During the Berlin Fashion Week last July, designers gave us a glimpse of the colorful trends that will be popular this spring and summer. Although a number of designs will be featured throughout the spring and summer months, garments in vibrant shades will top the list of fashion must-haves for trendy men and women in Berlin and beyond. For S/S 2014, fashion houses have used a spectrum of bright colors along with more subtle hues. Designers are using shades of red, orange, and pink, as well as simple yet chic black-and-white patterns, proving that this spring and summer is all about cool color schemes.

As we shift from winter to spring, we replace the impenetrable fabrics and structured silhouettes of the colder seasons with the lightweight textures and flirty shapes usually worn during the warmer months. Luminous shades of carrot(1), amber, honey, tangerine, terracotta, and pumpkin(2), radiant red(3), and mellow yellow will be used in everything from harem pants to suit jackets as designers are using an array of variations of these eye-catching colors. Along with these fierce and fiery colors, S/S 2014 will also feature much darker color concoctions like navy blue(4) and deep purple. And as M&S displays, these colors have been added to conservative pieces like coastal-inspired tailored pants, jackets and blazers bearing sophisticated cuts and silhouettes, loose-fitting blouses, and knee-length skirts.

(1) Fendi SS14 / (2) Givenchy SS14 / (3) Kenzo SS14

According to the Pantone Fashion Color Report for S/S 2014, the impending seasons will feature fashions bearing colors like placid blue, violet tulip, hemlock, paloma, sand, fresia, cayenne, celosia orange, dazzling blue(5), and radiant orchid(6), the last of which is the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014. While the majority of the hues trending this spring and summer will be intense and festive, understated shades will also be part of the fashion scene.

(4) Acne Studios SS14 / (5) Jacquemus SS14 / (6) Balenciaga SS14


For instance, colors like black and white(7), which are typically reserved for the fall and winter, will be used to replicate the monochrome fashion trend from the 1960s with collections bearing chic black and white striped patterns(8) or checkered prints straight from the Mod era. In addition to these black and white solids and patterns, designs will also focus on unique color-blocking in graphic palettes(9).

(7) Alexander Wang SS14 / (8) Burberry Prorsum SS14 / (9) Alexander McQueen SS14

Whether you opt to fill your closet with audacious, brazen shades or simple black and whites, you can easily enhance your attire with some of the trendiest colors for S/S 2014.

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