I had the pleasure of attending the Coterie Fall 2014 Trade Show at the Jacob Javitz Center for the third time and thoroughly enjoyed myself. This show is an international fashion exhibition in the US featuring contemporary to Women’s ready to wear that takes place twice a year. Viewing the hundreds of booths from well known to “up and coming” vendors is interesting as each have their own vision and signature look mixed with upcoming trends and colors. Trade shows inspire me when making my “wish list” for the upcoming seasons and also more alert to what is going on around me when I shop, read and travel. My background and training is originally in fashion but the beauty world has, and always will be, my first love and passion. Fashion and beauty work together and when done right compliment each other.
The only problem I encountered was many of the more well known fashion lines did not approve of anyone taking pictures of their collection in fear of knock offs and imitations so I had to respect that. I did get some images from Shoshanna, Calvin Rucker and few others because I happen to be attending with someone who is in the industry and has some sort of relationships with these vendors but it was quick so I really tried my best. Before I start showing my images, I think it is important I briefly go over the color and fashion trends predicted to dominate the Fall 2014 fashion scene.
According to Pantone.com, “this is the season on untypical colors -more reflective of the imagination and ingenuity, which makes for an artful collection of colors and combinations not bound by the usual hues for fall.” Sangria, an exotic red, is enhanced by Aurora red, which is more sophisticated. These reds are followed by two shades of purple, “Mauve Mist and Radiant Orchid.” Bright Cobalt and Royal Blue are also prevalent with the color Cognac being seen frequently for an evening color. You will also see Cognac paired with a “Misted Yellow” in many prints which is very popular for Fall 2014.
What trends should we look out for? According to Fashionising.com, here are the trends to watch out for and look forward to:
Punk Fashion: This will look will continue to evolve but with a different level of sophistication
Plaid Pattern: This grungy and chic look continues over to the Fall 2014 and be a major pattern trend
Boudoir Fashion: This look is also continuing but with inspiration from Victorian gentlemen and old Hollywood starlets
1950’s Fashion: Swing jackets, full skirts, elbow length gloves and cinched waists point to Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn
Digital Prints: These are here to stay but for the Fall 2014 they get louder and bolder
Folk Fashion: Motifs and embroideries are here to stay and will be an obvious trend for the Fall
1960’s Fashion: Classy shift dresses and seamless coats hitting mid thigh along with high necks and neutral colors
Psychedelic Prints: Double knits, macrame and bark cloths. This will invade the runways with the 1970’s influence and vibe.
Let us look at the pictures I snapped, some will fit into the descriptions above others are an extension of the signature look that the particular fashion brand is known for.
Diane Von Frustenberg, Shoshanna and Calvin Rucker each covered at one ore more of the trends listed above. Shoshanna has plenty of reds, blues and geometric patterns and 1950’s and 60’s shape. Diane Von Frustenberg seems to have her pulse on trends but still preserving her signature look which surprisingly enough fits beautifully with the Fall 2014 forecasts. Calvin Rucker is always on the edgy side with denim and ahead of the game in my opinion. I spotted blue shirts, striped shirts, vintage lace and leather biker jackets. MOKA london is spot on with color trends and lingerie inspired lace scarves.
I want to thank the vendors that allowed me to take pictures and I hope for the next show I can get more images to share with you. I hope you found this article to be helpful in envisioning what’s to come for the Fall but like you, I am just anxious to start buying spring and summer and avoiding anything layered, thick and warm.