What we all especially love about every new season is that it unveils new gorgeous fashion trends and breathes freshness and liveliness into our wardrobes. Judging by the fashion shows of the world-famous brands’ collections showcased in New York, London, Milan and Paris, the upcoming spring/ summer 2013 fashion trends bring a dizzying variety of stunning fashion pieces and interesting ideas worthy of any sophisticated fashionista’s wardrobe. From the romance of the past and the future, safaris and sports to femininity, elegance and sexuality, the fashion trends for spring/ summer 2013 promise to be bright and sharp, so that everyone is able to find something alluring for their personal style. So let’s go ahead and take a sneak peek at the hottest trends to come!
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #1: Vintage Trend: Retro style continues to march triumphantly on the biggest catwalks. Retro is again back to fashion and is reflected through flirty bra-tops, vintage jeans in the style of ‘90s and black and white prints. This year, vintage fashion fans can still dive into the gorgeous style familiar to us from the popular movies of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Chanel and many other fashion giants have expressed their love to the vintage trend in their collections through alluring silhouettes, patterns and attributes quite typical of the past.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #2: Geometric Trend: Anyone, who missed school geometry lessons, can now enhance their knowledge with the help of the trend of geometric prints. Checks, zigzag and diamond prints, polka dots, stripes and more complex geometric patterns adorn many pieces in most of the designer collections of the new season. Geometric prints are bold and eye-catching this season and come in various colors, such as red, yellow, blue, green, black or white. This season, big fans of the geometric prints are Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Chanel and many others. Marc Jacobs’ collection is literally drenched in colorful stripes of various widths and forms, both large and small, vertical and horizontal, made in the classic color combinations of white, black and burgundy (Read How to Wear Stripes).
Of special interest is not only the geometric print, but also geometric lines, silhouettes that many fashion designers have used in their collections. For example, Gucci brings head to toe sliding dresses that feature ruffles on the necks and sleeves. Louis Vutton gives preference to straight lines not only for creating clothes, but also accessories, such as shoes and bags. Viktor & Rolf and A. Detacher bring amazing pieces with intricate drapery, while Versace boosts sexiness while keeping to minimal lines by adding open cutouts to the dresses.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #3: Tuxedo Dress: An interesting innovation of the new spring/ summer 2013 season is the trend of suite-dresses or tuxedo dresses brought by Christian Dior. The trend looks ultimately formal and sexy at the same time and will appeal especially to businesswomen, who love to look feminine and fashionable at the office without breaking the dress code.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #4: Asymmetrical Trend: Asymmetry with a nice twist is still a huge hit in the spring/ summer 2013 season thanks to Christian Dior, Aganovich and others. This year, asymmetry is reflected by a piece of fabric hanging out from one side of a dress or a skirt, rather than some asymmetrical cutouts (Read How to Wear Asymmetrical Skirts).
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #5: Floral Prints: Oh, those sweet floral prints! They seem to not have the intention to go out of style and we are so happy for this. This warm season, lovely sweethearts still have the chance to enjoy the trend of floral prints. Especially amazing is the trend of floral printed belted dresses. For floral inspiration, look to Blugirl or Ralph Lauren this season.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #6: Collarless Blouses: While those lovely Peter Pan collars and V-necks will still be very trend in the new season, there is also another stylish addition: slash neck tees and collarless blouses. Whether high-necked or soft and plunging, collarless and slash neck blouses look really sophisticated and simple. Hermes, Diane von Furstenberg and Desigual are some of the brands that have used this trend in their collections.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #7: Color Block: So if you loved playing with colors last spring and summer season, you’d definitely still want to experiment with bold or soft pastel color blocking. Color blocking trend is still a hit in the new season and has found its special place in the collections of such designers, as Burberry Prorsum, Diane von Furstenberg, Hermes and others (Read How to Colorblock).
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #8: Short Shorts: Swimsuit style sexy short shorts are extremely trendy this year. Many designers have used this trend in their collections, among them being Burberry Prorsum, Versace, DKNY, Hermes, Dolce & Gabbana and others. Surely this trend is for girls with flawless body shapes, long and beautiful legs. Otherwise, it would look vulgar and unflattering on you.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #9: Crop Tops and Bra Tops: Sexy midriff exposing crop tops and bra tops invaded into fashion last year and became a super-hot trend. Lovely short tops are still in style this warm season. For inspiration, look to Balenciaga, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Alberta Ferretti, Richard Chai, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu and many other renowned designers (Read How to Wear Crop Tops).
