Graphics have been a prominent feature in fashion over the past couple of years and are still prevalent for Spring 2014. The use of graphics in fashion, whether the image is bold and singular or repeated throughout the garment, is an expression, a visual language for the wearer. I like this graphic trend for its avant garde element and its reminder that we should not to take ourselves too seriously.
Most of us have barely put away the tinsel, but in the fashion world spring has been sprung for some time now, and the use of artistic pattern is everywhere for the next season. Graphics in artistic form give us a chance to have a fresh perspective, perfect for the new year. This graphic sweatshirt by Stella McCartney is the perfect on trend piece to transition from winter into spring. It is my Vogue a Trois for this week.
This cheeky little lipstick sweater would be perfect with a pair of patterned pants. Rag & Bone’s Easier Pants keep it sophisticated but comfy with a slouchy track pant in silk crepe. Slip on a pair of Miu Miu’s Metal Cap Toe Skate Sneaker in leather to keep the casual cool vibe going. And speaking of cool, style icon Alexa Chung has joined Eyeco Cosmetics as their creative director and helped create a limited-edition makeup kit stocked with her two signature cat-eye essentials: A waterproof black felt-tip pen designed for drawing on the perfect cat eye, and a long-wearing super-thickening mascara. I went to three different stores looking for this set and no one at Sephora even knew what I was talking about, but you can get it online. I ordered it and cannot wait to give it a try. In keeping with the British cool girl theme, add a Whistles Harlow Varsity Bomber Jacket and a limited edition Corinne Clutch in gorgeous gunmetal leather.
Winter white pants make the Stella sweater’s graphics stand out beautifully. I chose Barbara Bui’s Contrast Stripe Detail Skinny Trousers. The classic shape is made modern with a contrast black stripe. Rocking Christian Louboutin’s Queue De Pie 100 Patent Heels seems fitting, given its signature red sole. The Fendi Zebra-Stripe Sequined Baguette Bag proves that an iconic bag can change its stripes—literally—and still be classic and worth investing in. And of course, the cult classic “Cherries In The Snow” by Revlon has been creating gorgeous pouts since 1953 and is a fitting tribute to Stella McCartney’s graphics.
Plaids with florals is a favorite mix of mine, and although I hate to cover up the Stella sweater, this MSGM Floral Print Tweed Jacket is worth it. Wear it with the 7 For All Mankind Skinny Denim in Ruby Red Plaid and you will have a match made in heaven. The grey Alexander Way Marion Satchel and the large grey plaid print in the Lord & Taylor scarf are both gorgeous neutrals to complete this look. Finally, wear the original Ray-Ban Aviators, but pick the iridescent mirror pink pair to hide your perfect cat-eyes on those sunny days.
Graphics prints are a fun way to get creative with your look. Whether you are looking for a subtle graphic or want to be big and bold, finding an artistic piece that suits your personal style is a great way get your closet started on a new season. Happy 2014 everyone!