Trend Predictions: Spring/Summer 2013, Part 1


One of my most popular posts is my two part S/S 2011 Trend Predictions post (Part 1 and Part 2), so I thought I'd put together another one for Spring/Summer 2013. I compile trends from various sources around the net + my own observations and squeeze it all into one giant post to provide a quick overview of the season's current trends. So...yeah, here is one gigantic post providing an overview of S/S 2013 Fashion Trends for your perusal ^^

Part 1 (this post) will be an overview of this season's Pantone colors, clothes, and shoe trends.
Part 2 (coming soon) will be focused on makeup, hair, nail polish, and other misc trends such as accessories (bags, jewelry, sunglasses).

If you don't want to scroll through the entire post, in summary, the biggest, overall trends this season will be:

Colors: Pantone announced that emerald would be the the color of the season. It's a color I love, so rich and vibrant. It'll be nice way to add color to my predominantly black, white and gray (aka BORING) wardrobe. Curse of the corporate world :P

Credits to Toronto Life.
Clothes: These are trends I've been seeing most consistently across all fashion mags/blogs:
  • Bomber jackets are still in, graphic shirts, iridescent fabrics, florescent/neon colors, pencil skirts, all-white outfits, triangular cuts (aka peplums and tops cut to flare around the waist), stripes, cropped pants, and florals (which are in EVERY spring wtf. Spring = pastel flowers :P)

These are other trends I've been seeing floating around, but not referred to quite as much:
  • Mesh, Orient styles/Asian prints, voluminous cuts (unsurprising since peplums and flared waist tops are still in), sheers, animal prints, and tuxedo cuts.

Eras to refer to this season are the 90s (yahhh nostolgia!), 60s, and 80s. I am strangely excited about the 90s callback because that means I will finally be a fashionable creature!! In high school I was ALWAYS in sweatshirts with a t-shirt peeking out, baggy jeans, sandals (upgraded to chucks in senior year), and a messy bun. God, I was so cool.

Would die happy wearing those Emilio Pucci wedges.

According to Million Looks' awesome post, this season is gonna be all about:
  • Metallics, chunky heels, transparent heels/straps, strappy boots, pointed shoes and reptile and crazy prints.
  • A lot of focus will be on making these chunky heels super unique with odd patterns, unusual materials, crazy colors, and strange cuts. I ADORE heels with psychotic architectural details so I am very excited about this trend!

So that was my quick and dirty recap of Part 1, but for more pictures of each style, keep reading :)

Fashion Trendsetter's Color Predictions

Here is Fashion Trendsetter's GORGEOUS graphic illustrating this season's 'it' colors:

Emerald is apparently the color of the season. I'm more keen on the "Grayed Jade" aka mint, but I'm coo' with Emerald too ;) Fashion Trendsetter also made these really pretty color sets for inspiration ^_^ This is pretty applicable to makeup and I am totally keen on REVELATION for nude, natural everyday looks and TRANSGRESSION for nails and when I feel feisty ;)

As I said, I imagine that makeup and nails will follow similar color palettes this year, but I'll cover that in Part 2.

Glamour Magazine's Fashion Predictions

Glamour Magazine's predictions for S/S 2013 are....

As seen at: Mary Katrantzou

Get Graphic

How to wear: Go bold or go home. Whether you prefer trompe l'oeil, like Mary Katrantzou's stamp and banknote-inspired designs, or symmetrical swirls, as referenced by Holly Fulton, keep accessories to a minimum and let the print shine.

As seen at: Jonathan Saunders

Sheen Queen

How to wear: The trick to iridescent fabrics is to ground them with a simple neutral hue by day and a bold, solid colour by night.

As seen at: Erdem

Pencils At The Ready

How to wear: Ladylike and demure or sexy and sophisticated, the pencil skirt is fashion gold. This season it takes centre stage in clashing colourways and on-trend patterns.

As seen at: House of Holland

Fluorescent Fashion

How to wear: Another trend sure to put off minimalists: neon. Soften punchy pink or loud lemon with a sheer blouse for a delicate effect. Or, embrace this statement-making rainbow and go tone-on-tone with structural separates.

As seen at: Loewe

Bomber Redux

How to wear: Don't count out leather for spring. The bomber is back with a modern fix: curved around the shoulders with added volume, or cropped short and chic.

As seen at: Ashish

90s Nostalgia

How to wear: Unpack your baggy jeans, high-waisted trousers and slip dresses, it's the return of the decade that brought us grunge - with a shiny twist, of course. Smells like teen spirit, then!

As seen at: Prabal Gurung

White Out

How to wear: At the other end of the spectrum is a spring/summer staple: white. Layer on fluid silhouettes for a draped effect or keep it clean with crisp separates.

As seen at: Chloe

Bermuda Triangle

How to wear: With loose-fitting Bermudas, the key to sartorial success is proportion: oversized layers can look messy.

As seen at: Louis Vuitton

Sexy 60s

How to wear: Retro has never looked so good. Flower power takes a decidedly more mature turn in the form of appliqué and Broderie Anglaise. As for the shift dress, the hem is higher and the print zanier than ever before.

As seen it: Oscar de la Renta

Candy Stripers

How to wear: Vertical, horizontal or diagonal, there's no way to avoid stripes for spring. Feeling adventurous? Break away from black and white and try cherry, navy and grass-green lines this season.

Vogue's Fashion Predictions

Here is Vogue's giant A-to-Z article of their predictions. I posted the "biggest"/general trends (imho) below. If you want to see the full list, just go to the article I linked above. Vogue also put together a much more digestible 15 Trends of S/S 2013 Slideshow you can check out as well.

As seen at: Christopher Kane

B is for Bombers: They were the jacket style of choice this season – who didn't have at least one in their collection? The most beautiful and elegant came courtesy of Loewe (all embossed with roses or bejewelled with giant flowers), while Jonathan Saunders made them metallic, Erdem kept them sweet, and Chanel, Stella McCartney, Antipodium and Zoe Jordan kept them sporty and simple.

As seen at: Alexander McQueen

C is for Cropped: Come spring/summer 2013, it's time to think short. Balenciaga and Chanel were among those that showed us how to do cropped jackets (with a ruffled skirt at the former and a neat little shift beneath at the latter), while Alexander McQueen showed us why cropped trousers are the way forward: to show off those scythe shoes.

As seen at: Philip Treacy

E is for Eighties Icons: Jean Paul Gaultier went back to the Eighties for a collection that celebrated all of the Eighties icons that inspired him and his clothes over the years – Sade, Boy George, Madonna and more. Olivier Rousteing at Balmain also found inspiration in Sade for a collection that drew on her look, all powerful shoulders and slicked back hair (we saw those power shoulders at Lanvin and Roland Mouret too). Elsewhere Philip Treacy paid tribute to Michael Jackson by showing his hat creations alongside a special Michael Jackson-themed wardrobe.

As seen at: Holly Fulton

F is for Flower Power: In both the Sixties hippy sense and in the floral decorative sense. At Prada and Holly Fulton we saw huge blooms decorate every surface (on furs slung over the shoulder at the former and as big 3D blooms on the latter), while at Moschino and Versus it was the fun Austen Powers-style spirit of the decade we saw rubbing off.

As seen at: Marc Jacobs

G is for Graphics: From monochrome stripes at Marc Jacobs - which really kicked off the whole thing – and Tommy Hilfiger, to plaid and grid formations at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Thom Browne, Emporio Armani, Dries Van Noten, SportMax, David Koma, Daks, Jonathan Saunders and Louis Vuitton, designers were thinking linear this season and squares and checkerboard prints were the result.

As seen at: Alberta Ferretti

I is for Iridescence: Get ready to shine next summer thanks to Alberta Ferretti, Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, Antonio Berardi, Giles, Roksanda Ilincic, Bottega Veneta, Anne Valerie Hash, Balmain, Viktor & Rolf (who were inspired by mirrors for their collection), and Louis Vuitton (where the smallest sequins ever produced were used). Embellishment isn’t just a party-season thing.

As seen at: Antonio Marras

L is for Laduree Colours: It was one of the sweetest seasons we've seen and designers in London especially were appealing to our sweet sartorial tooth with spearmint, fondant pink, violet, lemon and baby-blue shades. We saw them at Erdem, Christopher Kane, Michael Van Der Ham, Corrie Neilsen, Meadham Kirchhoff, Emilia Wickstead, Mulberry, and later Antonio Marras, Fendi, Ports 1961, Prada, Sonia Rykiel, Viktor & Rolf and Valentino.

As seen at: Alexander McQueen

M is for Mesh: To balance that sweet tooth, came mesh. It started in New York – look to Helmut Lang, Jason Wu, Tess Giberson, Catherine Malandrino – and ended up in Paris care of Celine, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen, whose bee-inspired collection came complete with honeycomb mesh fabrications, from corsets and crinolines to specially-designed jacquards.