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #10: Peplum and Ruffles: Sweet ruffles and lovely peplum seem not to want to go out of style. This year, they become even trendier and more spectacular appearing on dresses, skirts, blouses and other pieces. Ruffles appear on the sleeves of blouses, on skirts and dresses giving more volume to the entire image, while peplum keeps on appearing on feminine dresses, blazers, blouses, skirts and more. The biggest fans of peplum and ruffles this year are Balenciaga, Alexadner McQueen, Gucci, Nicole Miller, Monique Lhuillier and others. Undoubtedly, all these frills and flounces look super-feminine and sophisticated, yet they aren’t for everybody (Read How to Wear Peplum).
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #11: Unexpected Cuts: Unexpected cutouts are a spicy trend this summer. By the way, they can settle down on the chest, stomach, hips or the back. Roberto Cavalli has used cut-outs in the shape of butterflies on the dresses, while Michael Kors decorated the evening dresses with V-neck cutouts. Alexander Wang opted for bolder and sexier cuts, and exposed lots of skin by putting geometric cutouts on the dresses.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #12: Oriental Trend: Oriental prints and vibes came as a new fresh trend this cold season and they get flawlessly transferred into the spring/ summer 2013 season too. Asian motifs are reflected in Japanese folklore this warm season. Various designers showed numerous options of the popular kimono in their collections during the fashion week. The most beautiful collection of the Japanese style was showcased by Etro. Dresses and tunics were cut in the style of kimono and expensive silk was adorned with oriental patterns. Other designers that used the oriental trend in their collections are Frida Giannini, Fausto Puglisi, Gucci and others.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #13: Metallic Colors and Fabrics: Last spring designers paid much attention to gold and silver shades and fabrics, and this year they have expanded the range of sparkling colors and shining fabrics by presenting various clothing pieces and accessories in different colors with a metallic sheen. The strict black and gray metallic dresses from Salvatore Ferragamo will appeal to modern business ladies, while those looking for sexy and spectacular pieces can pick a bustier, bodysuits and blouses made of metalized fabrics from Jean Paul Gaultier. DKNY brings lovely silver skirts and jackets, Alberta Ferretti offers long restrained jackets and trousers in light blue hues with a metallic sheen, while Burberry Prorsum has the most complex line of clothes with green, purple, yellow, pink, silver, blue and gold metallic finishes. On the other hand, Versace added high sheen to the gorgeous dresses by using golden fringe details.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #14: Black and White Classics: No season can go without the timeless color combination of black and white. Elie Saab, Roberto Cavalli, Andrew Gn and Issey Miyake are some of the designers, who made the black and white color combo a great hit for the new spring/ summer 2013 season too.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #15: Super-Mini Trend: The trend of miniskirts and mini dresses is back to let you show off your slender legs. Despite their super-short length, there isn’t any single item that displays vulgarism in the designers’ collections. Complemented by bows, ruffles, drapes and other feminine details, these pieces look maximum girlish and cute. Baby-doll dresses and miniskirts were showcased at the fashion week by Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Dsquared2, Hermes, Marc Jacobs and others.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #16: Maxi Trend: We love maxi so much that can hardly imagine any season without this stylish trend. Well, our favorite designers give us the chance to enjoy the trend this season too. For maxi dresses and maxi skirts, look to Christian Dior, who brings much textured maxi skirts, Andrew Gn, Ralph Lauren, Etro, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and others (Read How to Wear Maxi Skirts).
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #17: Leather Trend: Timeless and elegant leather is again a huge trend in the new warm season. Designers have created lather dresses, leather skirts, shorts, blouses and other pieces not only in the traditional shades of leather, but also brighter colors. Oscar de la Renta has used lots of latex instead of leather in his collection, this way also making the latex trend a big hit. Burberry Prorsum, Hermes and Dsquared2 have presented the most beautiful collections of leather clothing pieces (Read How to Wear Leather).
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #18: Denim Trend: Our favorite denim is again trendy in spring/ summer 2013. The most fashionable denim item is a pair of slightly baggy light jeans. Denim has found its place in the collections of Dsquared2, Rebecca Taylor, See by Chloé and 3.1 Phillip Lim (Read How to Wear Jeans).
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #19: Bright Colors: As natural as that may be, the new warm season too brings lots of bright colors with it. Thanks to Karl Lagerfeld, Elie Saab, Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Cedric Charlier, J. Mendel and many others, this spring/ summer 2013 season you have the chance to experiment with eye-popping shades of eclectic blue, red, multiple shades of yellow, green, pink, orange, purple and other colors. There are both monochrome pieces and color-blocked ones, but also boldly printed colorful designs worthy trying (Read How to Wear Red).
