It’s A Wrap! Fashion Month Takes A Bow For Another Year
11 of the must-try trends from the Milan and Paris Fall 2013 runways.

Mar 12, 2013 01:55
by Natasha Saroca


Right at this very moment, there are hundreds of fashionistas around the world who are coming down from their four-week Fashion-Month high, which wrapped up last Wednesday after a dizzying number of shows in New York, London, Milan and, finally, Paris.

But while they may be drowning their sorrows (probably in a bottle of Cristal, while looking oh-so-chic in Chanel), here at Missy Confidential, we’re rejoicing the fact that the Ready-To-Wear Autumn/Winter 2013 season is over. Why? Because it means there’s a little less time to wait until the coveted catwalk creations make their way into stores...and our hot little hands!

Eleven key themes ruled the runways at Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, each vying for the top spot on our ‘Favourite Trends of A/W 2013’ list. In the end, we couldn’t decide, so we’ll leave the hard work up to you.

1. Architectural design: Sculptural creations were commonplace on the catwalk, with fashion houses such as Bottega Veneta and Balmain experimenting with voluminous ruffles, angular lines, sharp pleats and towering texture.

2. Classic patterns: From polka dots to plaid, traditional patterns were reinvented for the modern woman, with sharp tailoring, unexpected colour combos and edgy accessories.

3. Colour blocked: This season, colour blocking is all about royal hues, metallics, and classic black and white, along with pops of fresh, vibrant tones like teal and tangerine to brighten up the winter palette.

4. Decadent tones: Expect to see lots of sumptuous shades in the months ahead, especially jewel tones and rich berry hues.

5. Edgy attitude: Versace and Saint Laurent were just two of the fashion houses that embraced all things edgy this season. Think studs, spikes, biker boots, plus clashing prints and textures – all worn with attitude, of course.

6. Finer details: Embellishments ruled the runways in Milan and Paris. In fact, there were probably only a handful of designers who didn’t embrace sequins, beading, ruffles, ruching, lace, feathers, fringing, studs or embroidery – have we missed any? – in their new collections.

7. Masculine silhouettes: Man-style tailoring is set to be massive this year. Things to look out for? Slouchy pants, brogues, heavy knits, oversized blazers and look-at-me lapels.

8. Heavy metal: Fashion has long had a love affair with metallic tones, and this season is no different. Gold and silver made their requisite appearance on the runway, along with bronze, copper, champagne and gunmetal grey.

9. Monochrome remastered: Classic black and white: it’s a striking combo that’s regularly reimagined to suit the styles of the season. Balenciaga, Chanel, Alberta Ferretti and Valentino were just some of the luxe labels to embrace an ebony and ivory palette.

10. Time machine: High-fashion labels like Alexander McQueen, Pucci and Emporio Armani paid homage to times gone by sending elaborate Elizabethan creations, fun ‘60s-esque ensembles and dapper 1920s-inspired designs down the catwalk. We’re not really sure how these will translate on the street, but anyway...

11. Live large: Oversized coats are where it’s at for winter. The bigger, the better.

So what do you think? Which of these trends is (a) the most wearable (b) likely to stick around?

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