A/W 13 Trend Report

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 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

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

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

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.

5. Burgundy

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

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

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

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

9. Winter

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!

 10. Red

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)

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