirts and sporty slogan shorts are a particularly summery option and a little more mainstream. These sit alongside loud printed shirts covered in florals, geometric shapes and Aztec-style prints.