With the year coming to an end, we’re looking forward to a whole new season. From the latest trends to new restaurants there’s plenty to look forward to.
Here we’re sharing the most highly anticipated fashions, culture shifts and beauty trends, so you can be in the know for the upcoming new year. Here’s our predictions:
2014 was all about the swinging sixties, our wardrobes currently hold shift dresses, roll necks and A-line skirts but next year we’re moving on to the seventies. The era has been steadily slipping into our wardrobes through the wide legged trouser trend but we’re sure that your spring/summer wardrobe will be dominated by the Woodstock vibe. We predict bright geometric prints, suede fringing and Jane Birkin esque denim flares will be the hits of next year. If you’re still feeling apprehensive about the retro look, get some inspiration from today’s stylish stars who have already embraced the era in their daily wardrobes. Claudia Schiffer and Rachel Zoe are our favourite modern day 70’s muses.
As Cara begins the transition from model to actress and the hype of Kendall Jenner begins to fade, it seems there may be room for another ‘it’ model in the new year. Well it’s a good job there are some stars in the making that we’re sure will catch on. Suki Waterhouse’s little sister has recently signed to Next models and with her British cool attitude we are predicting big things. Also on our radar is Jean Campbell; the Scottish model’s fairytale looks have made her a popular choice with the big magazines and she’s also featured in the Burberry campaigns. Did we mention her mum is a former Vogue editor and she’s only 16? That’s a recipe for an ‘it’ girl if we ever heard one.
The Hair Cut
The times of layered, bohemian waves- made famous by Sienna Miller and Nicole Richie- in 2004 are well and truly over. Now we want sharp, blunt ends for a minimalist and modern do. With the most fashion forward celebrities opting for the chop- see Jourdan Dunn and Karlie Kloss- it’s no surprise that we want to follow suit. If you’ve been playing with the idea of a big chop all year, the time to make the move is nigh. So if you’re wanting to reinvent your look for the new year, make sure you take the short cut.
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If you buy one thing this Spring, make sure it’s denim. A denim skirt, denim jacket, denim dress, simply anything denim should be on your shopping list now. Catwalk favourites including Gucci, Stella McCartney and Burberry all traded in the usual elaborate high fashion designs for a casual and simple aesthetic, courtesy of denim. With the seventies trend also on the rise we’ve decided we’ll be channelling Jane Birkin by opting for high waisted flares. We’re also lusting after a fitted, cropped denim jacket- perfect for layering over that must-have chiffon dress paired with gladiator sandals.
London has brought many fashion exhibitions to the forefront throughout 2014. From Horst to the V&A wedding dress exhibition, we’ve seen some of the best photographs and fashion around. Next year the highly anticipated Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition will open. Held at the V&A from March 14, it is said to be the largest retrospective of the designer’s work, spanning from his 1992 MA graduate collection. The original version was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and became one of the museum’s top 10 most visited exhibitions- we expect big things.
The Hair Colour
Although the must-have hairstyle of 2015 is sharp and blunt, it doesn’t mean it has to be boring. We love the sun-kissed look of balayage highlights. Favoured by celebrities such as Olivia Palermo and the Victoria Secret’s angels, the free hand technique gives a bespoke colour to your hair. Painting lighter colour around your face will illuminate and soften your features and the technique can also be used throughout to ensure a beach ready look, even before the sun has come out. Just add a little fake tan and you’ll be summer ready in no time.
The days of minimal jewellery are gone. While slogans were the fun fashion piece that dominated 2014, next year is all about upsizing jewellery. From oversized chain necklaces at Stella McCartney to retro hoops at Louis Vuitton, the catwalk designers proved that bigger meant better. Celine even hung large cow bells around models necks and waists, so it’s clear there’s no limit to the size of your jewels and unusual creations are encouraged. Whether you choose to add a cuff, hoops or a choker to your jewellery collection you’re going to need a bigger jewellery box either way. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Posh fast food has been given celebrity status over recent years; Prince Harry is well known for his love of burger restaurant Byron and even Barack Obama has been pictured at fast food restaurant Five Guys. But the new restaurant trend on our watch is the rise of the ‘little brother’. Yes you heard us right, established restaurants -such as The Ivy- have been unveiling downsized versions of themselves and their smaller counterparts have been coined the ‘little brothers‘. Expect the quality of the big brother, only the prices are affordable for all. We think the little restaurants will be popping up all over.
The Beauty Look
There’s nothing sexier than a healthy, sporty girl – the Victoria Secret’s angels prove that- and a great way to adopt the look is with make up. The spring/summer catwalks were awash with soft, natural complexions with an inner glow that seemed to shine through. Right now you may think we’re crazy when we suggest ditching your matte foundation for a lighter tinted moisturiser but by the time the sun’s come out you’ll be grateful for the easier application and you’ll love its healthy look. To add a little colour, we love it paired with a pale lavender eye shadow or a red lip for a catwalk inspired look.
With a royal baby on the way and Prince George showing us how to dress in the toddler years we’re predicting babies are going to be big news. Another royal baby can only mean they’ll be plenty more stylish kidswear inspiration. The royals favour a more traditional approach to dressing their children and we think the classic look will become a big trend in the kidswear world. Think dungarees, peter pan collars and lace up shoes– we’re welcoming back the retro items with open arms.
There’s no reason to be sad about the year ending with this much to look forward to and remember you heard it here first.
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(Images courtesy of style.com, PA, harpersbazaar, theivymarketgrill, standard.co.uk, thesundaily.cmy, jourdan dunn instagram)