Greetings from London!

I have been soaking in the city and its style for the past week and I must say, the British are a very well dressed bunch. Of the many current, winter trends I have been seeing plaid, quilted outerwear, thick cable knit, leather accents, and ankle booties are the ones that reoccur the most. With 2014 just beginning, the shops have started putting out the first looks for spring be it via their websites spring lookbooks or key items at the fronts of stores. The five trends coming up or remaining through the new year that I’ve seen with the most prominence are:

1) Graphic Florals

I saw a range of floral prints both large and small, but this year they are more graphic and daring rather than the classic flowers of seasons past.

2) Pink

Bright days are ahead when it comes to color trends for this spring. A variety of shades of pink were all over new arrival look books with a warm, cornflower blue and zesty, lemon yellow taking second and third place.

3) Bomber Jackets

This trend began this winter, but is here to stay for spring. Bomber jackets are not just for varsity sports anymore. They are surprisingly chic paired with a pencil skirt. These jackets are a veratile way to incorporate not just the bomber jacket trend but also black and white or graphic florals into your collection.

4) High Waist

High waists have been around for the past few seasons, but here in London it has strong staying power the younger the collections’s demographic. This would be a great addition to a juniors or young womens spring and summer collection.

5) Black and White

Whenever I see black and white, I think of “My Fair Lady.” It perfectly balances being both classy and daring. This is also a crossover trend like the bomber jacket. It is easily done as a graphic floral or accented with pink accessories.

Need help fitting these trends in accessories, footwear, or in a few center pieces to spice up an upcoming collection? JLD Studios is an experienced design resource that can get you from wanting it in your collection to having it in your collection.

More soon from London!