Retailers are embracing new trends and updating old classics to create something fresh for next season’s shoppers.
Catwalk trends continue to be a big influence on Asos’s womenswear. In spring 14 its fashion-focused shoppers will be treated to an array of new silhouettes, including Balenciaga-inspired sculptural dresses that offer a young and modern take on sporty tennis dress styles, scallop-edged backless options and pleat-front midi-length skirts worked in sheer fabrics. High-low hems are a key feature, coming on everything from dresses to tops, and even in this season’s favourite fabric: ripped and frayed denim. Embellished, embroidered, beaded and sequined finishes are sprinkled throughout, while florals are in full bloom, predominately as photo-real prints on matching sets or clashing separates.
The trend for masculine footwear styles for women is here to stay at Clarks, with brogues and loafers taking precedence next season. Hints of pastel colours such as pink and details including woven leather or cut-outs add a more feminine, modern edge to the styles, which have been inspired by the Clarks archive. Elsewhere, sandals are chunky, with block heels and thick straps. Some heel styles have been heightened this season, broadening the options in the collection.
Clarks men’s and Originals
For spring 14 Clarks has updated its men’s classic footwear styles with an array of new fabrics. Canvas, suede and chalky leathers work across casual styles including mid-boots or deck shoes, while mesh and weave details add interest to dressier designs such as derby shoes. Other details include strips of colour added to the soles of classic brogues, while casual styles incorporate cork soles. For the Clarks Originals line, London-based pattern specialist Patternity has created a capsule collaboration, redesigning a desert boot style in two colours.
This season, Cath Kidston has expanded its clothing range from a handful of items to a fuller collection including playsuits, trousers, high-waisted shorts, knitwear and swimwear. The key prints include an illustrated safari theme which comes in a khaki shade across relaxed-fit trousers and a short playsuit. Cath Kidston’s perennial vintage-inspired florals are also present and correct, in deep blues and dusky pinks, while quirky pieces such as a
teapot-motif jumper nod to the brand’s British heritage.
Tesco’s F&F heads to Rio in Brazil for inspiration, with a diverse womenswear collection that manages to hit many spring trends under the umbrella of one original theme. Several key pieces come in white - one of the biggest catwalk trends of the season - including a relaxed-fit sweatshirt and a wide circle midi-skirt with a mesh cut-out trim. On the other side of the spectrum, electric blue works as a base colour, with bright embroidery adding a fun, carnival-like element across tops and accessories.