We dare to state that hardly anyone is looking forward to the fall and winter seasons, while warm days are around and you start making plans and dreams for an ideal vacation on he beach. Yet, there is something nice and exciting for the new fall/ winter 2013-2014 season: it will bring us new fashion trends and will resurrect the old forgotten ones, which always come like a breath of fresh air. Retro and military styles, fur and leather, fine lace and clean minimalism, sharp lines and original cuts… The fall/ winter 2013-104 fashion trends are bright, practical and extremely wearable. A lot of attractive outfits were demonstrated in the major fashion capitals in February, making us lust for a little fall coolness to be able to sport them and show off our personality-filled style! Find out the hottest fall/ winter 2013-2014 fashion trends and get another reason to look forward to the chilly months!
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #1: Retro Trend: The biggest tendency of the new cold season is a return to the basics. Like almost any season, fall 2013 also brings retro touches with it. And by saying retro, we understand the comeback of the 1940s fashion and the 1990s.
Although nineties may not seem so much retro, it’s a fact that what was considered trendy 15-20 years ago looks hopelessly out of date now. Still nineties come back to fashion, bringing voluminous dresses and jackets, layered ensembles of dresses and pants, slightly carelessly cut relaxed outfits, knitted hats and backpacks.
However, the designers didn’t only remember the nineties this season. They went so far, reaching the 1940s and reinterpreting rounded hips, nipped waists, lowered necklines and soft shoulders in their new designs. From Prada, Oscar de la Renta, Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Carolina Herrera to Christian Dior, Jonathan Saunders, Tom Ford and Marc by Marc Jacobs, some of the leading fashion designers pictured the forties in their fall collections, proving that everything new is the well-forgotten old.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #2: Baroque Trend and the Palace Chic: At the peak of luxury and all-things-modern, designers don’t forget about the classics, bringing not only the retro trend, but also the refined Baroque style and the Palace Chic with all the opulence and elegance. The deep colors of the Baroque style and the rich fabrics, such as velvet, satin, brocade and silk, are still a hit this fall. Exquisite palace chic romanticism is present in most of the fall collections, bringing tapestries, luxurious gold embroidery, fine lace and printed patterns in the form of fragments or even entire paintings of the famous masters of the Renaissance. This refined style requires a sophisticated silhouette, and this fall it is expressed in soft draperies, interesting textures, pleats, voluminous sleeves and massive jewelry. Alberta Ferretti and Chanel are some of the brands that bring this opulent trend for fall 2013.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #3: Safari and Military Trend: Like almost any season, this fall too safari and military touches hold a firm position. The main style eduction is silhouette embracing sleek proportions that underline a woman’s slimness. The caller sexuality comes hidden under straight-leg trousers, extra-long sleeves and high necks. Lots of camouflage prints, khaki touches and mountain ranger styles bring the “security” military trend in the collections of Fendi, Michael Kors, Alexander Wang and Christopher Kane. Moreover, this fall, camouflage prints don’t ask material and appear even on fur.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #4: Grunge Trend: Mixing punk, rock and heavy metal touches, designers got the non-conformist style of the ‘80s grunge fashion trend for the new fall season, which stands out with lots of black and dark colors, studded leather, latex, mesh stockings and plaid shirts. Emilio Pucci, Rodarte, Vivienne Westwood and Saint Laurent are some of the designers, who used this rebellious style in their collections.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #5: Tomboy Trend: Borrowing from boys is always actual in fashion, especially when you manage to combine it with feminine pieces for a maximum impact. The feminine-masculine style is a big hit this fall too, bringing sleeveless blazers, oversized blouses, high-waisted pants tucked into the boots and black caps. For inspiration, look to Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani and Comme des Garçons. Maison Martin Margiela, Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood brought masculine touches through tailored boyfriends’ suits, mostly pin-striped and oversized.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #6: Black and White Monochrome: It’s impossible to ever get tired of the monochrome black or white looks, and it’s definitely impossible to imagine any single season without this modest, yet totally chic trend. Whether you prefer a crisp white look or a bit milky white one, white is definitely the protagonist of the fall 2013 fashion trends, alongside timeless black. There were looks in totally white, milky white or black, or ones mixing them. White and black played a great role in the collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Céline, Nina Ricci, Valentino and others.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #7: Leather and Reptile Skins: For yet another season leather and reptile skins come to be a leading trend. This season, however, a head-to-toe crocodile look is the winner. Some designers, like Hermès and Prada, used the natural color of crocodile skin, while others brought the trend of pastel colored crocodile skin clothing. Crocodile skin was used a lot in the collections of Louis Vuitton, Burberry Prorsum, Diane von Furstenberg, Jean Paul Gaultier and many others.
Patent leather is also a big hit this cold season. It was spotted at Versace, Burberry Prorsum, Topshop Unique and Jonathan Saunders. Besides the ordinary form of latex, transparent latex also comes to be a provocative trend for fall 2013. It was especially used for creating dresses, trench coats and raincoats. Lacoste, Burberry Prorsum and Felder and Felder are some of the designers, who brought the trend of transparent latex.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #8: Fur Trend and Feathers: Fur is a must-have in every fashioniser’s wardrobe this season. The fur trend is interpreted in a myriad of ways this year, from graphically combined monochrome black and white fur as seen at Michael Kors, Altuzarra and Valentino to the exotic furs in fluorescent colors with grunge and disco vibes, as shown in the collections of Fendi, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Kenzo, Gucci and others.
