After a glorious Spring/Summer 2013 (where we have experienced everything from 60’s chic to sports luxe) that injected some fun and frivolity back into fashion, Autumn/Winter comes at us with a slightly more serious and sombre tone. It might be different, but that’s always been celebrated in a new season’s worth of collections, so bring on the diversity!
1. Winter Florals
Florals have taken a dark, romantic turn for A/W 2013. Gone are the vibrant flower hues of S/S 2013, and instead we are left with jewel-like tones in purple and burgundy, as seen on catwalks such as Erdem and Christopher Kane. These designers teamed floral applique with sheer fabrics and velvet, giving it an interesting revival and the ability to make some impact during the cold winter months.
2. Gothic Glamour
Erdem also used floral applique to showcase another key trend, in the form of gothic glamour. This trend will very much be in full force this season, after a dominant presence on other catwalks such as Jonathan Saunders and Meadham Kirchoff, with black being one of the key colours in the palette. The way Erdem used lace, chiffon and ruffles to project this trend made the models look like glitzier versions of Morticia from the Addams family. It’s time to embrace the dark side!
3. Heritage Chic
Countryside chic is one of the most recurrent trends of A/W. However, this time it gets given a Scottish twist! Tartan was everywhere on the catwalks and is currently everywhere on the blogosphere. If you invest in nothing else for this A/W, invest in some tartan. This, coupled with fur trims a la Mulberry, will make you want to start doing the Highland Fling in no time!
4. Mixed Texture
As mentioned previously, textures are an ongoing trend this A/W; but - not just any old textures – mixed textures! It might initially sound bizarre to try and mix pleather and fur in the same outfit, or leather and a sequinned skirt, but get used to it! All of the designers were doing it on the A/W catwalks, including Topshop Unique and Erdem. Satin, tweed, lace and lame fabrics were also crossed over to produce outfits that stood out from the rest and made the ultimate statement.
Now, we all fell in love with the burgundy colour trend last A/W, and I’m happy to announce that it’s here to stay this A/W! Burberry showcased midi skirts and shirts in all different kinds of berry tones which lifted their camel, black and nude colour palette. So dig out any burgundy that you bought last year hiding at the back of your wardrobe and wear it loud and proud!
6. Animal Print
Speaking of Burberry – their giraffe trench coat was a standout piece on their catwalk, as well as the leopard print body worn by Cara Delevingne under a latex skirt. These garments triggered off the animal print trend once again for A/W 2013. Tom Ford also illustrated this trend through numerous animal print coats trimmed with fur.
7. Structured Silhouettes
Shape was very much apparent on catwalks for A/W. Oversized shoulders and sharp hemlines at Topshop Unique gave a nod to the power dressing of the 80’s. Then full, rounded skirts at John Rocha were reminiscent of the ladylike 50’s trend. There was even masculine tailoring, in the form of suiting, which brought a hint of androgyny to the proceedings. Whichever way you decide to go, give it some structure!
8. Shiny Show
The amount of glamour and maximalism apparent on the catwalks this A/W made the clothes feel even more premium than usual! Lame fabrics, in the form of sparkle and patent, gave a futuristic feel to Topshop Unique’s collection and it was all about shimmer over at May Katrantzou. The message was: don’t be afraid to be dramatic this A/W!
9. Winter Pastels
Ice cream shades have been one of my favourite colour trends of S/S 2013, and I would have been sad if I had to say goodbye to them soon. Luckily, I don’t! The likes of Mulberry, Moschino Cheap & Chic and Simone Rocha showcased them aplenty at the London shows, in a mixture of powdery and sour shades. Scrummy!
Another key colour trend of A/W 2013 is red. There was a number of different vibrant shades visible on the catwalks, but the most popular shade was blood red. It was loud, it was daring and it was dangerous – but it worked! There was also a beautiful orangey-red hue shown at Topshop Unique. It just proves that now’s the perfect time to see red!
(What do you think to the new season’s trends? Which ones will you be wearing? Katie-xo)