As seen at: Proenza Schouler

N is for Neon: If it wasn't pastel pretty, it was seriously bright. Hot pink, grass green, orange and cobalt blue made the most impact when teamed with white. Simone Rocha, Erdem, Matthew Williamson, Antonio Berardi and David Koma flew the flag in London while Versus, Ports 1961, Missoni and No 21 did so in Milan. Proenza Schouler injected some colour into the proceedings in New York and Hussein Chalayan made us reach for the shades in Paris.

As seen at: Emilio Pucci

O is for Orient: Prada, Etro, Emilio Pucci, Huishan Zhang, Roland Mouret, Lanvin, John Galliano, and Ports 1961 all looked to the Orient for their inspiration – be it for obi belts, kimono styles and origami shapes or enchanting and vivid prints.

As seen at: Roland Mouret

P is for Pencil Skirts: What to wear with that bomber? A pencil skirt, clocked on almost everyone's catwalk this season too, from Oscar de la Renta and Roland Mouret to Michael Van Der Ham, Erdem, Christopher Kane, Prada and Alexander McQueen. It’s time to perfect that wiggle.

As seen at: Moschino

S is for the Sixties: This was the decade that underpinned the whole of fashion month – be it in the sci-fi sense (see Markus Lupfer, Teatum Jones, Eudon Choi, Thomas Tait, Antipodium to name but just a few), the colourful and fun sense (Moschino, Louis Vuitton, Holly Fulton), or the more sophisticated Hitchcock sense (Tom Ford, Gucci).

As seen at: Miu Miu

V is for Volume: Sleeve proportions, accentuated hips, huge cape shapes and swatches of fabric - next season is all about playing with volume and it was done best at Miu Miu where Miuccia Prada sent out coats that got bigger and bigger as they went.

As seen at: Missoni

W is for White: In Milan, shows opened with all white beginnings - see Roberto Cavalli, Emilio Pucci, Jil Sander and Missoni – and the colour, appropriately synonymous with summer, featured heavily throughout collections to make for a fresh fashion outlook. Look to Preen, Topshop, Jonathan Saunders, Lacoste, Simone Rocha, Nicole Farhi, Dion Lee, Christopher Raeburn and Sass & Bide.

As seen at: Haider Ackermann

X is for X-ray fabrics: It was all about sheer, thanks to Haider Ackermann's trailing pirate skirts, Giambattista Valli's precise underslips, the panels at Sacai and Anne Valerie Hash, and a sexier sassier new mood at Nina Ricci.

As seen at: Erdem

Z is for Zoo Animals: If models weren't being transformed into them (sea creatures at Alberta Ferretti and Roberto Cavalli), then clothes were paying tribute to them. Issa took us on a sartorial tropical journey with elephants, tigers and birds of paradise in its collection, while Kenzo took us into the jungle with its signature tiger jumper reworked as a new knit. Even Erdem embraced a wilder side with snakeskin sneaking into his super pretty collection.

Shoe Predictions

Million Looks definitely did the best compilation of S/S 2013 footwear trends. Since they very helpfully kept everything on one page (I hate clicking endlessly through galleries that are composed mostly of ads), I won't repost everything here and just finish this off with general observations:

  • In general, it'll be all about chunky heels with bold blocks of color
  • The primary focus will be on spicing up the wedge/heel with unique designs in the form of architectural details, odd patterns, crazy prints, bright colors, or transparent or mirror-like materials.
  • I've also seen lots of cowboy-esque ankle booties, oxfords, wedge sneakers, metallic flats, and fancy Toms.

Check out Part 2 for an overview on hair, makeup, nails, sunglasses, and bags.


  1. I need a shirt that says I'm serious... and wear it at work. haha! and I got so many of those raccoon tails (long story) remind me to bring you one next month!

  2. i'm most excited for sorbet colors and prints. nice blog post!

  3. I've noticed a lot of "weird" shapes on the Runway. I've never been a fan of that bomber look or the triangle shape but we'll see. I'm pretty excited for black and white (though I'm not sure that qualifies as a "new" trend), florals and bright blazers this summer. I am also pretty excited about prints and stripes. Can't wait for Part 2.

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  4. Helpful post! I love the 90's look, and that oscar de la renta striped dress is great!

    x Gi


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