One of the joys of going on vacation is stepping into a new reality style zone and observing what people are actually wearing on the streets and the trends that are selling in stores on the other side of the world. After a refreshing holiday, over the next couple of weeks we will bring you a wrap up of the current wave of trends from the high streets of London, and the runway shows they trickled down from starting with denims and trousers.
Balmain Resort 2014
Alexander McQueen Resort 2014 (Top) | Denim at ZARA and Topshop (bottom)
Die Hard Denim: Remember when you swore you’d never wear sky blue denim again? Well it’s time to rummage through that forgotten pile of clothes at the back of your closet because they are back in style. It seems with the raging colored jeans trend that is still strong as ever, fashionistas were missing the good ol’ original denim fades of the 90’s. After all how long has it been since you put on a classic pair of blue jeans? The style may also have been adapted from Alexander McQueen, Altuzarra, and Balmain Resort 2014 collection that worked profusely with patchwork blue denims in myriad different fades. Whatever the reason, the return to washed out denim is back and here to stay. We saw them at ZARA and Top Shop among other high street stores along with the Denim Studio at Selfridges.
Denim Studio Display at Selfridges London
High street printed denim skinnys
ZARA inspired by Mary Katrantzou Resort 2014
Print Puzzler: It was next to impossible to find jeans that hadn’t been ripped up or scuffed at the knees and thighs. The return to grunge is setting in once again but this time it sits next to chic, supple, silk printed pyjama trousers. There is a fashion schizophrenia of sorts in the stores where several decades of fashion genres are cozying up together to form a new era of liberal minded style ethos. Remarkable digitally printed trousers inspired from the works of Mary Katrantzou made up the ‘New Collection’ section at ZARA meanwhile racks of contrast stripes, animal prints, floral bouquets, self printed denim, and bohemian ethnic printed silk cropped loose pants filled the stores. The shift makes a bold fashion statement but more so is a genius business sales pumping move as it elevates the status of bottoms from basic garments that go with everything, to a separate apparel entity whereby it is no longer enough to just own neutral colored solids. You need to pay as much attention to the color and print of your pants, as you do your tops!
Saba Ansari wearing ZARA printed floral silk pants
Spotted in Boho Printed pyjama silk trousers
Colored Norm: Colored jeans have become the norm next to the edgier prints but the palette has evolved with the seasons. Most popular shades for SS13 are coral and lime yellow among burgundy, turquoise, and cobalt blue that have receded into the background. Hues in white are trending high as is a bit of embroidery down the vertical sides. For the first time we noticed more style cuts in pants than in tops with leather, silk harem, billowing baggy silhouettes , and high waisted cropped being the most obvious of the lot again stemming from the runway collections of Chloe, Rochas, Cavalli and Alexander Wang among others. Ofcourse these were slightly more risky choices as worn with the wrong shoes or attitude could end up in disaster.
Khadijah spotted in neon yellow jeans
Coral colored jeans and jeggings for S/S13
Alexander Wang and Chloe slouchy trousers Resort 2014
Sanam Chaudhri spotted in classic blue denim and a ZARA floral top
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