In its own resort-y way, South Florida is as stylish as any fashion capital.
That must be the reason that so many fashion forecasters with international reputations make appearances here.
We asked a few of them to make predictions about where fashion will go in 2014 as well as what to wear New Year’s Eve:
NEW YEAR’S EVE
“White is a big trend, especially for evening; white with gold, white with silver, especially in South Florida where everyone wears white all year round. Red is also fantastic whether it’s a reddish maroon, burgundy or bright cherry red. Also I love embellishment like sequins or pearls embroidery. What’s very new is you can mix metals [with jewelry] just like you mix textures [with apparel]. It looks so individual and rich and you don’t have to spend a lot of money on it.
Adam Glassman, creative director of “O, The Oprah Magazine” at Lord & Taylor in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park
“I think everyone looks forward to dressing up a bit more for the holidays, no matter the climate. I am a big believer in accessorizing your look with unexpected pieces, like stacking on vintage bangles or pairing your cocktail dress with a bold color shoe or embellished heel. At Marchesa we love the ‘more is more’ philosophy, and often design our cocktail dresses with interesting elements like a feather plumed peplum, or crystal embellished embroidery around the neckline, which make a dress perfect for a holiday cocktail party.”
Keren Craig, co-founder of Marchesa at Neiman Marcus in Bal Harbour
“On the runways we saw musical messages and rock ‘n’ roll references everywhere. The MET exhibit launched with the punk. There was the exhibit in London with David Bowie and Ziggy Stardust. And there’s also an earlier nod around 1993’s touchstone of grunge. Dries Van Noten and Phillip Lims did nods to grunge. Of course there’s rocker chic, but seen through the glamorized lens of fashion. A pivotal piece this season becomes the biker jacket. But it’s light as air for areas like Florida; the motocross biker jacket…very adaptable…leather in weights you can wear in this weather with a pencil skirt or with a little more pointed-toe show or a menswear-inspired shoes and a skinny pant.”
Ken Downing, senior vice president and fashion director for Neiman Marcus while visiting the Fort Lauderdale store
PRINTS AND PATTERNS
“More and more these [designer] collections are moving toward a season-less attitude…some of the trends are very applicable for this kind of climate: the black and white graphic prints, for example. You can do it very retro, polka dots, geometric prints are very modern or you could go very nautical. Then there is the whole story of flowers and prints. And the story there is in the mixing of prints. It’s all about having fun and doing something unexpected. And having just come back from the spring/summer 2014 shows I can tell you that the news is color and the prints are not going away.
Nina Garcia, creative director of “Marie Claire” magazine and “Project Runway” judge while at Lord & Taylor in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park.
“The whole print story moves forward with the mixing of prints and becomes an animal magnetism story. Not only leopard, but cheetah, zebra, python, tiger and mixing it all together.”
Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus.