We’re in for a high-octane, high-fashion ride for Spring/Summer 2014, judging from what the Swarovski Collective served up during Fall’s Fashion Weeks this year. The international ready-to-wear collections saw minimalism being edged out in favor of fabulously over-the-top, outré creations. Long live the maximalist!
There was a serious leaning towards mega-embellishment, from Giles’s extravagant black beading-and-feather combinations and crystal-encrusted lips print, to Michael Van Der Ham’s crystal-covered A-line skirts and Huishan Zhang’s exquisite crystalline columns. Indeed, Alexis Mabille even went as far as layering gold-encrusted shell tops over simple boiler suits, showing that this season, even the most utilitarian among us will be piling on the glitz.
Expanding on the more-is-more theme, designers opted for fluid molten hues. Wes Gordon showed silver chainmail midis. Suno gave us delicate, silver-embellished shifts and glistening peplum evening tops. Metallics across luxe separates were showed in a beautiful, punchy shimmering teal.
Florals for spring are a no-brainer, but this time the petals are seriously super-sized. Mary Katrantzou defied all the fabric rules to embellish artfully crafted cocktail dresses with opulent 3D blooms. Sister by Sibling went for a similarly OTT flowery effect in their extraordinary sky-blue prom skirt. And Creatures of the Wind exploited floral touches with a bold graphic, giving blooms standout punch by superimposing them onto geometric-print T-shirts. Meanwhile, Michael Van Der Ham placed a similarly bold centerpiece on his shifts. At Suno, the designers scaled up daisies into a bold monochrome pattern—which, as it happens, is another of Spring’s big fashion moments. From Masha Ma’s apocalyptic elegance of ripped white-and-black, high-neck column dresses, to Prabal Gurung’s delicately black feather-embellished, crisp white slip dresses, stark contrast is the smart way to stand out in a field full of posies.
Finally, here’s something that feels like a bit of a throwback. Are you ready to revisit the Nineties? It’s time to show off that midriff (thank you to Rodarte, Sister by Sibling, and Masha Ma, for the crop-tops), unveil your shoulders with a spaghetti-strap top (Michael Van Der Ham) and think: would Cher Horowitz from Clueless wear this Sister by Sibling skirt suit? This spring is sure going to be a fashion riot.
Photography by Dan Lecca.