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#TheTrendForecastSeries - Matching Print, Streetstyle

Sources, from left to right: Jonathan Daniel Pryce, I’m Kool, Jonathan Daniel Pryce, Ghent Street Style, Julien Boudet, On the Corner, Stephanie O’Connor, and Unlimited by JK.

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#TheTrendForecastSeries - Floral Print, Street Wear

Sources, from left to right: Urban Visualist, Men In This Town, Street Style By Stela, Fashion Junkie, Men In This Town, Munich Streetstyle, On the Corner, Stefano Carloni, Street Style By Stela, and Unlimited By JK.

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#TheTrendForecastSeries - Oversized T-shirts

From left to right: Dolce & Gabanna, Adriaan Kuiters, Dressed Undressed, Piece d’Anarchive, Boris Bidjan Saberi, Au Courant, Julien David, Shaun Samson, Vivienne Westwood. All Spring/Summer 2014. 

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#TheTrendForecastSeries - Leather

From left to right: Craig Port, Dior Homme, DSquare2 , Hermes, Trussardi, and Versace, All Spring/Summer 2014.

#TheTrendForecastSeries - Print and Pattern Mixing

A few years ago, mixing prints was an extreme no-no. I suppose it is because people had’t gotten used to the idea of going to back to fashion trends from the 60s. It doesn’t help either that the people we saw mixing prints rarely got it correct. The fashion gods have tried one more time to re-introduce this trend on high-fashion runways in the hopes that it trickles down to mainstream fashion.

A few of you are probably asking why they should even try mixing patterns in the first place? Shouldn’t one stick to what they know and avoid committing fashion suicide by doing the unnecessary? Well, I agree with your concerns but as I mentioned in a previous post, fashion is all about experimenting. If you have the confidence to experiment (with the off chance that you fail) read on…

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Issey Miyake SS14

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Louis Vuitton SS14

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Craig Native SS14

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Viktor & Rolf SS14

There are a few guidelines that you should consider if you intend on print/pattern mixing:

  • Stick to the same print/pattern  - mix items of clothing with the same pattern, ie. polka dots, gingham, stripes or checks. Make sure they are varied in size, maybe even in colour. Also, consider mixing florals with florals, or camos with camos, and so on. Like the patterns, ensure that the items in  floral or camo have different prints, colours and sizes.
  • Stick to the same colour tone - to calm the look down, mix prints and patterns that are in the same colour tone. Play around with different shades of blue, grey, black, or even monochrome.

You can alternatively ignore the rules and re-create looks by Prada, Givenchy and Comme des Garcons.

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Prada SS14

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Givenchy SS14

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Comme des Garcons SS14 

If you aren’t sure which prints to pair up, consider this season’s biggest trends:

  • Floral prints
  • Psychedelic prints
  • Animal prints
  • Geometric prints
  • African-inspired prints

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Jean Paul Gaultier SS14

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McQ by Alexander McQueen SS14

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Vivienne Westwood SS14

Final Verdict

I trust the guidelines and pictures will inspire you and guide you in the right direction. If you are confident in yourself and your personal style, then there is no reason for you not to pull this look off!

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#TheTrendForecastSeries - GREY

From left to right: Hermes, Damir Doma Silent, Boris Bidjan Saberi, Kay Wok, John Varvatos, Les Hommes, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Shaun Samson, Marc by Marc Jacobs. All Spring/Summer 2014

#TheTrendForecastSeries - WHITE

The white tee is a staple in every stylish/fashionable man’s closet, and when he wears it he leaves it at that. Very rarely do you see men in all-white looks - maybe because of the preconceptions of it looking tacky or cheap, or maybe for the fear that it may be too high maintenance? This season we should all let go of the fear and follow the wise recommendations made by designers like Marc Jacobs, Adriaan Kuiters and David Tlale.

