- Fashion trend forecasters share predictions of spring fashion
- Trends to look out for include florals, designer denim and punk-inspired items
- New York Fashion Week runs September 5 through 12
(CNN) -- New York Fashion Week is set to bloom on Thursday, and fashion forecasters are once again peering into their chic crystal balls for an early glimpse of the spring 2014 women's collections.
Sheila Aimette, of fashion forecaster WGSN, says fashion followers are in for a sweet surprise with candy-colored pastels.
(WGSN is the official trend sponsor of the bi-annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.)
Amidst garden party hues of blush rose and bold peony, Aimette also expects designers to add a vivid splash of blue -- from icy aqua to classic navy -- to liven up the softer hues.
"I suspect we will see a continuation of resort (wear) -- big florals, art-inspired prints, offbeat pastel combinations and architecturally minded separates and sportswear-inspired ideas," predicts Anne Slowey, fashion news director of Elle Magazine.
Aimette agrees: Flora and fauna will be flourishing, even in mismatched patterns on top and bottoms.
"There will be a lot happening in print and pattern because the silhouette is architectural and sleek," Aimette says.
Denim will also be on double duty; expect to see the wardrobe staple in skinny-legged, dark washes, paired with a boyfriend-fit chambray shirt.