Winter 13 Trend Round
There was a sophisticated air that descended on the Autumn/Winter 2013 catwalks. A charmingly cool allure presented fashion folk with collections of the best varied trends we’ve witnessed in several seasons – from ultra feminine hues and lust-worthy luxurious fabrics to reworked classics and racy new prints. The designers meant serious style business!
With designers embracing all manner of hides, skins and pelts, it was defiantly a jungle out there this season, as we saw the key trend re-invent and revitalize itself for Autumn/Winter 2013. Leopard, of course took the lead, courtesy of Burberry Prorsum and Ermanno Scervino, where old-school and sexy leopard spots injected instant rock ’n’ roll glamour. To our surprise, even print and pattern went wonderfully wild, and channeled their inner animal on the catwalks of Sister by Sibling, Tom Ford and Moschino Cheap & Chic. Versace and Carven reinterpreted the classic print in exciting additions of sequins, fur and monochrome pink that roared with excitement over the collections. Gleaming crocodile print decorated embossed leathers, bodycon knits and silky shifts, offering an alternative to brasher big cat spots and strips. Sleek ponyskin added a luxurious sheen to dresses, coats, jumpers and jackets at Victoria Beckham and Salvatore Ferragamo, which presented a sense of subtle lust, intern lending polished, clean silhouettes.
Last winter may have been about technicolored furs, but for A/W 13, furs were being utilised in unusual and unexpected ways. Unabashedly luxurious, black and white furs became the statement toppers of choice on the catwalks of Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Valentino and beyond. While Chanel‘s blue mink helmet and Alexander Wang‘s furry mittens made us smile, Prada had us lusting after her jackets with huge fur cuffs. And though Valentino‘s Snow White-inspired spotted fur capes and skirts brought out the fun factor, many of next season’s best sellers we predict will come courtesy of Balenciaga, who fabulously created the marbled fox jackets, that closed the show. Ultimately, we believe these coats and fur-embellished accessories are what dreams are made of and that fake fur looks just as good!
While monochrome ruled the runways, we lovingly saw a combination of the palest pinks and dusky damask hues being stylishly drenched in a warm rosy glow, which shone throughout the Autumn/Winter 2013-14 collections. Pink featured prominently in candy floss hues at Carven and Simone Rocha, dirtier pale shades at Louise Goldin and Miu Miu, and even a brighter blush seen at Céline that’ll brighten up the gloomiest of days. Nina Ricci, Lanvin and Jonathan Saunders showcased how this trend can transcend on both day and evening, where slip dresses and shifts for cocktail hour were presented in rosy hues. Roksanda Ilincic sprinkled the watered down shade over her works, which portrayed a distinct girly vibe amongst her creations. Pink outerwear is the true investment for this season, giving winter an instant burst of femininity, and has been labeled as the new womanly allure.
Plaid’s relationship to the runway has dabbled in heritage tartans, streetwise grunge and schoolgirl dalliances. The Autumn/Winter 2013 collections saw plaid adopting a wittier, modern charm, where billowing gowns along with easy coats breathed a new life into trad tartans; while fur, sequins and silks were experimented and combined with the traditional plaid print. We saw glossy striking blanket weaves at Ashish, bold novel natty laundry-bag inspired prints at Céline, a colorful check at Stella McCartney and dramatic black-and-white ruffled herringbone at Commes de Garcons, which made an ultimate theatrical trend statement. These are autumn’s definitive prints and are the square route to style this season.
To help keep the spirits high through the dark months winter blooms were splashed across evening coats and dresses, proving that floral is not exclusively a summer pattern. Less feminine than summer’s pretty bunch, this season’s prints were dark, edgy and luxe. Deep blue and scarlet brought vitality to the naturally brooding winter collections, seen at Christopher Kane and Oscar da la Renta. With their hothouse hues and perfectly cultivated patterns, winter’s florals – be they single stems or hand-picked bouquets – have a dazzling, hyper-real quality. Flocked fabrics and lace overlays added an air of ornateness, putting a fresh spin on the trend. Dolce & Gabbana, Erdem and Burberry Prorsum were all of the impression that overall, we need to think less prissy, and more powerful.
By Katie Farley