The big four fashion weeks may be over, but never fear, now that the spotlight has shifted away from London, Paris, Milan and New York, a number of other equally glamorous cities are getting the chance to show off their style credentials.
Here at Office HQ we’ve had our eyes trained on Tokyo, Moscow and Toronto in recent weeks as we look for some slightly more unusual additions to our Spring/Summer 14 wardrobes.
Fashion Week Russia
Fashion Week Russia will be showcasing designs for Spring/Summer 14 until the end of the month with over 70 designers from Russia, the UK, Japan, Israel and many other countries sending models down the runway in their creations.
Highlights so far have included the feminine, floaty dresses from Lilia Poustovit which were styled perfectly with on-trend flat shoes and relaxed sweatshirts. Definitely a look we’ll be rocking on slightly breezy spring days. But it isn’t all casual wear Brit designer Tony Ward injected some glamour into the proceedings with his collection of sequinned, floor sweeping evening dresses in bold shades of red, blue and gold, modelled by none other than 27 Miss Universe contestants.
Japan Fashion Week
You can expect to see more influences from Japan Fashion Week on UK shelves next year, with the number of foreign buyers attending the shows in Tokyo doubling since last year. Many of the collections featured typical Japanese fashions such as unusual colour combinations and layered fabrics, but with a modern twist.
Another key trend was the blurring of the line between menswear and women’s wear. Male models at Facetasm took to the runway in leather and denim skirts, reminiscent of the Givenchy kilt recently worn by Kanye West, while women modelled androgynous outfits of baggy shorts and trench coats paired with simple, straight-legged trousers.
Toronto Fashion Week
It was all about a relaxed approach to fashion at Toronto Fashion Week, with slouchy silhouettes, faded colours and sportswear influences seen at almost every show.
A firm favourite with the fashion crowd was Melisa Nepton’s collection which put a fun new twist on colour-blocking by incorporating sheer panels into her midi-dresses. The sheer panels were a nod to another top trend too; showing some skin. There were plenty of midriff-baring designs on show, or for those not quite brave enough for a crop top; sheer blouses and backless dresses.
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