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Haute Summer Looks

Courtesy Neiman Marcus

Courtesy Neiman Marcus

With summer twilight lingering, making skies brighter longer and evenings warmer, June offers the perfect stage to showcase 2014’s chicest trends. From playful prints and pretty pinks for the ladies, to dark floral patterns and blue moods for men, this season offers plenty of ensemble inspiration.

In terms of women’s wear, the undisputed color of the season is the femme shade of pink. From electric neons at Valentino, bold jewel-tones at Temperley London, and ballerina blushes at Ralph Lauren, runway palettes proved spring and summer 2014 is all about la vie en rose.

Trend highlights also include contemporary revisions of traditional floral patterns, translated into graphic prints of varying sizes and shapes at Balenciaga and Thakoon. Embellished elements literally stand out at Marni, Marc Jacobs, and Prada, giving warm weather collections a stylish third dimension.

Above all, a sense of global wander-lust seems to characterize so much of women’s wear this season,  marked by fringed accents at Derek Lam and Calvin Klein, tribal prints at Donna Karan, and nomadic shapes spotted at Celine. Summer is the time to travel, and so many of the runways have us searching for our passport.

For the guys, spring trends are taking them to the dark side, with 3.1 Phillip Lim, Prada, and Dries Van Noten sending floral patterns in deep palettes of midnight blue, forest green, and burgundy down the runways.

Courtesy Neiman Marcus

Courtesy Neiman Marcus

Silhouettes are slightly softened with less structured suits seen at Giorgio Armani and Ermenegildo Zegna.  And time travel is the transportation of choice for menswear this season with Michael Kors and Bottega Veneta

going back to the mid-twentieth century with ‘50s-inspired casual wear, and Alexander Wang and Salvatore Ferragamo taking the season’s sportswear back to the future. Overall, boys in blue will be the color seen this summer, from denim at Balmain and Kenzo to bold sapphire shades at Christian Dior.

Simply put, in a sweetly traditional contrast to all of the dynamic and diverse trends out there, summer ’14 returns to pink for girls and blue for boys.

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