Fashion week is here again! Yep, it's that time of year when my twitter feed is awash with show reports, street style and of course the obligatory, "What did 'insert name of celeb here' wear to 'insert name of fashion show'" posts. While this makes it phenomenally harder for me to find my dose of @EmergencyPuppy's posts (my main use for twitter these days with deadlines coming up), a great way to spend my evenings is reading show reports and passing judgement over New York, London, Paris and Milan's top designers while sat in my pajamas, eating chocolate and crying over the fact I didn't get a press pass this year.
So! As NYFW starts it off this week, I thought I'd recap over what Fashion Week brought us for S/S13, and my three favorite spring trends.
Marc Jacobs kicked things off in New York, with monochrome stripes, parallel lines, and graphic prints reminiscent of optical illusions that actually hurt my eyes to look at them for too long. In London we saw them coloured on shirt dresses and worked onto trouser-suits at Paul Smith. There were panelled stripes at Veronique Branquinho in Paris, and finally, they had a retro-feel in Milan, seen at Moschino Cheap and Chic. Stripes topped the list of trends across the globe during fashion week, horizontal, vertical, diagonal, you name it - If it’s got a stripe on it, you’ll be bang on trend, and if it’s black and white, even better.
This is one of the easiest trends to work over spring, as it can be as simple as a striped top over jeans. For the more daring, horizontally striped trousers are a bold way to wear it, and add inches to your height at the same time. Motel have a great pair that I am currently lusting over! Just be careful not to go too far with the mono colour palette, or you’ll look more Cruella de Ville than Cheap and Chic.
Dip-dye has been slowly making its way into our wardrobes (and our hair) for a few seasons now, and it’s going to stick around for spring. Dying had a large presence on the catwalk last Fashion Week. London favourite House of Holland featured dip-dyed prom dresses teamed with tie-dyed blazers that had a home-made, grunge feel about them that reminded me of the 90’s. Burberry Prorsum showed subtle ombre dyed pink and blue structured coats, whilst in Milan the clothes had an exotic look to them, we saw tie-dying at Versace, on colourful evening wrap dresses.
This is a trend that can be cheaply achieved (yay!), with a packet of clothes dye and any old clothes that perhaps need a bit of a this-season update – I plan on dying a few old dresses that have been at the back of my wardrobe since the dawn of time.
For a tie-dye effect, bunch up your chosen fabric together with elastic bands before dying it; and for an ombre look, dip the bottom of your garment quickly into a bowl of dye, and then let the ends soak in it for about half an hour. I posted a DIYbleached demin guide way back in the day that can be adapted to dip dye!
There was a stunning display of bold prints across the globe during fashion week. In London Louise Gray showcased a cartoon-like collection with graphic shapes and lines printed haphazardly on everything – which really shouldn’t work but it just does- and Michael van der Ham clashed print and colours together in a patchwork-like style. Issey Miyake showed us stripes again in Paris, this time mashed together in an array of colours and patterns. Meanwhile the Louis Vuitton show featured checks on everything – even the handbags!
Choose your prints in the brightest and boldest colours possible. Mix your prints for a brave take on the trend, or get printed separates to wear with a neutral colour.
Checks are a major trend this spring, seen at not only Louis Vuitton but also at Phillip Lim, Marc Jacobs and Balmain. They have also been seen on celebrities such as Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst and Juno Temple. Monochrome checks have been the most popular so far, but pastel colours are also a fresh take on the trend.
Images from style.com