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What’s new in womenswear for spring 14?

Industry insider’s share their thoughts.

Style Council

Kate Coughlan

There’s a nautical theme on its way for spring 14. Designers have added a retro spin to it, with the return of the wide-leg jean. Vintage-style prints feature on fit-and-flare dresses (Little Mistress, pictured) and knitwear. Another new trend sees African inspiration bringing an injection of colour. There’s a real mash-up of prints in exotic colours.

Laura Grumbridge

We’re focusing on the streetwear trend this season and looking for unique prints that work well with our branding.

We love upcoming designers such as WIA (pictured) with its eccentric prints on jersey, and also LA brand Hellz Bellz. There is a notable surge in upcoming talent this season. We’re lucky to be in a time where fashion and art can cross over.

Jo Hooper

Sportswear continues to be a very strong trend for spring 14, with a modern take on the 1940s, combining wide-leg culottes, boxy shell tops and cropped tees in sun-bleached pastels. Layering is key, with new tropical-inspired prints paired with clean, modern sports-inspired separates for a contemporary look, with a gentle nod to Hawaiian retro chic (Kenzo resort 14, pictured).

Constanza Di Gennaro

So far my personal favourites have been matching pieces. [Directional] womenswear brand The P is showcasing great monochrome patterns in blazers and cropped trousers, perfect to combine with bright colours. My favourite silhouettes have come from [London label] Syo Kai (pictured), which looks perfectly tailored and relaxed at the same time. Shorts have been popular in spring 13 but for spring 14 they seem to be established as a wardrobe essential.

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