Fashion Week was unanimous: Summer 2013 will be striped. Whether skinny or fat, minimal or psychedelic, stripes every which way produced graphic silhouettes on the catwalk. Color-wise, black featured heavily, with white at Balmain and Dolce & Gabbana, or clashing red and green at Michael Kors, and again at Dolce & Gabbana.
Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain and Marc Jacobs
From the Roaring Twenties Charleston dresses, to 1970s disco dancing queens, fringe-accenting is making a comeback for Spring/Summer 2013. It’s out with the leather cowgirl tassels of Fall/Winter 2012-2013 and in with delicate, sleek trims that will sway with you long into the night.
Nina Ricci, Bottega Veneta and Versace
Gold shines bright for Summer, as next season’s jackets, dresses and pants are sprinkled with shimmering metallic sequins. The sexy mirror effect looks set to heat up the dance floor when the glitterball gets going.
Fendi, Saint Laurent and Ralph Lauren
Fashion goes back to Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s 1950s polka dot dress, evoking a highly feminine delicacy and sophistication next Summer. The classic black and white polka dot duet is the ultimate detail for a discreet contrast in a minimalist look with an elegant edge.
Giorgio Armani, Chanel and Haider Ackermann
From nude pleats at Valentino and discreet folds at Stella McCartney to voluminous, flowing crepe at Chloé, pleated fabric is one of Summer 2013′s stand-out trends. Long seen as a good-girl style, delicate folds are gaining fashion ground in all their sheer, feminine glory on next season’s runway.
Chloé, Stella McCartney and Rochas
As seen on the runway at Burberry, Christian Dior and John Paul Gaultier, shimmering metallics set the tone for next summer. A dazzling trend spotted on trenches at Burberry, bustier dresses at Dior and slip dresses at John Paul Gualtier.
Burberry, Christian Dior and Jean Paul Gaultier
Designers are taking us on a safari-style adventure next season, where we’ll be in hot pursuit of fierce beige and khaki prints for both day and night, the countryside or the urban jungle.
Emporio Armani, Kenzo and MaxMara
With designers adorning their pieces with concertina pleats, the ruffles trend juxtaposes next season’s sharp rectangular silhouette, creating a super sensual effect. Next Spring/Summer ruffles will be fluttering about the neckline, waist and cuffs, as seen at Gucci, Givenchy and Chloé.
Chloé, Gucci and Givenchy
Masculine/feminine androgyny continues to inspire designers, and we certainly haven’t seen the last of the tuxedo. A classic trend revisited on the runway in black and sometimes in white, for a Newton-like silhouette.
Lanvin, Christian Dior and Céline
Traditional Eastern prints are given a Western spin next season, with hints of Hanoi, Beijing and Tokyo coming through in Asian-inspired collections. Discover fire dragon, lotus flower, peony and hibiscus motifs in prints which hail from the other side of the world.
Etro, Emilio Pucci and Prada
Backstage at Louis Vuitton, designer Marc Jacobs told us that he had been inspired by the columns in the work of French artist Daniel Buren for his Spring/Summer 2013 collection. This highly graphic look also popped up on Balmain’s Harlequins and in a mind-bending optical illusion for Marc Jacobs own collection.
Marc Jacobs, Balmain and Louis Vuitton
Spring/Summer 2013 will be best viewed in glorious Technicolor. During Fashion Week, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and Moschino all paid tribute to Sixties girls like Twiggy, Françoise Hardy and Jane Birkin with mini-skirts, A-line dresses, graphic checks, patent Mary Janes and delicate motifs worked in bright colors. Pop pieces for a fresh, bold look.