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What outfits will you be wearing this upcoming spring season?

Both bold and muted trends are in for spring 2014

As the warm weather approaches, that lingering desire to turn over a new leaf pervades our thoughts as our closets crave a new look. This spring calls for risk-taking as last year’s trends travel to bolder grounds and take on a wilder personality.

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Nargisse Akyuz, local Montreal designer for fashion label, Nisse, takes us through each of these fashion trends, offering advice on how to wear them and telling us her own opinion of these statement makers.

The Crop Top

Your blouse shrunk in the wash? Don’t fret. It happens to be the latest spring 2014 fashion trend. From Jill Stuart to Vivienne Tam, the crop top is this season’s favorite child. Whether worn with a full skirt or high waisted pants, it dominated the runways, provoking multiple street style imitations. According to Akyuz, “the crop top is a stylish statement this season.”

Pop Art

Eager to take your wardrobe to bolder territory? The pop art trend demands your attention. According to Oscar Wilde, “you can either be a work of art or wear one.” This spring, you’re invited to embody this quote with pop art designs that give ordinary prints like stripes and polka dots a run for their money. Reigning at Prada and Chanel, these designs remind us of the powerful connection between fashion and art. “Pop art can be a form to communicate,” says Akyuz. “I love hidden messages in apparel. It’s like a story that I’m telling you just by wearing it.”


Dropped your dress in the shredder? No need to panic. Fringe happens to be the latest spring trend to rule the runways of designers such as Altuzarra and Emilio Pucci. Say goodbye to last year’s feminine frills and release your inner cowgirl as fringe takes center stage. With the 90s resurrection, it should come as no surprise that distressed dressing is being translated through a variety of forms, from ripped jeans to Great Gatsby fringe dresses. Akyuz describes herself as a big fan of the fringe trend. “Fringe is always sexy and their appearance is like a feast of movement,” she says.

Head-To-Toe White

If you happen to be a classist, head-to-toe white is calling your name. In a city like Montreal where the weather is unpredictable and a sudden downpour can annihilate your look, this trend may seem daunting, but there’s nothing more refreshing than the clean and minimalist quality of a head-to-toe white outfit. Akyuz suggests updating this look with extra volume and feminine details. Using white throughout her new spring 2014 collection, she describes it as “a breath of fresh air.” The collection combines flowy white skirts juxtaposed with structured pieces and dashes of colour. “I was inspired by the highly structured with whimsical softness and the flow of whirling dervishes,” she says.

Are you inspired? Ready to play with the latest spring trends? On your mark, get set, shop.

Check out our roundup of the top Spring beauty trends:

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Spring ahead of the beauty game

Both bold and muted trends are in for spring 2014

This winter has been unbearably harsh, with last-minute snow storms and that dreaded polar vortex. But fret not, for our suffering has not gone without consideration as we will soon see a transition in weather, bringing forth warmer days. With the change in forecast comes a change in routine and I do mean beauty routine. Spring allows for fresh looks from head to toe so let’s get started.

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Let’s take it from the top, literally. In terms of hair, thick headbands were spotted on the runways, from Balenciaga to Valentino. Both design houses adorned models’ heads with bands covered in studs and knots. Then there was Lupita Nyong’o who, on the other end of the spectrum, wore a pretty, dainty, diamond headband at the Oscars. Whether your inspiration comes from fashion week or awards night, this trend is on point so get your head in the game.

With the emergence of spring, cool girl hair — meaning I-woke-up-like-this waves — is also making its debut. Warm temperatures mean air-drying your hair becomes easier and playing with your natural texture is a departure from the structured looks we tend to go for during the colder months.

Now, it’s time to give face. All that glitters is definitely gold. Lashes, eyelids and eyebrows were gilded at Gucci and Dior and even a gold-painted part in models’ hair was spotted at Dries Van Noten. Want to add a touch of glimmer to your eyes? Urban Decay’s eyeshadow in “Half Baked” gives you the Midas touch.

An unsurprising trend was the use of a pastel palette on eyes, lips and nails. This is a more traditional way of interpreting spring, in terms of beauty, and shades of light pink, baby blue and lavender were seen on the runways of Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, and Holly Fulton, respectively.

If you prefer to play up your pout, the season’s brightest trend is orange lips. Numerous designers opted for this sunny shade which is also obvious for spring but refreshing at the same time. It is the easiest way to elevate your look, day or night. One of MAC’s best-selling shades, “Lady Danger,” is an orangey-red that flatters most complexions.

As of late, plenty of emphasis has been placed on nails — just try going through your Instagram feed without spotting a killer pair of claws. Rita Remark who works for Essie Canada and was seen painting nails backstage during Toronto Fashion Week, curated spring’s top manicures. They were demure, simple but not boring, and a departure from the crazy nail art we’ve been seeing (which she says is so 2013). Pale colours or nude polishes were forerunners, whether they were opaque or sheer, and either matte and shiny finishes completed the neutral nails.

And there you have it, folks. Designers, makeup artists and celebrities gave us a clean slate to start the upcoming season. With these trends in your beauty arsenal, you’ll be shining brighter than the extra hour of daylight.


Mixtape – Spring is in the Air

With spring fast approaching, The Concordian compiled a mixtape that reflects our love-hate relationship with the season. Countless love songs have been written about the springtime, but spring can also be a time for heartbreak and transition.

As we impatiently watch the months of heavy snow slowly melt away, we also see all that discarded trash begin to surface. As we stop to smell the flowers, we can’t help but get a whiff of unpleasantness; it’s this duality of the season that has inspired artists and musicians alike for years.

So clutch your lover tight and bask in the optimism of Side A: “Love in Springtime” and when things aren’t looking so rosy, flip to Side B: “Spring Heartbreak,” for the sludgy remains of a long winter.


Side A: “Love in Springtime”

1. “White Winter Hymnal” – Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

2. “Love is A Place” – Metric – Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?

3. “Here Comes the Sun” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

4. “April In Paris” – Thad Jones – The Magnificent Thad Jones

5. “Exercises In Free Love” – Montserrat Caballé – Barcelona

6. “Looks Just Like The Sun” – Broken Social Scene -You Forgot It in People

7. “Scenic World” – Beirut – Lon Gisland

8. “Time of the Season” – The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle

9. “Taste Of The Sun” – Meat Puppets – No Joke!

10. “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” – Simon and Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme 

Side B: “Spring Heartbreak”

1. “Another Spring” – Nina Simone – Nina Simone and Piano

2. “Piledriver Waltz” – Alex Turner – Submarine EP

3. “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” – Ella Fitzgerald – Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

4. “Walk in the Park” – Beach House – Teen Dream

5. “Stormy Weather” – Billie Holiday – An Evening with Billie Holiday

6. “Spring Song” – Mose Allison – Back Country Suite


7. “Ain’t No Sunshine” – Bill Withers – Just as I Am

8. “Spring Is Here” – Chet Baker – Deep in a Dream

9. “Rainy Weather Blues” – Bessie Smith –The Complete Columbia Recordings

10. “The Park” – Feist – The Reminder

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