Trend Alert: Vacation Trend Spotting (Part II)

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Last week we talked about some of the high fashion and high street trends we spotted during our recent holiday in London, basically covering everything below the waistline. Continuing where we left off, this week concentrates on the glaring eastern inspired theme that penetrated everything from Cavalli to ZARA and a closer look at accessories in particular.

Roberto Cavalli Resort 2014

(top) Accessorize | (bottom) ZARA

‘Mirror Mirror on the Wall…’: No doubt the business reality of global high street labels such as ZARA and H&M moving their production processes to the Subcontinent is having a marked impact on their designs as well. Tribal mirror works and ethnic gypsy beaded detailing showed up on everything from jumpsuits to clutches and flats. The shiny vintage effect paired with colorful embroidery is well suited for summer and is doubly satisfying for us as we can get accessories that work just as well with eastern and western wear alike. Peasant tops floated around with the same village handcrafted embellishments. On closer inspection we found the real runway source of the style in Roberto Cavalli’s Resort 2014 collection. The entire line was like an ode to India with its circular mirror encrusted dresses, pants, jackets, and even the traditional boho vest. It’s always wonderful to feel recognized and this style definitely fits right in.

Roberto Cavalli Resort 2014

ZARA

Innate Ikat: The Ikat print kurta we found at ZARA could easily have been from the Sana Safinaz silk prêt collection. Fashion is truly merging as the lines between the east and west continue to blur. While the word originated in Indonesia, and the technique has thick historic linkages to India, Japan and many South East Asian countries, it is actually a universal form of textile art recognized in all parts of the world. However lately the Ikat craze has been simultaneously creating waves everywhere and Cavalli called it a ‘Gujarati’ print as he explored it elaborately on cotton instead of the usual animal patterns, in some cases combining the two conflicting print genres. The effect was intriguingly charismatic to say the least. All in all Ikat is here to stay.

Top: Guiseppe Zanotti | Bottom left: Alaia | Bottom right: Christian Louboutin

Top: ZARA | Middle: Oscar de la Renta | Bottom: ZARA

Cut-Out Booties: The next obsession for summer were Booties with an attitude. The cut-out bootie is really a genius solution that reinvents boots to include them into one’s summer wardrobe and it is a creative style bomb. The cut lends itself naturally to geometric color blocking that sets off a whole new dimension of trend fever on its own. Shoelaces, fringe, buckles, laser cutwork and print make the options endless. A definite must have this season, cut-out booties look steaming with skinny pants and a tailored blazer, ofcourse surrendering to the towering heel factor is crucial as it doesn’t fly high with stout heels.

Sailor theme at Marc Jacobs, Prabal Gurung, and Chloe

Valentino Resort 2014

Valentino Resort 2014

Ahoy Sailor! Sailor stripes stood proud in navy and white and we were amazed and how much could be done in terms of creativity with the simple nautical theme. Rectangular striped collars, metallic double buttons, and horizontal lines of varying widths all hinted at the seaside story. The thing with the mariniere theme is it always looks very smart and confident, qualities hard to tire of in any fashion age. Echoes of sailor were spotted at Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Valentino and many others however our favorite was the all out navy top to toe preppy looks seen at Chloe Resort 2014.

Which of these summer trends are you giving the nod to this holiday season ? In case you missed Part I published last week catch it now on the Blog.

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