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Marc Jacobs SS14

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Adriaan Kuiters SS14

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David Tlale SS14 

If you intend on trying this trend out, why not follow these simple guidelines:

  • Try not to wear different shades of white on one outfit. The easiest and most accessible is ‘hospital’ white.
  • Less is more. About three to four items is enough, especially because it is so hot out.
  • Don’t try the trend halfheartedly. If the main idea of the look is to ALL-WHITE, then stick to that. When you start incorporating colour into the outfit, it distracts the eyes away from the main element.

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Au Courant SS14

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Jeremy Laing SS14

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Trussardi SS14 

Final Verdict

If you stick to the guidelines then you should be safe. Don’t forget to be creative though, show that white is a colour not to be avoided. 

#TheTrendForecastSeries - Floral Print

Floral prints are synonymous with spring and summer. It is only recently that menswear labels have started embracing what was seen as print mainly for women. Floral motifs are no longer being shunned because the western idea of what masculinity is about has become more flexible. For the last few seasons we’ve seen florals on men’s clothing establish themselves, and ‘flourish’. 

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Ralph Lauren SS14

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Marc Jacobs SS14

Designers have started moving away from the simple Hawaiian print, and even those that have kept true to it, are choosing to reinvent the way that this infamous print is presented.

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Kolor SS14

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Julien David SS14

The are various ways in which this trend has been interpreted. The runways have shown simple, and daring ways of wearing floral, ie:

  • micro-print floral 
  • dress down blooms
  • flower tailoring
  • head to toe floral

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Alexander McQueen SS14

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3.1 Phillip Lim SS14

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Prada SS14

If you are introducing florals to your wardrobe only in this season, I would suggest you take baby steps. Start with the basic items, maybe a t-shirt with micro floral print, or a tie, or even a cap. Dress that down with a simple t-shirt and shorts. Floral printed cotton pants and shorts add the finishing touch to your summer ensemble. For a more formal look, a floral-print pocket square will render the ‘pop’ that is needed. Whichever way you choose to wear your floral, make sure your colours and motifs do not clash.

If you decide to be daring this season, try out the looks by Alexander McQueen and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Head to toe floral is a massive risk, which needs a lot of confidence. You can keep to the same print, or try out various prints on the same outfit.

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Comme des Garcons SS14

Final Verdict


Florals have come a long way, from the crazy hawaiian shirts your father wore to the large plethora of prints one can choose from. Fashion is all about expressing oneself and experimenting, so go on and incorporate floral print into your otherwise boring closet.

#TheTrendForecastSeries - Summer Coats.

When you think of coats, one of the first scenarios that pops into your head is the autumn/winter chill, dead leaves flying past, and a layered ensemble of thick knits and boots. One never considers how even in spring and summer, the weather does tend to the roundabout and change ever so often. 

The trench coat has long been considered as a ‘autumn/winter’ staple. The coat is however being re-introduced after having being modified to suit warmer weather. Instead of being made of wool, summer trench coats are mostly made from cotton, which allows the skin to breathe and not suffocate in the heat. Designers have married the trench and the rain coat to produce an item that is water resistant, and can still keep you warm when the weather changes. The summer coat is made from lightweight material meaning you can carry it around without the burden of a heavy winter trench.

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#TheTrendForecastSeries - Block Colouring

From left to right: Dior Homme, Miharayasuhiro, Moschino, Miharayasuhiro, Valentino, Moschino, Wooyoungmi (2), and YMC. All Spring/Summer 2014

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#TheTrendForecastSeries - Matching Print

From left to right: Adriaan Kuiters, Issey Miyake, Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake, John Galliano, Kolor, Valentino, Neil Barret, and Yohji Yamamoto. All Spring/Summer 2014

#TheTrendForecastSeries - GREY

The colour grey  has been labelled as boring, uninspiring or drab. This colour is reserved for autumn and winter when one is allowed to wear your more neutral and cold colours. In spring and summer, people look towards the larger variety of bright colours and patterns for their clothing and shy away from hues that seem too boring for such a vibrant time. The fashion industry has however decided to go back to basics - by re-introducing monochrome and neutrals, so hence grey is back with a bang! Designers have placed great importance to tone and texture meaning you can wear grey from head to toe and still look chic and put together.

