Spring 2014 Color Direction For Women

by Juan E. Romero

The Top 5 Spring 2014 Colors For Women

Spring 2014 officially arrives this week and the color direction for Spring 2014 is chock-full of surprises. Traditionally Spring colors are brighter than their Fall counterparts but this has changed over the past few seasons with the blurring of lines between the seasonal color palettes. Last Spring brought the return of neon pop colors and designers still seem to be in an upbeat mood.

In womenswear, the most important color this season is pink. Every shade of pink was highlighted in collections from Burberry Prorsum, John Galliano, Oscar de la Renta, Temperley London and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. From Hot Pink to Carnation, it seems that women will have plenty of pink options to choose from this Spring.

Trend Council Spring/Summer 2014 Carnation

Trend Council Spring/Summer 2014 Color – Carnation

Another key color is Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid (18-3224 TCX). This pale tone was front-and-center at Zac Posen, Versace, Prabal Gurung and Christopher Kane. Look for more variations of this sophisticated color in the women’s Fall 2014 runway shows.

Yellow was also important and here there are two clear winners. Canary Yellow as highlighted by Aigner, Iceberg, Fay and Michael Kors is the brighter option. The more demure choice was a paler, Pastel Yellow as shown by Oscar de la Renta and Ralph Lauren. My vote goes to Canary as it is a more versatile hue that works well for both men and women and across categories from sportswear to activewear.

Trend Council Spring/Summer 2014 Canary

Trend Council Spring/Summer 2014 Color – Canary

Trend Council also highlighted Venetian Red/Tomato Red for Spring 2014. This is a bright red with a slight orange cast and was prominently on display at Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Thakoon and Vera Wang. Always a staple in womenswear, this popular hue will prove even more influential this season.

The last essential color to look for this Spring is a bright Royal. This color appeared in the shows at Fendi, David Koma and Diane von Furstenberg. Dubbed Klein Blue or Reflex Blue by Trend Council, this almost neon shade is a cool departure from the more traditional feminine color selections.

To get even more Spring 2014 color direction, visit my Pinterest board Spring/Summer 2014 Color here. If you want to dive even deeper you can also check out my individual color boards to see the evolution of these key colors as the are being shown by designers around the world. Are you ready to infuse your wardrobe with a shot of color this Spring?

Juan E. Romero is the Owner and Creative Director of 65MCMLXV. He has more than twenty years of Fashion and Design Trend experience. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.

Spring 2014 Color Direction For Men

by Juan E. Romero

The Top 5 Spring 2014 Colors For Men

Spring 2014 arrives next week and there were some clear color choices for men this season. Most designers seemed to be in an optimistic mood as expressed by the popularity of bright, cheerful hues sprinkled into their collections.

Blue, by far, is the most important color for men this Spring. From dusty blue to deep navy, there was no shortage of blue hues on the runways. Trend Council highlighted Periwinkle, a washed-out royal and Gunmetal, a teal-like blue for Spring 2014. There are so many choices that work well for men within the blue color family. Blue can be combined with denim for a cool tonal look or men can opt to coordinate bright colors like yellow or neon green to add some flavor to their ensembles. Most blue tones resemble neutral colors, like grey or khaki, in feel and can be easily worn without having to worry too much about co-ordinating with other colors.

Color Solutions International SS14-Mens-Cool-Tones

Color Solutions International SS14-Mens-Cool-Tones

Red was also prominent in designer collections. Venetian Red, a bright, orange-casted shade was on display in the collections of Etro, Parke & Ronen and Patrik Ervell. Red is a versatile shade that works well with almost every other color and is a sure way to brighten your look without taking too much of a fashion risk. It works well with darker shades like navy, black and charcoal grey and has become a mainstream alternative in menswear.

Pink was another principal hue and was shown in the collections of Shaun Samson, Richard James, Christopher Raeburn and Burberry to name a few. This shade came in every version from a pale, almost pastel hue to a bright shocking pink tone. It seems that there is a big push among designers to incorporate this color into their collections this season as this was the most popular color for Spring 2014 womenswear. Most men will wear pink selectively but now there are more options and shades for them to choose from.

Orange is another key color that brightened the runway this season. Vivienne Westwood, Kenneth Cole and Christopher Shannon focused on a bright, almost activewear inspired shade dubbed Safety Orange by Trend Council.

Trend Council SS 2014

Trend Council SS 2014 Color

Stone in every shade from off-white to mid-grey was a neutralizing force in many collections. Diesel Black Gold, Gucci, Jill Sander and John Varvatos opted to tone down their color palettes with this timeless and popular menswear staple. This perennial favorite is a safe but essential choice for designers and menswear in general. You can’t go wrong including these neutral hues in your wardrobe, and they can always be spiced up with brighter colors as accents or with accessories.

To get even more Spring 2014 color direction, visit my Pinterest board Spring/Summer 2014 Color here. If you want to dive even deeper you can also check out my individual color boards to see the evolution of these key colors for the past several seasons. Are you feeling inspired to experiment with new color combinations this Spring?

Juan E. Romero is the Owner and Creative Director of 65MCMLXV. He has more than twenty years of Fashion and Design Trend experience. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.

How To Wear The Crop Trend

by Juan E. Romero

The Crop Trend Takes Off For Spring 2014

The Spring 2014 collections seem to be sending a clear message to women everywhere. Start the hitting the gym! Much like the cut-out trend from earlier seasons and the current sheer trend, the crop top trend takes its cues from ladies with toned bodies and midriffs.

Designers such as BCBG Max Azria, Alberta Ferretti, House Of Holland, Balenciaga and Alexander Wang all showed belly button baring designs in their Spring 2014 runway shows. Whether the crop tops were paired with flouncey skirts or dressy pants, they instilled an air of vibrancy and youth to the collections.

This trend is definitely slanted for those women that have trim waistlines and want to show them off. A perfect look for Spring and Summer, this style direction provides a bit of relief from those stifling hot days where too many layers or enclosed and constricting clothing can make you feel like your encased in plastic! The styling tends to be loose-fitting and the fabrications are usually made of breathable fabrics that make this a comfortable trend to wear.

Balenciaga Spring 2014

Balenciaga Spring 2014

My favorite versions of this look are a cropped woven or knit top that is paired with a flirty skirt or a pair of boyfriend jeans or Capri pants. I’m not a big fan of the bustier as it is a bit too revealing and unforgiving for those women with less than perfect bodies. It also is not a professional look that can be worn to the office.

Just last month, Kerry Washington, who is expecting her first child, wore a crop top ensemble by Prada to the Screen Actors Guild awards, challenging the notion that this look is only for women with super-model figures! I also like the option of wearing a cropped top over another top. This layering version provides even more choices to create a unique look by mixing fabrics, colors and patterns of differing lengths.

Alberta Ferretti Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Alberta Ferretti Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

This chic separates look allows for a plethora of cool combinations. The color blocked trend is well represented here and there is no shortage of mix-and-match print and pattern styling couplings that can be imagined.

To see some of the best examples of this trend, visit my Pinterest board, Crop Top Shop here. What about you? Do you plan on wearing some cool crop top looks as part of your Spring and Summer ensembles?

Juan E. Romero is the Owner and Creative Director of 65MCMLXV. He has more than twenty years of Fashion and Design Trend experience. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.