8 September 2013

Hottest trends for this A/W 2013-2014

Being a fashion design student, it is my duty (and pleasure) to keep up to date with the latest fashion shows around the world. Right now New York Fashion Week is happening in the Big Apple, with amazing collections being presented to the press and public (my favourites for now are Alexander Wang, of course, Jonathan Simkhai, Yigal Azrouël, Delpozo, Threeasfour, Jill Stuart, Lyn Devon, L.A.M.B. and Robert Rodriguez), but the major concern right now is not the next Spring/Summer wardrobe, am I right?

The autumn is approaching way too fast, and I found myself wandering around my room looking for cardigans and jackets. 
Therefore I thought about writing a post to present the trends you're gonna be loving and wearing this autumn/winter: you might have already spotted them in the stores around your city, but what I wanted to do was handing out a "guide" on what's necessary for your 2013-2014 winter wardrobe.

From London, Paris, New York and Milan, here are the hottest trends for the seasons ahead.

Black is the new black.The timeless colour, the colour of mourning and elegance (little black dress, little black jacket), is officially "back". I personally love the colour because it always makes your outfit look very sharp and polished; as a consequence I literally adored Sportmax's collection, Erdem's collection, Viktor & Rolf detailing, Céline, Valentino, Givenchy, Balmain, the tailored suits of Dior's and classic polo necks at Ralph Lauren.
It feels like a breath of fresh air after the summer's neon trend (which I really liked at first and ended up hating in the end).

 CÉLINE A/W 2013


Erdem A/W 2013

Ralph Lauren A/W 2013

Pure metallics.
A permanent feature of the A/W 2013 shows was a "spread" touch of opulence with colours like gold, silver and bronze showing off on the major runways. The pro of this trend is that metallic panels and finishes and iridescent fabrics instantly transform your outfit into a glamorous attire. What better way to fight the grey and cold winter days than with a touch of sun?


Julien Macdonald A/W 2013 

 Sass & Bide A/W 2013

 L'Wren Scott A/W 2013

Diane Von Furstenberg A/W 2013

March On, soldier!
This winter it will seem as if armies of very fashionable soldiers invaded our cities. Gaultier, Balmain, Louis Vuitton, Christopher Kane and Paco Rabanne (true to its "nature") showed models dressed in chain mails, armoured suits, camouflage prints, metallic and shiny fabrics and silhouettes that closely remind us of English militia's military suits. War has been declared: you better prepare your padded jacket and gather as many metallic accessories and garments as you can!

Paco Rabanne A/W 2013


 Michael Kors A/W 2013

Christopher Kane A/W 2013 

 Alexander Wang A/W 2013

Alexander Wang for Balenciaga A/W 2013

Highlands love.
This trend, as you might have understood, involves the famous "tartan". Tartan is basically a "pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours and it is particularly associated with Scotland - i.e. does the kilt remind you of anything? If not, you better check out scottish actor Gerard Butler wearing a kilt ;)So this season we've seen loads and loads of tartan-like prints down the catwalk, with the best and most interesting design present by (my beloved) Phoebe Philo for Céline.
Her take is, however, a very classy and polished version of the trend; there is obviously the "punky version" of tartan, seen at Vivienne Westwood, known for her love for this pattern.

CÉLINE A/W 2013 

Vivienne Westwood A/W 2013 

Sain Laurent A/W 2013 

Marc by Marc Jacobs A/W 2013

 Versace A/W 2013

Blooming Winter.
We all love the heat and warmth of the spring and summer months. We are going to face this upcoming winter bringing with us some "warmth", with blossoming flowers and forest-like prints, contrasting transparencies and patent leather.
The key is to avoid the over feminine prints and silhouettes and wear this trend in a edgier and "darker" way.

 Saint Laurent A/W 2013

 Valentino A/W 2013

Givenchy A/W 2013 

 Tom Ford A/W 2013

 Alice + Olivia A/W 2013

Oscar de la Renta A/W 2013

I'm currently doing a project on tailoring (if you're interested I suggest you read some info about Savile Row in London), so I think this trend really comes in handy for me cause it gives me some visuals and material to work on. Amongst some 40s inspiration and some mafia inspirations, we've seen oversized boyfriend-like versions and reminiscence from the suits seen in the movie The Great Gatsby. Work wear has never been this chic, nor this interesting, for that matter.

 Yohji Yamamoto A/W 2013

Stella McCartney A/W 2013 

Mary Katrantzou A/W 2013 

 Maison Martin MargielaA/W 2013

Ralph Lauren A/W 2013

So those are the main trends I spotted on the catwalks around the world (if you're interested in being always informed and up-to-date with the latest shows, you should check this website).
Which trend do you prefer? And what's your take on them gonna be like?
'Til next post,

x, Val.

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