Kate Gaskin for the Highpoint Style Set

Blogged by: Kate Gaskin 23 Sep 2014 View comments

Spring is one of my most favourite times of the year. The smell of blossom in the air, the longer days and sunnier skies are signs that summer is on its way and the dull and drab of winter is behind us.
For me it’s also an excuse for a little wardrobe update and spring clean (not that I really need an excuse, let’s be honest!).
I’m really inspired by the runway shows that are unfolding on the international show circuit and can’t wait to see what trends will dominating this year. I’d love to take you through the current trends I'm seeing for Spring Summer.
 
1. MONOCHROME
The minimal palette of the monochrome trend has been inspiring designers for the past few seasons, and the trend is still very strong for Spring Summer. Whilst the non-colour of this trend may seem limiting, this is where texture, pattern, embroidery, beading, geometrics and intelligent design elements come into play. Experimenting with different weights and transparencies, patterns and textures is easy with such a limited palette, as pretty much anything in monochrome works well together to create a strong, fresh, dynamic look.
 
As Melbournians are notorious for wearing very black-heavy outfits, incorporating an element of white into your look is a great way to get an instant update without a complete overhaul, and will freshen up your wardrobe ready for summer.
 
Brands such as Witchery, Seed, Cue and Sheike have a fantastic offering of both statement making, trend-driven monochrome pieces, as well as more timeless wardrobe classics. Investing in a high quality, classically tailored black blazer and a crisp white shirt would certainly be my tips for the season - they’re fail safe staples, and whilst complementary to the trend have longevity past this season.
 
2. PINK
Pink can often be a hard colour to wear, and is not always first choice for everyone.  Luckily this season there are varying shades of the colour available - from the strongest hot pink through to pale, dusty peaches and baby pink sherbets.
Brands such as Country Road and Veronika Maine have done key pieces in beautiful soft pinks, whilst also offering accessories and basics in stronger tones.

If you are afraid of going for a head to toe pink look (which let’s be honest could easily end in a sickly sweet saccharine disaster) then pare back elements of the trend such as a statement top or jacket with a wardrobe basic such as denim or white linen.

Incorporating a statement accessory such as a tote or scarf in a shade of pink is an easy and affordable way to embrace the trend without going overboard. Myer has a wide selection of scarves and bags in pinks and pastels, whilst Oroton also has a fantastic offering of clutches, totes and wallets.

3. BLOCK COLOUR
Block Colour is another of those trends that just won’t die…and for good reason. Just about everyone looks great in a bold, fresh, statement-making colour blocked look.

The secret to successfully pulling off this look is to keep it simple and let the colour do the talking. Opt for simple shapes, classic cuts, and minimal design in contrasting and complementary colours, and avoid prints and patterns - this will just confuse the matter!

Three is usually the magic number when it comes to mixing your colours, and bold accessories like belts and bags are great for completing the look. Topshop carry amazing brights year-round, whilst Marcs and Gorman have more seasonal pieces that will instantly brighten your day.

4. FLORAL
As the line in the Devil Wears Prada goes… “Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking!”
Whilst it’s nothing new in the fashion world the floral themed trend is the embodiment of spring, and once again is a very prominent feature of new season collections. There are varying degrees of the pattern around this season - from softer, feminine prints, through to graphic, digital floral-inspired takes on the trend.

Mixing and matching floral prints is a great way to showcase the trend. To successfully clash prints make sure to work with pieces in a similar and limited colour palette, and in varying pattern sizes. For example, an easy way to achieve this look is with a navy floral oversized printed skirt, teamed with a pale blue smaller sized floral printed top.

Clashing both prints and colours can easily lead to a circus tent type situation so best to avoid going down this path!!
Retailers such as Alannah Hill, Cue and Dotti have a wide offering of floral pieces to get you started - from great patterned dresses and jackets through to clutches and jewels to complete the look.

5. POP ART
Fashion has often sought inspiration from art, and it couldn’t be more evident than in the collections from Spring 2014. The runways were awash with art-inspired prints and patterns by designers such as Celine and Chanel, and now the trend has trickled down to the high street. Fusing digital art reproductions, painterly brushstrokes, graffiti imagery and paint splatters, prints are highly imaginative and often quite decorative. To tame down the look for everyday wear it’s best to team a key statement piece with a wardrobe basic such as denim or a neutral staple.

Brands such as Country Road and Sheike have successfully explored the trend this season, whilst Gorman have collaborated with artist Kate Kosek to create an inspiring line of apparel and accessories. Exploring the relationship between fashion and art, the capsule collection integrates her intricate designs into their collection of limited edition pieces that are an artwork in themselves. The collection has just dropped at Highpoint so make sure to pop in and see these amazing pieces in person - I promise you won’t be disappointed!

6. WHITE OUT
An all white look is something that we instantly associate with summer. It’s an easy way to get a fresh, crisp look that can be transformed from day to night with the simple change of accessories. There are varying versions of white - from warmer yellow-based whites through to cooler grey tones. Make sure you opt for a shade that best suits your skin tone.If you have darker toned skin it’s best to lean towards warmer whites, if your skin tone is quite fair you should opt for a brighter, crisper white.

Whilst a white look is often quite minimal, structural details and fabric weights and textures are what really bring the look to life. For a feminine take on the trend there are a lot of broderie anglais and transparent lattice lace pieces around from the likes of Portmans and Zimmermann at David Jones, whilst labels like Witchery and Country Road do a great take on tailored, minimalist white pieces such as lightweight blazers and high waisted, wide leg pants.

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