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #20: Pastel Colors: The sweet tendency of pastel colors is still actual in the new sunny season. From mint green (Read How to Wear Mint Green) and sugary pink to lovely yellow and baby blue tones, pastel hues were present at the fashion week. Some of the best pastel style illustrations can be found in the collections of Mulberry and Carolina Herrera (Read How to Wear Pastels).
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #21: Animal Prints: Next to geometric checks, stripes, polka dots and romantic floral prints, animal prints and patterns are still on in the new season. Of course, the best animal printed pieces can be found in the summer collections of Roberto Cavalli, but also Gucci and others (Read How to Wear Animal Prints).
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #22: Bejeweled Clothing: Glittery rhinestones are on the height of fashion this warm season. Many clothing pieces come decorated with jewels, becoming ideal options for special occasions. If you want to transfer the trend to street, play with smaller pieces, such as a bejeweled belt or collar. Bejeweled clothing was showcased at Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Creatures of the Wind, J.Crew, Rachel Comey and others.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #23: Baroque Trend: After its extreme success throughout the cold season, the Victorian fashion trend keeps its positions in the spring 2013 too thanks to Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen and others. Unlike the cold season, now the baroque trend gets a lighter approach and is expressed mainly through fine lace, Victorian prints, elegant ornaments and shapes typical of the Victorian era (Read How to Wear Baroque Clothing).
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #24: Lace, Macramé and “Paper” Cuts: Lace has been a big favorite on the runways for a few seasons already, and this sophisticated, ladylike fabric is still a great hit in the new warm season. In addition to delicate lace, sexy and attractive macramé and “paper” patterns and cutouts, such as paper snowflakes, come to make casual and special occasion clothing pieces more attractive and exclusively feminine. For inspiration, check the new season collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Blugirl, Vera Wang, Elie Saab, Band of Outfitters, Jason Wu, Normal Kameli, Vivienne Tam and others.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #25: Low Waistline: The trend of low waistline that began last year is still on trend now. This spring/ summer 2013, the trend gets a slight update and appears on voluminous skirts and dresses. Such designs can be found at Vera Wang, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Prabal Gurung and others.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #26: Transparency: Showing a little skin without baring it talks about hidden sexuality and mystery. Transparent dresses, skirts, blouses, tops, coats, capes, and even parts of footwear and bags are characteristic elements of the spring/ summer 2013 fashion. The trend of transparency is beautifully presented by Emilio Pucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain, Chloé, Nina Ricci and others.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #27: Military and Safari: The army trend, which was trendy last summer too, still maintains its popularity in the spring/ summer 2013 fashion season. As a fresh update, safari trend comes to support the military one, remotely resembling the British colonial army uniforms. The safari trend caught the attention of Emilio Pucci, Kenzo, Max Mara, etc.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #28: Femininity and Elegance: In the spring/ summer 2013 season femininity and elegance are manifested in clothing in the retro style of the ‘50s with a highly accentuated waistline. Dresses, skirts, blouses and fitted jackets deliver incredibly feminine images in the collections of Zac Posen, Christian Dior, Vera Wang, etc. Bottega Veneta, Burberry Prorsum and others have given preference to the ‘40s elegance. Fancy midi dresses and skirts in the style of the ‘70s are also consistent with the trend.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #29: Strapless Dresses: Trying to focus more on a woman’s fragility and sexuality, most of the designers opted for strapless designs, whether it’s a dress or a blouse. Apparently, strapless pieces are going to enjoy a great popularity in the new season to come and this is thanks to Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Monique Lhuillier, etc.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #30: Futurism: Unusual, futuristic costume designs featuring new materials are an integral part of the modern fashion world. Futurism as a trend was shown by Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, etc. Diane von Furstenberg created futuristic eyewear, rather than clothing pieces.
Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trend #31: Androgynous Trend: Masculine fashion is still very trendy in the new warm season, so fans of the androgynous trend can still borrow from their men. The androgynous trend was expressed in the collections of such fashion houses, as Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior, Céline and others.
Apart from the enumerated trends, the new warm season also brings the trend of layering, the trend of statement trousers, fringes, the trend of pure whites and timeless blacks and more. The spring/ summer 2013 fashion trends are so varied and fabulous that even the most capricious fashioniser is sure to feel pleased in the new season.
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