When it comes to swimwear, the hot trends right now are riding in camps similar to above. First, you’ve got your Baywatch throw-back with high cut bottoms, vivid colors and barely-there tops. VDM the Label showcased some of the most retro designs with varsity-inspired stripes on their ultra v-shaped bottoms. Trending colors include yellow, lavender, red, neon pink and dayglow green. On the flipside to the “dental floss” bikinis, rash guard-style, long sleeve one pieces are becoming more popular than ever, and nudes are also very on-trend for summer swimwear. Don’t be afraid to add a belt to your one-pieces, when you’re not doing the backstroke of course, this look is for at the bar or evening beach parties. And be sure to replace your sporty visor with an oversized, floppy, straw hat.
Lastly, to step out in style this summer requires proper footwear. Try elevating your slides with a statement pair that are really “out there”, like Mules from Chloe; chunky, snakeskin and bright purple. When it comes to pumps and sandals this season, all eyes are on the heel. Sculptural, abstract heels are all the rage, from spherical to cubist, bejeweled to transparent; this is definitely where the real show is going on. In the winter months, we saw an emergence of the pearled heel, and while this is heading in the right direction, the summer sandals are going to be much more artistic. With an air of baroque nobility, embroidery comes in strong alongside feather detailing as some of the daintiest of footwear adornments.
Confidence is a woman’s best accessory, and mixing and matching some wild pieces can be exhilarating
– Alicia McNamara
The flood gates are open, and the garish sport shoe trend is bursting. There’s no turning back; the “dad” sneaker is here to stay. The only way forward is more color, more print and less regard for where the line should be drawn. Roberto Cavalli sent his models down the runway wearing what can only be described as an interpretation of something one might wear if they were jogging on the moon. Big, flared out, white runners covered in metallic silver foil. While some might argue that this footwear is “runway exclusive”, celebrities and trendsetters would vehemently disagree. Dozens of fashion week attendees were spotted sporting over-the-top athletics, in a wide variety of bright colors and animal prints. In the spirit of DIY, you could add almost anything to your runners these days and claim it’s trendy.
Our favourite sunny season for fashion is upon us, so get out there and have fun. The true savants of style are those who embrace all the quirks and twists that the creative world thrusts upon us. In the end, what you’re wearing is meaningless, unless it makes you smile.
Photo Credits: Michael Romerio