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2014 is upon us, folks, so allow us to check in with Miami's most fashionable residents to hear their thoughts on the biggest trends of the upcoming year.
Q: What trends do you think will hit it big in Miami in 2014?
Hadley Henriette, Managing Editor of Miami Haute Living: I think fashionable Miamians will continue to embrace indie and local designers and the chic new independent shops that are carrying them. Which is really a great thing. As far as what people are wearing? Textured sweaters, shreds, and if Prada gets their way (and I'm hoping they do) big, chunky shoes. Right now everyone has been doing bright colors, but pastels are supposed to be on their way for spring and it would be so nice for Miami."
Maria Tettamanti, Founder of The Wordy Girl: I can only hope and pray to the fickle Fashion Gods that crop tops will die a grim, ghastly death — only because a meager one percent of the female population can pull off this trend with aplomb. Same goes for the omnipresent Hervé Léger bandage dress — they're far too overplayed in Miami. I also think we'll see a return to menswear — think wide-leg trousers, borrowed-from-the-boys blazers and cool bomber jackets.
Alessandra Gold, Creative Director of KruZin Footwear and CEO of the Alessandra Gold Concept Store: I predict for more and more standout sneakers. Expect the unexpected in the high contemporary and luxury arena; designers are playing with out-of-context materials and incorporating details not often used on traditional athletic kicks as per pony hair, acid denims, afrocentric prints, 90's neons, lace, chrome metals and 3M reflective.
Elysze Held, Professional Stylist and Founder of Style Out of the City:
Body-conscious dresses with a street-chic element, coupled with their usual gorgeous craftsmanship for evening—so easy and ethereal at Marchesa&;8212their collection of light layers had a multidimensional feel. As for the stores in Miami, I think Saks Bal Harbor had really upped their game as they are newly renovated and their Spring 2014 buy is very Miami (color/whites)! In the Design District, the best store is Dior Homme.
Jonathan Eyal, Founder of Supply & Advise: Men of all ages will take dressing up a little more seriously with a nod to dapper style, so plan on seeing more pocket squares, ties & hand tied bow ties. We'll continue to see camouflage (it's not dead in our book!) and men will take more risks by wearing non-traditional prints. A resurgence in traditional shoes is afoot so be ready to see plenty more classic staples like tassel loafers, wingtips, and penny loafers. We're hoping this is the year we'll begin seeing less drop crotch pants and overly embellished and artificially distressed denim with flaps and buttons on the back pockets. We can be hopeful, right?