Besides fur, lots of feathers were also used as couture embellishments. Precisely ostrich feathers come to be a huge fall/ winter 2013-2014 fashion trend. They were used both in luxurious gowns and separates, as well as outerwear. Some of the designers that showed their love for ostrich feathers are Vivienne Westwood, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Louis Vuitton, Erdem and Proenza Schouler.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #9: Tweed Trend: Traditionally known as a masculine material, tweed radiates elegance and is used in a myriad of forms this fall. Provocative and sexual total tweed looks are a great fall 2013 trend. You can get inspired from the fall collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Chanel and Haider Ackermann.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #10: Tartan and Stripes: Geometric prints still reign in the fall/ winter 2013-2014 season. From red plaid to blue, black or green cells, this season a generous amount of clothing pieces come printed with Scottish tartan. Some designers, such as Céline, Lanvin, Prada, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace opted for the traditional cells, while others gave preference to more modest stripes.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #11: Mohair Trend: Mohair had a popularity back in 1980s, when almost every woman strived to have a mohair scarf. However, its popularity had a very short life, as after that it was considered something outdated. This fall, mohair is making a huge comeback, appearing on almost anything, from sweaters and dresses to even coats or pants. This cool alternative to fur with a blurry effect was used in the collections of Céline, Emporio Armani, Sonia Rykiel, Balmain, Alexander Wang, Louis Vuitton and others.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #12: Deep Cleavage: Although in fall, we all tend to wrap up in layers, this year deep cleavages are very trendy. Imagine wearing those 40’s style tight belted coats or dresses with no cleavage open! You’ll look like a strict teacher! For this, Miu Miu, Prada, Louis Vuitton and others brought the trend of deep cuts, opening the shoulders and the chest.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #13: Oversized Shoulders: If any part of the body comes in exaggerated dimensions this fall, it’s definitely shoulders. Almost half of the jackets and coats demonstrated during the Fashion Week come with oversized, bulky shoulders. This trick skillfully softens winter silhouettes. For inspiration, check out the fall collections of Balenciaga, Gucci, Kenzo, Proenza Schouler, Lacoste and others.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #14: Turtlenecks: Slim-fitting sweaters with a high neck, known as turtlenecks are the new fall 2013 season’s wardrobe must haves. This year, they come paired with skirts and trousers, as well as worn under dresses with a plunging neckline. You can consider turtleneck options in the collections of Issa, Temperley London, Matthew Williamson and others.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #15: Metallic Trend: Shiny metallic colors, metallic fabrics and details flawlessly get transferred from the warm season to fall 2013. This fall, designers force us to shine not only in the traditional gold and silver, but also all the other rainbow shades, like glittering blue or purple. Metallic hues were used in the collections of Marc Jacobs and Milly.
Besides metallic colors and fabrics, the fall 2013 fashion trends also bring metallic mesh, which is actually a medieval trend. Some designers used metallic mesh for creating entire blouses or jumpsuits, while others used some small strips of it on dresses, delicately revealing woman’s legs, hips, chest or shoulders. The trend of metallic mesh was used in the fall collections of Chloé, Paco Rabanne, Anthony Vaccarello and others.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #16: Broadtail Trend: Since fall is all about coats and heavy fabrics, this year, fashion designers tried to bring many beautiful alternatives to fur. Thus, we have the modest and noble fabric of broadtail, which is used for creating elegant coats and dresses in various shades, both timeless grays and pastel pinks. Christian Dior, Miu Miu and Lanvin are some of the designers, who used broadtail in their collections.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #17: Trend of Transparency: No need to get lost in layers this fall, as far as there is the trend of transparency. Transparent latex and lace have been used a lot to reveal modestly a little of the chest, sleeves or legs. Alberta Ferreti displayed beautiful interpretations of the trend of transparency.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #18: Laser Cut Clothing: The modern tailoring technologies bring forward gorgeous trends with them, including the laser cut clothing trend, which is popular in fall 2013 too. Proenza Schouler, Balenciaga, Carven and Versace are some of the designers to look to for inspiration!
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #19: Animal Prints: Animal prints are an inexhaustible topic, a trend that is definitely timeless, at least as far as the Roberto Cavalli brand exists. For fall 2013, leopard patterns and snakeskin prints have been widely used by Angelo Marani, Burberry Prorsum and, of course, Just Cavalli.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #20: Youthful Prints: Besides geometrics and animal patterns, fall 2013 fashion trends also bring the trend of heart prints, florals, polka dots, star patterns and even cartoon prints, such as those of Bambi. Such prints can be found in the fall collections of Burberry Prorsum, Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Givenchy, Kenzo and others.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Trend #21: Rich Colors: Various shades of blue, especially dark aquamarine, navy blue and cobalt blue, as well as red, purple, emerald green, mustard and pastel colors are big fall/ winter 2013-2014 fashion trends. Check out the fall 2013 collections of Alberta Ferretti, Marc Jacobs, Nina Ricci, Calvin Klein and others for inspiration!
If not the shoe trends, bag trends, color and print trends of the fall 2013 season, the fall/ winter 2013-2014 fashion trends are already enough to fall in love with the gloomy days and count the days until being able to sport them. Meanwhile enjoy the warmness of the summer months and slowly prepare your wardrobe for the new trends!
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