Key Trends for Spring/Summer 14′

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HIGHLIGHT

Last September, London, New York and Paris catwalks were awash with acid brights, soft pastels and splatters of print. In 2012,  former Jil Sander designer, Raf Simons, claimed the most sought after job in the fashion world and became Dior’s new artistic director. Simons’ influence was evident in Dior’s S/S 14′ presentation as he treated the audience to an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ esque show.

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Matthew Williamson
Matthew Williamson
Holly Fulton
Holly Fulton

KEY TRENDS

1. PRINT CLASH

It wouldn’t be spring without an influx of printed mini dresses and floral jumpsuits. Both Matthew Williamson and Holly Fulton sent floral inspired prints down the runway at London Fashion Week. S/S 14′ is all about clashing patterns, prints and colours and teaming them with a well structured blazer or pencil skirt.  This is similar to a lot of the collections  in 2010 where the mantra was ‘anything goes’ and the key to a great look was not to match.

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2. BURNING RED

Red was one palette every designer seemed to agree on this season. Alexander McQueen, J. Mendel and Stella McCartney were among those showcasing this particular shade in their presentations.  From Burgundies to corals, to red in it’s purest tone, every catwalk was consumed with the fiery colour.  Red was also a big contender for A/W 13′ so theme anything you already have with lighter spring fabrics and fresh accessories for an updated look.

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3. PLAYING PASTEL

One of the best things about Spring is the soft, powdery shades of pink and blue. These laid back tones are easy to wear regardless of your skin tone. Burberry Prorsum are once again the epitome of this trend. In September Cara Delevingne powered her way down the catwalk for Burberry Prorsum in a dusky pink pencil skirt and lace embroidered shirt. These subtle shades are already taking over the high street with Topshop and River Island leading the way.

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4. SHEER BRILLIANCE

Transparency is a must for your wardrobe this Spring/Summer. Light, airy fabrics combined with the purist white is the perfect trend for the season. It’s a modern take on leaving a little to the imagination. For Sheer inspiration look to Erdem, Philip Lim and Marchesa.

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A Tinderella Story

It's a match!

What? – app for iPhone and Android
Cost? – possibly your dignity

If you haven’t heard of Tinder by now then chances are you’re loved up in a cosy, little relationship; aww how nice for you. Tinder describes itself as ‘the way everyone is meeting new people’ but let’s call a spade a spade here, it’s basically an app for dating/creeping on the opposite sex.

So how does it work? Tinder finds potential ‘matches’ for you within a 100 mile radius (you can narrow your search down if you’re thinking ahead and don’t fancy trekking cross county just for a date.) You then select the age range you want to search in, anywhere between 18-55, whatever you’re into, Tinder doesn’t judge. It then presents you with pictures of potential ‘matches’ and if you like what you see, swipe right. If you don’t like what you see, swipe left. How simple.

If their picture is a group shot, it is absolutely essential that you tap into their profile and view all their photos just to be sure it’s them you fancy and not their hot mate. It can happen, we’ve all seen Catfish. If they like your picture, Tinder will let you know its a match and so begins the game of who’s going to send the first message. It’s all anonymous so if they don’t like you, they’ll never know you liked them. Absolutely ideal.
Another great thing is that you can see which mutual friends you both share on Facebook so if you do get chatting you can always ask a mutual friend if your match is good banter or a crazy lunatic. It could go either way, it is the internet after all.NOPE!

Be warned though; of all the thousands of people on Tinder and even if you have your radius set to 100 miles, your Ex might still pop up as a potential match. Whatever you do, don’t swipe right. You’ve been there, you’ve done that, it is NOT a match. Just tap  the X and it’s on to the next one.

Now if only real life were that easy.

You probably won’t find your Prince Charming or a girlfriend who just wants to bring you sandwiches all day but it’s worth a shot.

Tinder is just a bit of light-hearted fun so don’t take it too seriously. If you find you’re having no luck on it; there’s always Coppers.

Happy Tindering.

Rachel Dowdall