— It certainly wasn’t a year of fashion firsts —
midriff-baring tops, slim midi-skirts, tailored blazers,
and floral fit-and-flares have trended time and time
2014 was notable because of its juxtapositions.
"dressed up" — but in tailored athletic wear
they paired with golden, quilted sneakers. (Thanks,
Chanel.) And for fun, they treated metallic temporary
tattoos like permanent jewelry.
rocked jeggings, but did so sort of masculinely, with
groomed beards and "lumbersexual" plaid
shirts. Some even boldly went the fitted-suit route.
appropriation was rampant as fashion insiders credited
everyone — especially the Jenner/Kardashian brood —
for making braids and big butts new.
celebrities’ booty antics boggled our minds and
tangled up our Instagram feeds: Rihanna bared her
backside in June in see-through glitz at the CFDA
Awards. Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj spent most of the
year vying for the "Who has the fattest — never
mind the fakest — rump of the year?" award. And
Kim Kardashian’s bottom almost really did break the
Internet in early November, thanks to Paper magazine’s
winter issue cover.
the A-listers weren’t flaunting their bottoms, they
were getting hitched in memorable dresses.
tummy-baring Givenchy wedding gown was more proof that
sleeved, special-occasion dresses are popular with the
fashion-forward. Angelina Jolie’s spaghetti-strapped
Versace featured darling doodles by her children.
Knowles came close to finally upstaging her sister
Beyoncé, not in the elevator, but at her November
wedding in New Orleans. That was until Queen Bey
released the "7/11" music video in the same
week, which featured Beyoncé joyfully jumping around in
boyshort undies. (Can we say 2015 trend-in-the-making?)
how we loved Amal Alamuddin’s sartorial choices for
her Venice wedding weekend with George Clooney,
especially the very short, exquisite Giambattista Valli
floral frock she donned at her post-wedding brunch.
French lace gown she wore for the ceremony was the final
piece created by America’s best-known couturier, Oscar
de la Renta, who died in October at 82. In March, the
fashion world lost L’Wren Scott, also Mick Jagger’s
longtime girlfriend, to suicide.
the red carpet lost its fashion fairy godmother with the
death of Joan Rivers in September; she was 81.
2014 wrapped up, so did certain trends. But others will
gain steam well into next year. Here are 10 to count on.
technology. Wearable tech got upgraded this year,
courtesy of Tory Burch’s Fitbit bracelet and Misfit
Shine monitors. In 2015, however, look for the
technology to go beyond sensors that count steps to
shirts that keep track of vitals. In August, tech firm
Qdesigns introduced the Qbracelet, a sleek futuristic
wristband that doubles as an iPhone charger.
at your fingertips. Shopping apps — from Spring to
Zulily — allow us to browse our favorite collections
while waiting in line at the post office. In 2015, look
to shop more department stores and specialty boutiques
on social media sites. Eventually, said Apu Gupta, owner
of technology firm Curalate, we will be shopping
directly from Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
goods. A renewed interest in gold jewelry, accessories,
and trim on clothing is ushering a return to Old World
opulence. Look for the gilded metal to continue
brightening earlobes and high-top sneakers. For
jewelers, too, it’s more fun setting a precious stone
in gold than in silver.
(and all things wine-colored).
this month, the Pantone Color Institute named marsala
the 2015 color of the year. Not only should our pillows
and walls skew this shade of muddy scarlet, so should
our lipsticks and evening gowns. Look for a very
claret-hued Golden Globe Awards in January.
wavy blowout. In 2015, put a bend in that
all about the wave," said Frank Rizzieri, owner of
Rizzieri Salon & Spa in Moorestown, Pa. The volume
in this hairstyle comes from a wave in the middle of the
tresses instead of a big curl at the end.
a bit undone and slightly glamorous," Rizzieri
doing it now? Top model Cara Delevingne and former
Gossip Girl Blake Lively.
back the professionals.
celebrities such as Lupita Nyong’o and Kerry
Washington and celeb-turned-model Kendall Jenner cinched
major billboard time and spokesmodel gigs in 2014, real
runway girls such as Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss, and
Philadelophia-area native Samantha Hoopes — a 2014
Sports Illustrated swimsuit model — will get more
tops and matching skirts.
is back. And it’s coming to you in tops that bare the
stomach, paired with librarian-length skirts. But these
looks, courtesy of contemporary labels A.L.C. and Tibi,
aren’t conservative, and should be paired with
contrasting shoes and handbags.
to the drawing board.
September during New York Fashion Week, I noticed
several front-rowers feverishly sketching models as they
walked the runway. This year, fashion illustration blogs
by Garance Doré and Donald "Drawbertson"
Robertson and local artist Melissa Noucas are bringing
hand-drawn freshness to a world now dominated by the
gray, it’s black.
muted gray was all the nail rage. Then we went cold and
dark with black.
we’re blending the two for a sexy slateness perfect
for the modern working woman," said Kim Brady, a
manicurist at the Rittenhouse Spa & Club.
on the denim.
silhouettes get more fitted and we continue to focus on
American heritage designers, denim on denim will be a
fashion faux pas no more. But thanks to chambray fabrics
and jeans with stretch, our blues won’t be stiff, but
fun and easy to wear.