AW14 Collections

Playing Dress Up

 

Balancing your summer staples with AW14’s incoming trends is a tricky feat. But a dress is the perfect transitional investment and the piece that can solve your wardrobe woes. Whether you prefer sheer or seventies inspired, we reveal the greatest styles for the new season…

By Laura Hawkins

Fancy Fringing

Fringed embellishments will instantly animate any dress shape. At Stella McCartney, undulating fringing adorns mesh streamlined dresses, while fringed Valentino poncho dresses come in seventies suede and shirt dresses at MSGM are elevated by delicate raw edge bouclé.

The Power of Print

Keen to make a statement? Opt for an eye catching print. Dolce & Gabbana’s key print dresses hint at medieval mystery and tap into AW14’s penchant for folklore, Moschino’s cereal print t-shirt dresses are pop art sensations, and Preen’s oriental blooms herald stand-out sophistication.

Layer Up

Multiple layers are an AW14 essential and dresses are not exempt. Think more is more: Marni’s cocoon shaped dresses layered with wide legged trousers and Marc Jacobs’ sequin smocks and polo necks. Thakoon’s layered ribbed sweater and pinstripe shirt dress is the cheat's version.

Swinging Sixties

Sixties is the decade to channel this season, and a mod inspired mini dress makes for maximum impact. Band culture aficionado Hedi Slimane has heart print, sequined minis at Saint Laurent, while Valentino’s detailing encompasses A-line cuts, scalloped edging and pussy bows.

Sheer Delight

Revealing a hint of skin is always more alluring than a full exposure, and NYC designers Jason Wu and Phillip Lim are modern leaders in the art of seduction. Using sheer patchwork panels and luxurious lace inserts, their dresses cheekily reveal hints of the female form.