SS13 brings a whole raft of new trends to play with, and this season’s catwalks showed something for everyone. Women’s jackets took centre stage with bomber styles heralded as the shape to be seen in; other key pieces included Chanel inspired boucle jackets in pretty pastel shades and masculine tuxedo silhouettes cut in pristine white fabrics. Other key pieces include cropped trousers, pencil skirts, statement trainers and low heels. Oriental inspirations were translated into kimonos, obi belts and origami shapes, whilst animal influences were seen in iridescent mermaid style dresses and snakeskin prints.
With an overwhelming choice of shapes, styles and cuts to choose from, often the simplest way to bring your wardrobe up to date is by investing in key pieces that nod to this season’s key colour trends.
One of the easiest trends to emulate, with many of us typically owning existing pieces in black and white to work with. Daring graphic prints were one of the strongest monochromatic looks seen this season, with bold stripes at Marc Jacobs and Tommy Hilfiger, and grid formations used at Emporio Armani and Louis Vuitton. Think ‘linear’ or be daring and go with a checkerboard print.
Alternatively - and this one’s not for fake tan fanatics - mimic the immaculate, fresh all white look seen at Roberto Cavalli and Missoni. Try teaming masculine tailored pieces with a bold red lip, and an oversized statement bag.
Think spearmint green, fondant pink, baby blue, violet and lemon – these sweet and ‘frothy’ shades were seen at Christopher Kane, Mulberry and Valentino. Keep the colour to one element of your outfit: oversized slouch jumpers in pastels, paired with black jeans and simple pumps, are a great way to embrace the trend without feeling like a sugar plum fairy.
Hot pink, grass green, cobalt blue and orange shades were seen at Matthew Williamson and Missoni. Make an impact and colour block your outfit in neon bright shades, or incorporate one statement piece into an all white look. Alternatively add a colour pop to your outfit with accessories in neon – colourful, transparent bags and shoes will win you plenty of fashion points.
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