The Spring/Summer 2014 Trend “Hitlist”

January 2, 2014 • Fashion

Twenty-fourteen is officially here, and with the New Year, we’ll soon see the Spring/Summer 2014 trends hit stores and come to life. Metallics (Altuzarra, anyone?), sexed-up prep (Wang), techy athletic ware gone RTW (Gucci, Pucci, Tom Ford)… there’s plenty to like. But there are also a few trends we like to see die before they hit the streets. Here’s the definitive list below.

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High-end Tevas – It was Birkenstocks, then we had Adidas shower shoes for Resort. And now, we have the flatform Teva for Spring 2014. They popped up at Prada, and we saw variations at Suno, Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, Jil Sander, Celine, Acne, Marc Jacobs, and MSGM – the look may be irreverent – a play on the American as tourist – but if I want some stream-ready water shoes, I’ll take mine for $39.95, thank you very much.

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Hedi Slimane Grunge – the lux grunge revival continued for Spring ’14, popping up at again at Saint Laurent and with a Victorian-infusion, at Marc Jacobs. In and of itself, it’s not an awful concept—Phoebe Philo gave grunge plaid incredible sophistication with her wide-hooped printed skirts—but who wants to spend $1400 on a dressed-up Hot Topic riff?

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Insincere art inspirations – We love Prada and we love Chanel, but we’re not buying their Spring ’14 art adaptations. The Mexican street art-referencing (Prada), Koons-styled sets (Chanel), and Sprouse-esque printing (Louis Vuitton this time), felt forced (and borderline appropriatory), much in the same way that many of the art-fashion Art Basel collabs did. There’s something to be said for the way of Rei Kawakubo—fashion as design, with an absence of posturing.

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