Who knew such a subtle entrance spotted during the past few seasons could make for such a strong impression – one that gets to be reinforced for fall 2014, when folk fashion strives to become a larger part of the tale? Beautiful embroideries, ethnic prints, rich earthy tones and a gorgeous play on texture are sure to turn this trend into an irresistible movement. This fall becomes all about mixing traditional motifs with modern silhouettes, for an aesthetic appearing to be carved out straight from the pages of a fairy tale.

After the break, a look at the trend and how you can wear it for fall 2014.

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Fables & fairytales: F/W '14
Fables & fairytales: F/W '14
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Folk fashion: fall 2014.

Folk fashion doesn’t stand for newness, for innovation, as its beginnings entwine with history, with world-wide traditions and customs that bear their own kind of timeless appeal. But in constantly being reimagined, the folk aesthetic does get a contemporary make-over, one assuring its elements are always coming across as pertinent. For fall 2014, folk fashion merges with the bohemian glamour of the ’70s, in building a style defined by effortless elegance, and nuanced with plenty of fairy-tale inspired motifs and silhouettes.

Floral embroideries.

Floral embroideries can build a myriad of patterns, some rich, others subtle, some colourful, others muted, but in witnessing them adorn a garment, they are almost instantly perceived as an integral part of folk fashion. This season seek them on clean, sturdy silhouettes and dark fabrics, keeping the looks minimal and allowing the floral embroideries to do all the talking.

Assuring an equally striking effect, the rich embroideries can also be seen decorating sheer materials and cozy shawls in light, creamy hues. You can bet on an imaginative play of soft and heavy by pairing thick knits with the most ethereal of embroidered fabrics.

Folk fashion trend fall 2014
Floral embroideries at Dolce & Gabbana, Temperley London and Tommy Hilfiger, F/W ’14

Rich tapestry.

A beautiful assortment of pattern options for fall 2014 includes rich tapestry and abstract print mixing. Seeing how the fabrics are already heavy on intricate motifs, make sure to keep the silhouettes as simple as possible. Invest in laid-back dresses to wear with knee-high boots, and hooded overcoats to pair with fringed leather skirts and ankle strap heels, for what is the ultimate take on autumnal sophistication.

Folk fashion trend fall 2014
Rich tapestry at Etro & Valentino, F/W ’14

Appliques, baroque swirls, abstract ethnic prints.

Other key elements building the folk fashion trend for fall 2014 include exquisite appliques, baroque swirls and abstract ethnic prints. Creative yet cohesive, the mix of elements are being given a modern interpretation as they join forces with blocks of transparency, and daring plunging necklines. Channel your inner boho goddess by picking out super-short silhouettes to wear with anything in between a pair of pointy toe flats, a knee-high, or a thigh-high pair of boots. Keep the make-up minimal and style your locks into effortless up do’s.

Folk fashion trend fall 2014
Folk inspiration at Dolce & Gabbana, Temperley London & Emilio Pucci, F/W ’14

Folk fashion: the key elements.

The sheer blouse & the folk motif knit.

The folk fashion might resemble a stylish puzzle, made out of numerous key pieces that once put together together assure an impeccable take on the trend. But if you’re looking to refresh your wardrobe with just a few statement items, here are the main elements to consider:

  • the sheer blouse, cut in lightweight fabrics, best if adorned with delicate embroideries, beadwork or intricate needlepoint. Wear it against bare skin or under a fur vest, paired with a fine pleated skirt and suede boots to enhance its bohemian vibes;
  • the folk knit that can include anything in between floral, paisley and animal motifs. Pick it slightly oversized and team it with a folk mini skirt and high heels, tucking your hair in and keeping your make-up bare.

Folk fashion trend fall 2014
Folk inspiration at Etro & Tory Burch, F/W ’14

The fur coat & the cozy shearling.

Seeing how we’re taking fall, hence colder temperatures that serve as the perfect pretext for us to indulge in warm layers, do invest in a faux fur coat, a cozy shearling or a shearling vest:

  • forget all about monochrome tones and opt for rich burgundy and earthen colours instead when choosing a fur coat this fall; layer it on top of gold embroidered pieces, cabled sweaters and vintage-inspired dresses.
  • same goes for the cozy shearlings that make for the fashion nomad’s best friend when worn over weightless chiffon dresses, building looks that speak of a discreet sense of luxury.

Folk fashion trend fall 2014
Folk inspiration at Etro, F/W ’14

The blanket overcoat, the maxi cardigan & the cape.

More of the folk inspired outerwear for the season includes:

  • the blanket overcoat, carrying that signature bohemian laid-back feel, looking best when balanced with dainty lace dresses, chic chignons and patent leather boots;
  • the maxi cardigan, looking polished and carefree all at once when layered on top of ethnic printed maxi dresses, styled with golden chokers and deep-side parts;
  • the cape, part of the storytelling line of ensembles, making for an exquisite evening option when accompanying a glamorous dress, and for an ultra-feminine one for the day, if worn with a white button down and a pair of high-waisted trousers.

Folk fashion trend fall 2014
Folk inspiration at Laura Biagiotti, Mara Hoffman & Valentino, F/W ’14

Clean lines vs. print mixing.

The association of bohemian with folk fashion can give place to a couple of equally relevant interpretations of the trend: you can either choose to go with clean, simple lines, by balancing them out with rich prints drawn in a light palette of colours; or you can opt to mix prints, colours and even embellishments, in creating unique, free-spirited looks that are known to constitute the heart of the trend. Either way works as long as it successfully represents your very own aesthetic.

Folk fashion trend fall 2014
Folk inspiration at Mother of Pearl & Temperley London, F/W ’14

Evening sophistication.

In transitioning from day to night, the folk inspiration manages to fully maintain its effortless sophistication. If you plan on sporting the trend to a fancy event, remember to balance out the richness of the fabrics with easy, flowing silhouettes. The appeal of the evening dresses is measured in intricate thread embroideries, morphing folk motifs, and golden seams. Wear the gowns with either an all natural make-up, or with smoky eyes and vampy red lips.

Folk fashion trend fall 2014
Folk inspiration at Anna Sui & Mara Hoffman, F/W ’14

Folk inspired accessories.

The folk inspired accessories are the ones allowing you to choose between fully embarking on this major trend, or simply infusing your wardrobe with bits and pieces oozing of folk inspiration. Whichever the case, a pair of high-heeled suede or leather boots with gold detailing will make sure to add some of that ’70s boho spirit to your outfits, while an embroidered handbag will surely serve as the perfect finishing touch to any outfit come fall. As long as details go, you can’t go wrong with swaying fringes, playful tassels and plenty of golden accents.

Folk fashion trend fall 2014
Folk inspired accessories at Emilio Pucci, Tory Burch and Etro, F/W ’14

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