The weather is starting to warm up and Spring is showing its colors. Fall Fashion Week has just ended in New York, London, Milan and Paris (post soon to come), but we wanted to take a look back at Spring 2013 Fashion Week and let you know what latest trends you should be wearing NOW! Here are our Top 6 Trends for Spring.
Black and White–Ease from the dark shade of Fall/Winter 2012 into more…black! And white, that is. One of the simplest yet boldest looks for Spring 2013 is black and white. This spring trend isn’t just found in outfit combos, but in single patterned pieces as well. American designers led the trend with Michael Kors, Philip Lim, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang and Narciso Rodriguez all showing the bold, contrasting look. The combination of dark and light is a fresh take on spring’s commonly white palette and it looked took a new spin on the often bright color blocking used during spring.
Sheer Touches– One of the most consistent 2013 fashion trends seen in almost all of the shows was a classic one for spring – sheers. Designers made it different during fashion week by showing sheer fabrics as an accent or panel, rather than doing an entire see-through piece. Reed Krakoff and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi used paneled accents for a little sexy touch while Akris and Giambattista Valli used wispy silks to add length to otherwise short dresses. Prabal Gurung went with the layered look by adding capes, tails and long sheer tops over pants and skirts. The pieces had a light an airy feel that got us excited for warmer weather.
All Ruffled Up– While they didn’t dominate entire collections, ruffles definitely had a place in many 2013 fashion shows. Oversized and full of flounce, large ruffles adorned shoulders, necklines and high cut slits at Gucci, Chloe and Balenciaga. From bold and voluminous, to smaller feminine accents like in Givenchy’s baby blue sheath and Gareth Pugh’s bold red cape, these pieces were made with a light, airy feel that is synonymous with spring clothing.
The Far East– Taking cues from Japanese kimonos, different designers used Asian influence in different ways. Dries Van Noten adapted muted Asian prints into a few of his grunge looks while Emilio Pucci used both the fabrics and silhouettes of traditional silk robes throughout his entire collection. Both the shiny textiles and vibrant patterns were a staple at shows like Etro, Aquilano Rimondi and Prada. From embroidered dragons to obi style belts, traditional Japanese attire definitely made quite a debut.
Colored Skins– Many designers took leather, a commonly black textile, and adapted it for spring in bright and powerful shades. A luscious cranberry leather jacket at Marni and blush leather coat at Miu Miu made us all swoon for feminine shades while the mustard yellow ensemble at Mulberry took unconventional colored leather to a whole new level. Texture also came into play at Hermes with their aqua blue crocodile print leather shorts and shirt. A subcategory of bright color blocked leather pieces added a more youthful touch at both the Proenza Schouler and Fendi shows.
Be Professional– Many designers put something out there for the chic career women and made the ensembles perfect for spring and summer. Short suits were a consistent theme in many of the shows and the looks had a large range in color, print and silhouette. Designers stepped away from the classic black and grey hues of colder months and gave us some fresh and fun office wear. Marissa Webb did a youthful take on tweed by accenting it with teal stripes, and Michael Kors’ classic American style gave us a great rugby look perfect for any prep. Tory Burch put out pieces in bright and fun prints and even the classic slouchy knitwear designers at Helmut Lang created something both professional and spring appropriate with a paisley printed short suit ensemble.
We saw lots of creativity and inspiration at the 2013 Spring Fashion Weeks, but these six stood out to us at the top trends for spring. Intense runway looks don’t mean that you can’t rock them your own way! Wear all black and white separates (which you probably already own, by the way) for an look that will always match, or layer sheer clothing over a basic outfit to create layers appropriate for spring fashion. A ruffled blouse or skirt should be worn with slim pants or a top so you don’t get overwhelmed, or pair a kimono style to with slim black pants for your next ladies night. We love the colored leather trend, but if you are not feeling bold try adding it into your look with a purple or blue leather bag. If you work in a casual office, a short suit is the perfect way to go from work to cocktails or dinner. Wear it with a light blouse so you can button up during the day and remove your jacket at night. Pretty much any look you like can be adapted to your own personal style. Spring is the perfect time for a wardrobe makeover, so pack up those heavy coats and get ready for some freshness.