Get an insight into the seasonal must-haves for fall and winter 2014-15 in the following slideshow. This trends forecast is a collaboration between Global Sources and Fashion Snoops, a global trends forecasting service and consulting company based in New York. Its services are used by hundreds of leading fashion, interiors and consumer products brands, including Hugo Boss, Guess, Triumph, Sephora, Nordstorm, Wal-Mart, Target, P&G, Disney and Warner Brothers.
The tote has become the staple of this generation: from soft shapes to more rigid silhouettes this style continues to evolve for fall and winter 2014-15. Handles are now fastened to the exterior of the bag for a more raw update. Elongated shoulder straps are built into this style with their own details, from contrasting colors to fur accents. The inverted trapezoid is still the most popular silhouette and will continue for the coming season.
Handbags as a whole have evolved into more structured silhouettes over the past few seasons, making the top handle style significantly more important as we move into fall and winter 2014-15. Metal details on the handles, as well as braiding details and embellishments, are among the top updates of the season.
The beanie becomes a permanent fixture atop women's heads for the fall and winter 2014-15 season, proving to be a great example on how trends can percolate from the streets. Large rib-knit structures are introduced into this headwear silhouette, while colors such as cobalt and oxblood will make perfect accents for next season.
Oversized knit scarf
Oversized knits are the most versatile cold-weather accessories and allow for many options in their construction and updates. For fall and winter 2014-15, oversized knits become multicolored and demonstrate the usage of varying knit structures. Intermixing rib knits with cable knits gives a great feel of texture and makes a statement for the season.
Belts are becoming focal points for outfits as more feminine silhouettes emerge on the runway and the woman's waistline becomes more emphasized. Adding oversized crystals and metal details give it a luxe feeling that elevates any look.
The choker necklace becomes simplified for the fall and winter 2014-15 season with lengths which are a little less tight to the neck and skinnier, flat front chains. Rose gold continues to be strong, especially when mixed with yellow gold or silver.
High-heeled ankle boot
The high-heel ankle boot becomes a wardrobe staple for the fall and winter 2014-15 season. Flexing from casual daytime silhouettes to elegant updates, versatility is a key element in this style's construction. New design details include mesh inserts, lug soles and oversized buckles giving the high-heel ankle boot a more aggressive sensibility for the season to come.
The sweatshirt becomes a major must-have this season in both knits and wovens thanks to an athletic push from Moto Sport. A wide variety of design updates are on hand, ranging from commercial color blocking, screens or contrast sleeves to more technical advancements such as quilting and neoprene materials. The moto end of the trend is keen on leather applications or embroidered emblems.
A timeless classic on the sweater category, the cardigan is anything but basic, with featured styles ranging from mixed media to long or blanket styles. Cardigan applications fit seamlessly into the Bohemia theme. Design details are anything but traditional, including mixed media or contrast themes and influential elongated or blanket styles. Other updates come in the form of patterns or collar detail, notably shawl or fur styles.
Wide leg pants
Wide-leg pants remain a driver in the bottoms market, with applications spanning from an androgynous Tomboy to utilitarian Russian Revolution. It must be noted that the popular cropped shape is combined with the wide-leg silhouette for a directional look. Classic design updates may include pleated legs, tab fronts or a high waistline. The menswear is also evident with pinstripes or tweed.
Military outerwear is a time-tested classic, which comes to the surface in Russian Revolution. Military jackets, coats and trench coats all get in on the action, and most are met with essential design details. Contrast lapels, velvet trims and fur collars are favoured takeaways. Naval influence appears on double-breasted styles, brass hardware and flap jackets. Self-belts push forward on trench coats.
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