As the New Year begins, it is only fitting to look back at the trends that were most popular in 2013 in womenswear and menswear. Each year, there is a resurgence of a trend that has happened in the past. Fashion is cyclical and although the main concepts do not change- how it inspires different designers does. Runway fashion will, of course, always be an extreme style due to showmanship. The runway gets translated into everyday concepts and pieces that can be worn by the public. The exception is haute couture fashion. Haute couture strictly depends upon the consumer, due to its workmanship and the fact that it is designed specifically for a customer. Haute couture features hand sewing and meticulous techniques that are specific to its area. The quality is far superior to mass production and therefore it is a different caliber than ready to wear. Cyclical trends can be found throughout the ready to wear and couture markets.
Menswear in 2013 primarily made camouflage print, plaid, and black leather popular. The trending color was burgundy. The most popular items were cuffed pants, sports jackets, bomber jackets, colorful parkas, denim dress shirts, double-breasted suits, and brown suits. They were accessorized with statement scarves, slip on sneakers, and the monkstrap shoe.
2014 will shift from camouflage print into tropical florals. The use of blues will overtake burgundy and become popular, especially navy. Cuffed pants will transition into Bermuda shorts and simple soft bags will replace backpacks. Paralleling womenswear, inspiration will be drawn from the 1940’s and the 1950’s. This mid-century modern revival will feature high waists and spread collars. Instead of seeing the denim dress shirt, the tunic has come back into fashion. Additionally, there has been a trend towards men getting more dressed up, reviving the “dandy man.” He will accessorize with scarves, wear silk ties, and dress to the tens. A newer, softer power suit will replace the bold, sharp structure of the prevailing power suit. It will feature looser pants and add a more comfortable approach to design.
Ultimately, 2014 will revitalize some of the most iconic fashion trends. How each designer will use inspiration will be interesting to see. Although some trends will only last for a season, others will continue throughout the year. This all depends upon the versatility of a concept and how easily it can be translated each season.