Spring 2014 Runway Trend: Art as Fashion

There were several fashion trends that emerged from the 2014 Spring Ready-to-Wear runway shows back in September.  Now that the Spring buying season is nearly upon us it will be interesting to see which trends will make it to the racks and which ones will remain on the cutting room floor.  In the next several blog posts I will share with you my favorite Spring trends and translate them for your buying pleasure…

Bring out the ART!  Wow!  Talk about a pop of color… many designers made quite a splash using bold brushstrokes and hand-painted murals as prints.  Fashion Royalty like Chanel, Prada, Dior, Versace, Celine and many more chose this time to show us their artistic side in a most literal way.  Here are a few of my favorite canvases…

Spring 2014 Runway Trend- Art as Fashion

Now let’s translate this look into something you and I can actually wear.  Finding a “printed dress” in the stores or online is not difficult.  They’re everywhere.  What you want to look for in order to nail this trend is a piece that looks like it may have been hand-painted.  Try to find a bold, colorful print that doesn’t have a repeat in the pattern.  Keep your accessories simple.  Either choose a couple of colors to highlight or go with all black and let the dress do the work…

Art as Fashion Trend Translation

Shop The Look:
1.  Catherine Malandrino Dress, $183, theoutnet.com
2.  Alexis Bittar Lucite Bangle, $40, mymoshposh.com
3.  Isaac Mizrahi Clutch, $158, lordandtaylor.com
4.  Jeffrey Campbell Holographic Sandal, $165, neimanmarcus.com

I also found a great Nicole Miller dress here and Labour of Love dress here that will both fit the bill for this trend.

XOXO,

RT Signature

Swimsuits Now~ Retro Fit, Modern Print

One Piece Swimsuit We Are Handsome(photo: wearehandsome.com)

My family and I just returned from a very relaxing pool-side vacation, so naturally I have swimwear on the brain.  If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to dive into a new one-piece swimsuit.  The trend has swept the runways and fashion-minded women are embracing this fun, yet sophisticated style.  While I love the retro-inspired one-piece numbers shown all over the runways, I don’t want to look like I just popped out of a vintage Florida post card.  I’m looking for something a bit more subtle.  These printed versions bring a modern vibe to the classic swimsuit style…

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1. Roksanda Ilincic, $452, matchesfashion.com
2. We Are Handsome, $344, my-wardrobe.com
3. Paul Smith, $115, paulsmith.co.uk
4. Zimmerman, $265, net-a-porter.com
5. Lucas Hugh, $95, theoutnet.com
6. Oscar De La Renta, $173, theoutnet.com
7. Marc by Marc Jacobs, $210, stylebop.com
8. Heidi Klein, $237, net-a-porter.com

P.S.- Take a walk on the wild side in the tribal-influenced styles pictured below.  All suits shown below are on sale currently at Neiman Marcus.
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Enjoy the rest of your summer!

XOXO~ Runway Translator

Runway Translation: Sheer Fabrics

Sheer Runway Spring 2013
runway photos: style.com

Sheer, lightweight fabrics graced the runways of Roberto Cavalli, Akris, Donna Karan, Tom Ford, Rick Owens, and many other talented designers.  And what better way to represent the Spring season than to show some skin? But if being scantily clad is not your style, try pairing a semi-sheer dress with a jacket and you’ll still turn heads…

Sheer Translation Spring 2013

1. Helmet Lang Asymmetric Sheer Dress, $160, theoutnet.com
2. Warehouse Biker Jacket, $88, houseoffraser.co.uk
3. Blu Bijoux Beaded Hoop Earrings, $17, maxandchleo.com
4. Apple Crinkle Clutch, $74, Debenhams.com
5. Asos Holland Leather Heeled Sandal, $127, us.asos.com