Monday, 06 January 2014 11:30 | By Zhang Weifang

Trendspotting 2014: Style & Beauty

Take it off — the artifice, that is. It’s time to go au naturel

Trend #1: Witness the return of minimalism

From textures and patterns (by Proenza Schouler, Fendi and Derek Lam) and ruffles (Peter Pilotto, Givenchy and Isabel Marant) to the onslaught of houndstooth, checks and herringbone (Stella McCartney, Lanvin and Rag & Bone), 2013 saw a blitzkrieg of colours and patterns.

Trendspotting 2014: Style & Beauty

Alexander Wang ushers in trends for the coming year. Photo: Reuters

We’re predicting a reaction to this fashion frenzy that was made worse by an epidemic of spray tans, drag-queen-issue false eyelashes and an Asian obsession with coloured contact lenses. Say hello to the return of minimalism.

It’s simplicity at its best and makes a style statement without shouting in capital letters. That effortless, clean look was seen all over the runway of Alexander Wang’s Spring/Summer 2014 show. Wang teamed a white cut-out top with billowy cropped grey pants, playing with oversized fits and outlines that made an otherwise unassuming outfit a style star. The same pared-down style could be seen on the runway of coveted Swedish label Acne Studios. Jonny Johansson and his design team opened the show with white (a fitted white blouson with baggy white shorts, accentuated with a thick silver belt) and closed it with black (a sleek black pantsuit dotted with tiny white anchors).

Creating a stunning minimalist look is easy. First, embrace the power of accessorising — pair that baggy white T-shirt and black skinnies with chunky baubles around your neck. Second, lend the right amount of sparkle to your wardrobe with metallic colours — in the form of a pair of slinky silver/liquid gold sneakers, or a metallic-hued jacket. Third, play with varying proportions: If you are in a fitted top, go for a baggy pair of boyfriend jeans. Finally, a great pair of heels always does wonders to perk up a simple get-up — it also protects your look from being frumpy.


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