ALIVE On The Scene: FGI Fall/Winter 2014 Trend Presentation

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

The St. Louis chapter of the Fashion Group International hosted a ready-to-wear trend presentation last evening at the Regional Arts Commission and ALIVE was on the scene to soak in the expansive volume of information from beginning to end. The information session was followed by an exclusive panel discussion lead by swimwear designer Lori Coulter, and featuring top local designers Paulie Gibson, Laura Kathleen and Emily Koplar of Wai Ming as they dished the details about their fall collections, the importance of St. Louis in the world of global fashion and gave aspiring designers valuable tips on how to get their foot in the door.

Photo courtesy of Ellen Soule.

Photo courtesy of Ellen Soule.

The comprehensive recap touched on countless trends from runways across the globe. From coats and outerwear to fur, pleats and patterns, fall 2014 is set to be luxe and utilitarian without a detail to spare. Here is our roundup:

  • Textures: What began with tweeds in the supermarket at Chanel, textures include quilting, dense hand wovens, fringe, ruffles, plumes and the revolutionary 3-D knits at Pringle of Scotland.
  • Knits: Color-blocked, ombre and multi-dimentional, knitwear is a must any which way it comes, from Isabel Marant to Public School.
  • Military:¬†Utilitarian details and military-inspired garb including fatigues, cargos and officers off-duty at Balmain, Alexander Wang and Preen.
  • Outerwear: Raincoats of PVC, plastic and nylon; pastels at Miu Miu; leather, parkas and puffers at Donna Karan.
  • The Coat: Fashion must-have from wraps at Celine to maxi coats, half-and-halfs and graphics at Akris.
  • Leather: Recycling the moto-jacket at Proenza Schouler and Saint-Laurent to leather sweatshirts, crocodile, suede and python.
  • The Comfort Factor: Top St. Louis trend to watch according to the designer panelists is the chic updates to comfort wear including over-sized silhouettes, ease and tent dresses with tons of room from Jason Wu and Michael Kors.
  • Details: No detail spared with button replacements, fringe, extra-long sleeves, zippers, embellishments and deep pockets at Chanel.
  • Pleats: Folds and fans; pleated suits, skirts and shirts at Bottega Venetta and more.
  • Patterns: Mad for plaid at Tommy Hilfiger and Gautier; Scottish grunge, highland flings, tartan, pinstripes and more.
  • Prints: Pop-Art at Dries Van Noten, animal prints at Chloe, butterflies, owls, cranes, watercolor florals; numbers and logos at Moschino.
  • Intarsia: Inlets, collages; mosaics at Vuitton; color-blocking at Missoni
  • Color: Seasonless, monochrome and vivid black and bright whites.
  • Evening: Tailored coats over evening gowns; breathtaking dresses at Michael Kors; Tux-inspired at Philip Lim; sequins at Betsey Johnson.
  • Lunar: Take a trip to the moon and back with futuristic looks at Gautier and get lost in space at Gareth Pugh.
  • Accessories: Sneakers, sneakers, sneakers at Chanel and more; flatforms, chunky heels and belted booties in snakeskin and leather; cargo handbags and totes; backpacks with drawstrings and zippers, bucket bags and box totes; gloves, glasses, 10-gallon hats and flowy scarves.
  • Jewelry: Ear cuffs, three-finger rings, wires and heavy metal
  • Hair and Makeup: Everything from disappearing brows to bed-head, braids and bobs.

For more information about Fashion Group International and how to become a member, visit the organization’s website.

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