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Michael Kors SS14

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Marc Jacobs SS14

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Neil Barret SS14

All-grey outfits may sound boring, but done correctly you may produce a stunning look. Grey is an amazing colour because there are so many variations of it from your dark charcoal hues, to the lighter shades like concrete grey. Ensure that you vary the look by wearing items in various textures, and patterns. You can break up the look by wearing accessories in different colours. Think brown brogues, a navy or burgundy cardigan, navy loafers, a tan tote bag, or a black belt. Grey is a very neutral colour, so it will go with any (bright) colour you choose.

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Trussardi SS14

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Z for Zegna SS14

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Louis Vuitton SS14

Final Verdict

Don’t listen to the stereotypes about grey being boring or uninspiring. You cant go wrong wearing neutral colours, so why not wear them from head to toe?

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#TheTrendForecastSeries - WHITE

From left to right: Givenchy, Comme des Garcons, Diesel Black/Gold, Jeremy Laing, Lacoste, Trussardi, Yohji Yamamoto, and Vivienne Westwood. All Spring/Summer 2014

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#TheTrendForecastSeries - Jumpsuits

From left to right: A.P.C., Hermes (2), Julien David, Jeremy Laing, Julien David, Rag & Bone, Shaun Samson, and Trussardi. All Spring/Summer 2014

#TheTrendForecastSeries - BLACK

You’re probably thinking, ”who wears black in the middle of Spring?” and that is a valid question. When it 35 degrees Celsius out, the last thing you want is to be boiling underneath an all black outfit. The collections from Spring/Summer runways have shown that there are ways of still being (and looking cool) while in the most basic colour, also ensuring a brilliant outfit.

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3.1 Phillip Lim SS14

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Diesel Black/Gold SS14

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Les Hommes SS14

The easiest way to pull this look of is by wearing a simple black t-shirt, black shorts and a pair of shoes in black. If you want more detail in your look, opt for a black graphic t-shirt. For a more formal and night time look, a black shirt and tailored pants will do the trick. Remember to avoid having too many accessories as this takes away from the simplicity of the look. You can choose anything from tasseled loafers, leather brogues or desert boots for your feet. 
Another fun way to complete your look is by throwing on a slim fit jacket - it can be leather or denim, whatever works for your specific taste.

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Fabianni SS14

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John Varvatos SS14

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Topman Design SS14

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Yohji Yamamoto SS14 

Final Verdict

Forget the haters that say that black is boring or should only be worn by goth/emo teens. The biggest advantage to black is how flexible it is. All-black looks are extremely convenient, simple and timeless.

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#TheTrendForecastSeries - BLACK

From left to right: David Tlale, Balenciaga, Les Hommes, Alexandre Plokhov, Neil Barret, T by Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, Topman Design, Versace, and Craig Native. All Spring/Summer 2014

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#TheTrendForecastSeries - Blue

From left to right: Moschino, Orley (2), Rag & Bone, Salvatorre Ferragamore, Trussardi, Valentino, Vivienne Westwood, Z Zegna. All Spring/Summer 2014

#TheTrendForecastSeries - Spring/Summer 13/14

The last Spring/Summer fashion week happened a few weeks ago. There were tons of them, from London, Paris, and New York, even here in South Africa we had the Cape Town and Johannesburg fashion weeks proudly sponsored by Mercedes Benz.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be covering trends that emerged from the collections shown in the fashion weeks. This series is not an intention to forecast trends, and even so, I would be a few months too late. The series is to analyse quite a lot of the collections and group together the concepts I saw to show strongly in the designs. This series is only coming out a few weeks after the last show, because there were dozens of collections to go through, and an immense amount of time has been spent researching each individual trend or idea that was picked up.

Keep on the look out for new posts!

All my light, 
Tiger

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