It maybe difficult to believe spring is here, given the constant climatic whitewash and non-stop downpour, but the fashion pack are trooping on, and despite London Fashion Week bringing autumn/winter wares to us already, we’re still delighting in the what the sunnier side of our wardrobe has to offer.
Although the spring 2013 shows may seem like an age ago, we’re recapping on five of the biggest trends to roll off the runway so that your new season wardrobe is suitably edited for the (hopefully) warmer temperatures ahead:
The biggest story to come out of spring/summer 2013; monochrome was HUGE. Yes. Marc Jacobs led the trend obsession by introducing a playful, monochrome checker board block design into the collection at Louis Vuitton, and playing with stripes for his namesake designs. Jil Sander and Céline brought the yin and yang of the colour spectrum together in a beautifully minimal fashion, but it was the vertical stripe short suit at Michael Kors that stole our summer-hungry hearts!
Not a new season trend delight; a whitewash was evident for spring 2013, but not in the clinical sense: think airy and second skin, accented with hints of interesting texture detail. Major champions of the trend included Topshop Unique, Sass & Bide, Richard Nicoll and Rochas – summer appropriate, and a well-deserved breather from the previous season’s pattern and heavy colour galore!
Sheer fabrics reigned supreme on the spring runway, and not just for their sexy and sunshine-appropriate qualities. Layered looks made the sheer trend more wearable, whilst prints at Roberto Cavalli added an almost concealing quality. Sheer outerwear in the form of slips and long-line jackets made an appearance at Prabal Gurung and Reed Krakoff, making it a summer staple rather than daring attempt to dress sexy.
Another one to covet from seasons past, the trouser suit is a permanent fixture on every designer’s trend radar. But we’re not talking boardroom boring, we’re taking spring sexy and perfectly wearable for any occasion, any time. Softly sloping shoulders at Stella McCartney, zingy brights at Pedro Lourenco and peeping tom bras under sharp suit jackets at Jonathan Saunders were sure-fire winners. For the new season, suitably suited is the only way.
Far East obsession
Where Miuccia goes, the fash pack follows. Bringing Japan to Milan, Prada put forward its geisha slipper-clad foot in origami folds and enlarged daisy appliqués aptly reminiscent of The Rising Sun, whilst obi-belted designs took charge at Emilio Pucci, Haider Ackermann and Etro. Waist-cinching silhouettes and calm, tonal shades inserted with hints of oriental print and craft technique are a Kyotan dream, without the never-ending flight to the Far East.