Celebrities are always the first to phase out winter fashion and bring in the upcoming spring trends. Even if it’s still cold outside, fashion enthusiasts around the globe are already wearing items that can only be described as spring. After all, what better way is there to brighten up your day than by brightening up your wardrobe with prints, colors and holographics?
Big money ad campaigns for the upcoming season have been kicking off since the beginning of January, and show us the absolute best and brightest spring 2014 trends. We can expect to see Lady Gaga featuring in Versace adverts, Nicole Kidman in Jimmy Choo adverts, Miley Cyrus in the Marc Jacobs campaign, and new Hollywood favorite Lupita Nyong’o appearing in Miu Miu adverts alongside stars like Elizabeth Olsen.
Ever since high-end fashion designers launched their spring 2014 collections late last year, we’ve had our eyes on celebrities to see who’s going to wear what. We’ve narrowed our search down to 10 celebrities in particular – all of whom have been spotted wearing at least one of the hottest new spring trends. Read on to find out what they were wearing and how much it’ll cost you to steal the look. Even though spring is not here yet, take the lead from these stars and kick into it early!
9 Metallics – Like Taylor Swift
The runways are shining bright like a diamond ahead of spring 2014. Holographic and high-shine dresses, skirts and clutches are being featured by top designers including Marc Jacobs. Check out the shiny leather sandals selling at Roger Vivier in New York City for about $875 or the Emmy Metallic Thong Sandal by Tory Burch, selling at cusp.com for $195. At the 2014 Grammys, a bunch of celebrities glittered in gold and metallic hues on the red carpet. Taylor Swift appeared in a silver and gold, fitted, full-length Gucci gown which would’ve cost several thousands of dollars to make. She told E! that she loved the dress, saying it was “like chain mail” and “like a suit of armor”.
8 Mesh – Like Julianne Hough
Netted, mesh fabric is going to be everywhere this spring. To get ahead and wear it ahead of the warmer weather, simply layer it over warm clothes. In springtime, wear mesh tops or dresses over black or neon. At Bloomingdales, you can purchase the navy Bettany Mesh Stripe Bodycon dress by designer Reiss for about $300. Actress Julianne Hough wore a full gown made of grey mesh to the Emmys in 2014 (and left very little to the imagination in doing so!). Made by Jenny Packham (who is one of Kate Middleton’s favorite designers), the dress is thought to be worth over $5,000 and is one of many mesh-style dresses currently being showcased by Packham.
7 Tea-Length Dresses – Like Carrie Underwood
These lady-like skirts and dresses are all over the runway at the moment and popular with some big name designers including Christian Dior, Michael Kors, Roksanda Illincic and Tracy Reese. Wear full skirts with tights and boots during the colder months, then whip them off when the weather’s warm enough – and pair it with a crop top for the ultimate look. Check out the MSGM red and white floral tea-length skirt for $843, or the black leather full skirt by Tibi for $998. Country singer Carrie Underwood attended a gala in New York City late last year, wearing a blue mesh tea-length dress made by a mystery designer. Miley Cyrus has also pulled off the tea-length skirt, wearing a striped number plus a Mickey Mouse sweater to a Marc Jacobs show.
White shirts and blouses are being reinvented for spring 2014. Kate Hudson has been spotted modelling a white shirt in her recent ads for Ann Hudson (whose white shirts are selling for around $100). Hudson told People magazine that she “loves a crisp white shirt, any time of year”. Many white shirts nowadays come with extra detailing, neck ties or interesting cuts, including those launched for spring 2014 by Rachel Zoe, Viktor & Rolf and Moschino C&C. Some of our favorites are the various white shirts sold by Burberry London including the Pique Stripe Cotton Shirt for about $500.
6 Sweaters – Like Rihanna
You no longer need to keep that sweater for gym-related activities (or for sitting on the couch). In spring 2014, the sweater is going to be big. Whether it’s got an interesting cut or an interesting graphic, it’s an easy piece to add to your wardrobe and match with light dresses, tailored pants, skirts or shorts. Just ask Rihanna, who was spotted in London wearing a graphic sweater that looked almost identical to the one launched on Alexander Wang’s New York runway just a few days prior. Alexander Wang sweaters can cost up to $1,000 depending on the style. Another popular sweater this season is the Kenzo steel grey graphic sweater available at thecorner.com for $727.
5 Pastels – Like Sandra Bullock
Pastels say “spring” like no other color. This year, sweet shades of pastel including mint green, light pink and lilac are hitting the catwalk. Kerry Washington was well ahead of this trend in 2013, wearing a full gown in blush pink with a blossom design. The dress was part of Marchesa’s Spring 2014 collection, and is likely to have cost several thousand considering its dresses usually cost around $2,000 or more. Sandra Bullock went to the 2014 Palm Springs Film Festival in an Alex Perry pastel pink and orange dress (likely to be worth over $6,000) teamed up with Brian Atwood heels and a Jimmy Choo purse (which tend to retail for $1,000 to $3,000).
4 Prints – Like Lupita Nyong’o
It’s back to school with loud, quirky and geometric prints this spring thanks to runway designers like Fendi and Peter Pilotto. Think triangles, squares, cats and all sorts! See the Etta printed crepe top, primarily red and pink, by Marc Jacobs selling for $300 at mytheresa.com. Miu Miu’s spring 2014 collection is one of the best and we’re likely to see some stars wearing it soon – Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery was at the spring 2014 show. Also spotted in Miu Miu spring 2014 prints was 12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong’o at the film’s red carpet premiere screening in LA. Similar dresses sold online by Miu Miu cost $2,000 and up.
3 Florals – Like Anna Kendrick
This one isn’t a big surprise; spring florals aren’t exactly groundbreaking news in the fashion world. In saying that, this year the florals are going to be bolder and bigger than we’ve seen in recent years. Christopher Kane, whose designs have been worn by the likes of Kate Bosworth, has a new collection out that includes graphic flower prints rather than traditional floral prints. For example, you could buy the collage cashmere-blend scarf at Saks Fifth Avenue for $550, which includes floral graphic prints. Anna Kendrick, who recently featured in a Super Bowl XLVIII advertisement for Newcastle Beer, wore a floral dress by Alberta Ferretti to the London Film Festival. Evening dresses by Ferretti can cost $8,000 or more.
2 Black & White – Like Gwyneth Paltrow
Crisp, contrasting blacks and whites are one of spring 2014’s fashion trends, having featured already in collections by designers such as Helmut Lang and Narciso Rodriguez. Gwyneth Paltrow was well and truly ahead of this fad, wearing a black and white dress by Stella McCartney a month before it was featured on the catwalk in Paris. Stella McCartney dresses often retail for $1,000 and up such as the new season black and white long-sleeved Gable dress, selling now for $1,200. Don’t miss the Derek Lam printed “matelasse” shorts in black and white, available for $890 at net-a-porter.com.
1 Crop Tops – Like Miley Cyrus
The 1990s crop top came back onto the fashion scene in 2013 and it’s going to be big again in spring 2014, much to the disappointment of crop top haters out there! A newly pregnant Kerry Washington boldly wore a pink Prada crop top at the 2014 Oscars. Miley Cyrus is also a huge fan of crop tops, so much so that she has made it one of her signature looks in the past couple of years. In September she was already wearing a crop top (albeit woollen) when she posed in a Terry Richardson mesh cropped sweater that retails for $696.50. She also wore a Mickey Mouse crop top from Marc Jacobs’ last spring collection – and she’s the face of his new marketing campaign for this year.