The one thing that almost every show had in common was the use of neutral tones, such as different shades of white, gray, and brown. Another common factor between the collections is that they almost all included shorts with a length that stops right above the knee, and several collections included leather. Also, many collections chose one color for some pieces to add a splash of color.
The Kent & Curwen Spring/Summer 2014 collection showed white knit vests, with almost an innocent schoolboy look. This collection also includes taupe and cream colored trouser pants, as well as white, brown, and beige shoes that seem to have an old fashion and classic feel. It seems as though you are going back in time in the best of ways. The Pringle of Scotland collection also made use of several neutral colors, such as different hues of gray’s and whites. This collection includes leather shorts that stop right above the knee. To add some depth to the collection, there is a subtle plaid pattern in some of the pants and shirts. Nicole Farhi’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection shows plaid and gray suits, some even with matching trench-coats. Like Pringle of Scotland, Farhi’s collection includes shorts that stop right above the knee, except some were leather. For a subtle splash of color, this collection includes some neutral greens and blues.
The Rag & Bone collection was inspired by the Japanese style. They make use of whites and dark grays. This collection incorporates some leather as well. Just as several other collections, Rag & Bone incorporated shorts that stop above the knee. Also, they use bowl style hats for a different look. For a great pop of color, they used different shades of blue. Lastly, Gieves & Hawkes Spring/Summer 2014 collection uses shades of white, peach and beige for their suits. They showcased shorts which were even shorter than most other collections, stopping mid upper thigh. Mixed in with these lighter hues, Gieves & Hawkes incorporates grays, blacks, and dark blues as well, with some orange for a pop of color.
As you can see, several of the collections have many similarities, yet they each bring their own unique style to differentiate themselves from the norm. It is very surprising that so many designers have chosen leather as part of the Spring/Summer 2014 collections. Also, it is interesting to see that designers have chosen to go with very neutral tones instead of brighter colors. Take a look at the winning looks for each of these five collections!