SS14 Vintage-Inspired Trends

It’s that time of year again, in just two weeks we’ll be hosting #TheVintageCollections at Clerkenwell to mark London Fashion Week with the best selection of iconic designer labels in town. Fashion designers and stylists will be scouring the archives of fashion history to pick up inspiration and shopaholics will be enjoying the thrill of finding that truly special addition to their wardrobe.

Across town, the catwalk shows will be revealing the trends for autumn/winter 14 while the street style crowd will be modelling the latest looks for spring/summer 14. The one thing we can predict: vintage-inspired looks popping up everywhere! Still looking for something to dress to impress during fashion week? We pick out the spring/summer 14 trends that hale straight from decades past.

The 1990s slip dress

Sexy, easy to wear and the most ladylike look to come out of the 1990s, the fashion editors are rejoicing in the return of the slip dress. You’ll get extra kudos for finding one in a nude colour just like Carrie Bradshaw in the early days of Sex and the City and just like Max Mara’s most recent runway show.

1980s block colours

Ralph Lauren taught us how to do power dressing for this season in head-to-toe primary colours. Post box red matching trousers and polo-necks and paint pot blue shift dresses were interspersed with black and white monochrome suits with ties. The result was a woman ready to take on living in a man’s world, a feeling that sums up the 1980s in a nutshell.

The 1950s debutant

If you’re on the hunt for something more demure and sophisticated, take note of Emilia Wickstead’s spring/summer 14 collection. The show could have easily been titled ‘How to be a lady’, with a number of glamorous looks with silhouettes plucked straight from the 1940s, 1950s and 1970s. However, it was the American debutant-style dresses that had the fashion set gushing. Keep it simple in plain silk fabrics but the golden rule is that skirts this season are worn below the knee.

The 1930s men’s trench coat

For the gents this spring/summer, designers have wised up to the fact that the wet weather is likely to stick around for a while longer. Enter trench coats, seen at Dries van Noten, Ermenegildo Zegna and Carven. Light weight, weather proof and with the added bonus of looking like a dashing Casabalanca star. Choose grey over brown to tick two trends in one and wear it pulled open with the belt tied.

For the best place to shop the trends with your own unique twist, buy your tickets now for #TheVintageCollections on 16th February here:—lfw

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