Twice yearly, Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing announces his top ten seasonal trends. These anticipated lists for spring and fall then inform shoppers’ purchases at the Dallas-based luxury retailer – and beyond.
Incorporating clothing, accessories, beauty, and concepts, the Neiman Marcus trend lists always highlight a must-have color in the lead. For Spring 2014, Downing’s top pick is pink, with an unexpected handbag choice and a case of the blues adding interest on down the line. Read on for the full list:
Ken Downing’s Neiman Marcus Spring 2014 Trends
1. Pinks: Downing loves many shades of this ladylike top color pick for spring, especially those bright and saturated. Shown: Nancy Gonzalez Floral-Applique Crocodile Satchel Bag & Saint Laurent Tribute High-Heel Sandal
2. White with Black: The perennial pairing returns, and Neiman’s places the emphasis on accessories for the coming season.
3. Shirt Chic: The retailer urges us to “keep cool under the collar” with this versatile wardrobe staple. Shown: Burberry London Long Sleeve Two-Tone Blouse, Donna Karan Cap Sleeve Top, and Halston Heritage Long-Sleeve Shirtdress
4. Short Stories: Not limited to bottoms, both crop tops and shorts fit into this abbreviated category.
5. Backpacks: Our pick of the list, we love this unexpected focus on chic, strappy carryalls in all shapes and colors. Shown: Stella McCartney Flabella Drawstring Backpack & Elizabeth & James Cynnie Drawstring Backpack
6. Summer Booties: Another outside-the-box trend choice, this festival fave looks to oust skimpier footwear from the premier warm weather post.
7. Layered Bracelets: Lending an air of the bohemian, Downing commands arm candy to multiply come spring.
8. Artistic Prints: Whether graphic, abstract, painterly, or digital, Neiman’s list suggests we “build a collection” of printed pieces. Shown: Mary Katrantzou Bejeweled Bow Cropped Top and High Waist Skirt, Escada Butterfly-Print Dress, and Alice + Olivia Triss Floral-Print Dress
9. The Pink Lip: Ladies will love this new hot hue, both lighter and more versatile, after a season of heavy crimson pouts.
10. Denim on Denim: A case of the blues wraps the list, just in time to break out our cut-offs and oversized chambray button-downs.
All images via NeimanMarcus.com.