A first look at the key trend stories and major pieces in the multiples’ spring 14 offers, with more to follow in next week.
Reiss has based its menswear around the classic resort style of the 1950s. Key pieces include Cuban-collar shirts, coloured Harrington jackets and basket-weave blazers, while prints have taken a slightly bolder edge, with Moroccan tiling and blown-up geometric patterns. Suits have been slimmed down in silhouette, while shirting is kept neat with concealed buttons. Basic layering will also play a strong role, with relaxed pieces such as jersey loungewear.
Streetwear is a strong influence, coming through in a sleek monochrome story featuring contrast-sleeve bomber and varsity jackets, skinny jeans or the key jogging pants. A grungier direction references 1990s plaids, biker jackets and ripped denim. Prints offer a splash of colour via tropical florals and religious icon graphics. A lighter palette of pastels covers short chinos, marl sweats and denim. Suits come in printed styles for the bolder shopper or in light chambrays and navy blues for a more commercial slant, alongside a summery take on heritage blazers.
Like its men’s offer, Reiss womenswear also travels back to the 1950s and 1960s.
The retailer cites the French Riviera as inspiration for the collection, which uses a palette of pastels and white.
Texture is a strong theme, with a calf hair A-line skirt standing out. Jumpsuits also feature strongly. Reiss is banking on trans-seasonal pieces, such as an electric blue wool pea coat that could tide customers over if the weather remains unpredictable come spring.
Warehouse takes a cleaner direction for spring, with catwalk-inspired all-white outfits and asymmetric hems.
Florals are a trip, in acid brights and fluoro shades. White cotton, embroideries and cutwork get a modern update - no longer girly and ditsy but cool, crisp and layered to create semi-sheers, mixed with mesh and neoprene fabrics. Sunny evenings inspire a more relaxed look, with palm-tree florals, ethnic paisleys and tribal geometrics covering loose culottes, split-hem maxi dresses and breezy wide-sleeved jackets.
The Karen Millen womenswear collection has a tougher edge than might be expected for spring. Leather biker jackets and wide-leg trousers come in black, navy and khaki, with punchy details such as cutouts and zips. Jeans feature a boyfriend cut with patchwork elements. Femininity is emphasised via mesh appliqué pieces and delicate lace across skirts and dresses.