SPRING SEASON: Barbara Fields, left, discusses Spring 2014 trends Oct. 7. Some notable forecasts include athletic looks, high-waisted denim looks and daisy prints.

SPRING SEASON: Barbara Fields, left, discusses Spring 2014 trends Oct. 7. Some notable forecasts include athletic looks, high-waisted denim looks and daisy prints.


Barbara Fields Spring 2014 Forecast: Days of Daisies and Sports

For juniors fashions, everything will be coming up daisies for Spring 2014.

Daisy prints will grace everything in juniors fashions from wovens and sweaters to jeans in Spring 2014, predicted Barbara Fields, veteran trends forecaster and president of the Barbara Fields Buying Office, which has been producing biannual fashion trend seminars since 1981.

Fields hosted Spring 2014 forecast presentations Oct. 7–10 in the sprawling executive meeting room in suite C855 of the California Market Center in Los Angeles. During the talks, she led delegations of buyers from retailers Zappos, Stage, Stitches, Gordman’s JC Penney, Bealls, Rue 21, Gabriel Brothers, Wet Seal, Love Culture and Canadian retailer Bluenotes Stores,along with Wall Street analysts, past rolling racks of juniors fashions.

One of the top items for the upcoming season will be a category called “Sports Lux,” or T-shirts, printed pants and athletic shorts with numbers typically seen on athletic team jerseys or graphics that just look like they should be in a palette of a sports team’s looks.

The popularity for music festival styles, typically seen at prominent annual events such as The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival,will continue. But in Spring 2014, according to Fields’ forecast, dresses, denim shorts and T-shirts favored by the music-festival crowd will bear Aztec-like designs.

Prints with a tropical theme will be popular, as well as florals other than daisy prints. Also, expect fabrics such as crochet, lace and fishnet to be an obsession.

Other important looks will be any category of clothing with a white color, peasant tops with embroidered details, crochet insets and beadwork, and necklace tops—or T-shirts, sweaters and crops bearing jewelry on their necklines.

Fields also forecast the continued popularity of graphic T-shirts and sweatshirts with cheeky slogans and unique graphics.

Drawstring pants will be prominent for this set, along with printed leggings. For denim, Fields predicted that neon jeans and all-over prints will take a break, and for 2014, there will be a lot of indigo shades. Short shorts and overall shorts will be popular, and high-waisted shorts will be prominent along with jeans with deconstructed looks.

Dresses with high-low hems and pencil and skater skirts will be popular, along with skirts and dresses bearing a tie-front. Fields also predicted kimono wraps and kimono tops will be all the rage in Spring 2014. She and her staff wore kimonos by the Los Angeles–based label Penelope Project during the presentation.

She also gave a forecast of looks for Fall 2014. Look out for plaids with a grunge-style edge and suspenders worn as an accessory.

Wall Street analyst Liz Pierce of Ascendiant Capital Markets in Irvine, Calif., attended the Oct. 7 seminar. “I don’t see any wholesale silhouette changes, but I do see some fabric changes,” Pierce said of the upcoming season. For new 2014 styles, Pierce noted new looks in crochet and PVC trim.


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