Top 5 Style Trends For 2014 (Glam Slam)

Miley Cyrus dominated the headlines this year for everything from her Twerk-tastic performance at the VMAs to her risqué fashion choices. Was Miley’s style on-trend or just plain ol’ outrageous?

Leslie Fremar, who has worked with Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon, weighs in on the style trends of the year and what we can expect for 2014.

Leslie was named The Most Powerful Stylist by The Hollywood Reporter and let me tell you, she knows what she’s talking about. She teamed up with ask.com and its 100 million users compile a list of what’s hot and not as we head into the New Year and she’s sharing this awesome fashion forecast with Glam Slam readers.

The Top Five Style Trends Going Into 2014:

Rock Star Style: The theme of this year’s Met ball, arguably the biggest style event of the year, is definitely a crossover look from 2013 to 2014. After the Met Ball, Ask.com saw searches for these styles skyrocket, and the activity has remained steady, signaling that the look has echoed with everyone from the red carpet to the street. Both high end and accessible designers are creating great looks, from Versace and Tom Ford to AllSaints and H&M. I recently helped one of my clients, and friend, Julianne Moore, find an amazing red sequined Tom Ford dress for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund event, and she looked absolutely gorgeous.

Adorned Fashion: Simplicity is out (for many), with pleats, ruffles and art becoming prevalent on and off the red carpet. From ruffles at Yves Saint Laurent, to Dior’s pleats, to mural art on Prada’s Spring 2014 collection, the designers are really favoring bold details. But you don’t need a big checkbook to pull off these styles – Target, H&M and Zara are all coming out with very cool embellished pieces that struck a chord with people on and off the red carpet. In fact, the Phillip Lim for Target comic book-inspired BOOM sweater was seen on celebrities like Jessica Alba and Nicky Hilton.

Designer Collaborations: Designer collaborations are nothing new – in fact, many don’t know that Karl Lagerfeld did a collection for H&M back in 2004. So, while it may not be a brand new trend, 2014 will be another big year for these pairings, which bring high design to the masses…without the hefty price tag. I loved the result of this year’s hottest designer collaborations, from Phillip Lim’s collection for Target, to Anna Dello Russo and Isabel Marant’s collections for H&M — all of which sold out almost instantly. And the Internet reflected this frenzy, with the #1 trending retail search terms on Ask.com coinciding with launches of these lines. With Kate Moss’ recent renewal of her partnership with Topshop and Beyonce signing on to work with H&M, my bet is that we’ll see some really fantastic collections from both brands in 2014 – and I predict we’ll see that same rock star style reflected in those designs as well.

Crop: We saw crop tops and midriff-bearing styles making their way onto the runways (from Phillip Lim to Balenciaga), red carpets (Scarlett Johansson) and stages (I probably don’t need to remind anyone about Miley Cyrus) this season, and next year’s lines aren’t ready to give up the trend. What’s interesting, and perhaps not surprising, is that these looks don’t necessarily play as well to the general population. Questions about this style spiked on Ask.com late this year, and then just as quickly died out. The site also polled its users, finding that only 25% said they’d consider donning the crop look.

Flats: From Chloe and Prada to the Birkenstock comeback this year, flat sandals are still on trend. I often use flats to style my clients, even on the red carpet (because of her amazing stature, Charlize Theron wears flats on the red carpet flawlessly). With so many brands offering stylish looks, many people, including celebrities, are moving toward choosing comfort over heels, without having to give up a flattering outfit.

Other trends likely to be popular in 2014?

  • Outerwear as underwear
  • Oversized looks, including rounded shoulders and boxy coats
  • Monochromatic outfits — matching, single color outfits, particularly in blue and grey (a perfect contrast to the loud, fun rock star style and heavily overstated trends)
  • Plaids/tartans
  • Metallics
  • Sheer

Three trends on their way out in 2014?

  • Peplum, a big trend for 2013, will be moonlighted in 2014
  • Platform shoes
  • Brightly colored denim (which doesn’t include your pastel denim, which will still be a great choice for next Spring and Summer)

Thanks Leslie! Now…let me head to my closet and get rid of all my platform shoes, STAT! Here’s looking forward to another year of fabulous fashion.

Happy 2014!

-- Ryan Patterson

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