Style Insights: Spring 2015 – Take a Walk on the Wild Side
I felt a little like Miranda Priestly this week as I researched the biggest trends for this season, and found myself thinking “Florals? For spring? Ground breaking!”. While florals at spring are inevitable, other trends emerging this year are sharp, elegant, and dangerous in comparison. Clean cut tailoring, a military colour pallet and metallic pieces are the last thing that people expect from spring, but will make you stand out from the crowd. We here at James Samson have found some of the most up-to-date wardrobe staples for this season, keeping those spring florals on edge.
Futuristic Front Woman
The 2015 rock chick look is chic! Don’t bother with fringing or distressed leather, this year rock the fashion world with head-to-toe metallics and glam rock sequins. You may think that these silver leggings from Noa Noa are hard to pull off, but the matte texture of cotton makes them flattering as well as stylish.
Dress them down with a slouched white vest or dress them up with this Victoire shoulder bag by A.P.C Women for a shimmering night out. The envelope design is simple and sophisticated, made with Italian leather and featuring a contrasting gold tone brass chain. If there’s only one futuristic front woman piece you buy, then Zadig and Voltaire’s Vedaz Python blazer will tick all the boxes for this seasons trends. It is simply tailored, with a smart French collar and two buttons to synch in the waist. However not only is it a striking silver tone, but echoes decades of rock history with a python skin pattern.
While I’ve found that a fashion industry favourite is falling back on past decades, this year, that 70’s look has never been more different. Suede isn’t being shy with its moment in the limelight, and tan suede is being used in everything from accessories to statement pieces. The key to mastering this look is finding retro details in metallic embellishments, staying away from florals and keeping the designs simple.
The House of Bruar, the home of country clothing, have designed the perfect coat for this season; a ladies Edge to Edge suede jacket. This design will work well with dresses, jeans and skirts, because of its understated shape. It brings suede up to date and fashions it into an elegant material. A good example of the new 70’s shoe is A.P.C Women’s Maggie sandals, as their shape is a gentle reminder of the divas of the decade, that doesn’t scream ‘fancy dress’ like platform boots do! The subtle gold detail on the centre strap connects this trend in with the futuristic front woman look, and makes them an essential piece for spring 2015.
The Maggy sandals perfectly compliment this pink silk skirt by Noa Noa, through the layers of burgundy diamonds. Almost as compensation for the lack of florals this season, the 1970’s reboot look features a pale colour palate, including pinks and beiges, which are present in this skirt. The diamond pattern is reminiscent of snakeskin, and the faded effect is a reminder of its 1970’s design roots. A favourite Italian jewellery brand of ours here at James Samson is 2emme, who have created their own feather ring perfect for the season. The design instils the nature of the 70’s, while retaining a sleek and modern feel.
Denim this spring is clean cut and standing to attention. Slouchy or sun bleached denims are a thing of the past, as almost military design becomes a staple. Culottes and mid length skirts are a popular way to wear denim this year, and denim is even starting to sneak its way into work wear as it becomes a more formal material. This crisp Texas jumpsuit by A.P.C Women in an indigo wash means business, and should be worn for both work and play. The narrow tab collar is a beautiful piece of tailoring, and a detail which will give your outfit a special something.
Just because this spring is taking denim more seriously, it doesn’t mean that you can’t experiment with colour and patterns. Putting a twist on tie dye is this Jemima dress by Florence Bridge, who is taking advantage of last year’s ombre phenomenon. Like most denim pieces you’ll see in the coming spring, this dress has a high neckline and a straight-forward shape, which can be paired with one or two accessories to complete an effortless look.
A similar neckline can be seen in Noa Noa’s short grey denim jacket, which encompasses military tailoring with its button and breast pocket designs. This jacket is a perfect accompaniment to either the silver leggings from the futuristic front woman look, or the silk skirt from the 1970’s reboot if you want to mix trends. 2emme’s Burnished Horse ring would be an understated addition to any spring denim outfit, adding texture and intrigue to those regimented blues.
So for spring 2015 don’t go picking daffodils in the park, but rock up to the spring festivals ready to show summer who is boss. Bold shapes and cool colours are set to be in style for the foreseeable future, so hold onto your new spring pieces for wardrobe staples. What spring trends do you foresee for 2015 and beyond?