Next Season’s Big Trends

October 22, 2012 2:00 pm


With the recent furor of the successive New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, we might forget the big shows and trends from each city. The spectacles and the sights of each fashion week dictate what we will find on the high street next season, so let’s predict what we might be wearing in spring/summer 2013.

The sixties are back with a vengeance. Cute little shift dresses and hair bows were big at Louis Vuitton, who exhibited an array of sixties-esque outfits. It was a parade of checkerboard print and outlandish graphics, all elegantly crowned with beehive hair and girlish bows, with models walking in pairs, as girls do. Marc Jacobs, creative director at Louis Vuitton, played around with shape and pattern, but checkerboard patterns frequently appeared, if subtly, on most garments. You can definitely imagine the likes of Twiggy and Catherine Deneuve, sixties pin-ups, wearing this collection. As well as feminine pastels, and zingy bright yellow, there came the return of monochrome, in-line with the checkerboard trend. At Prada, there was a similar exhibition of monochrome, with garments featuring simple flower patterns and odd toe-shoes. It’s safe to say the shoes will not be catching on, but monochrome will be big next season.

In true twentieth century fashion, after the sixties comes the spirit of the seventies – and that’s what we saw on the catwalk. With fashion royalty like Kate Moss embellishing the FROW, Yves Saint Laurent put on a show of garments not far removed from the style of Moss herself. Here, we saw lots of black, skinny trousers and pussybow shirts in billowing, luxurious chiffon. A range of materials infiltrated the collection, with leather, suede and, of course, the aforementioned chiffon. No model walked without an over-sized fedora hat, brim often mysteriously shadowing their face, oozing with rock credentials. We saw printed, flowing dresses and capes in sheer materials with light leopard print, and then more structured little black dresses teamed with a shirt and mandatory pussybow. All very Florence Welch.

Skipping out the eighties, next up was the nineties at Balmain. We saw gangster jackets with big shoulders and lapels, big gold hoop earrings and cinched-in waists. Monochrome was key in this collection and leather also made an appearance. We saw more graphics, like in Louis Vuitton, with stripes and wacky patterns on little mini dresses.

Finally, colour is huge next season alongside its opposition, monochrome. The emphasis is on jewel tones. There will be lots of rich, lavish colour like magenta, spicy orange, cobalt blue, aquamarine, turquoise, and golden yellow. We saw this at Gucci, but Burberry took it to a whole new level with the use of shiny, metallic fabric. Blue dresses paired with see-through gold Perspex bags and metallic, vivid, pink trench coats adorned the catwalk, alongside the opulent peacock feather trench as worn by Edie Campbell.

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