London Fashion Week for the autumn/winter 2013 season has just been and gone, leaving behind a whole heap of trends to inspire and shape our wardrobes for the upcoming season. Here are just a few to get your teeth into.
Neon was a huge trend for spring/summer 2013, and it looks as if it will continue its domination of the catwalks throughout the next season too. Bright neons also happen to look great when paired with a well-chosen autumnal palette, so you might even get away with wearing neon pieces you bought ahead of the spring/summer season all year round.
Grey featured a lot in the London Fashion Week collections, particularly in the Richard Nicoll and Mary Katrantzou shows. This colour, often considered to be a neutral shade and sometimes even thought of as being a bit dull, was given a new lease of life by designers. Not only was it presented in a staggering variety of different tones (who knew there could be so many different greys?), but also in stunning print designs. This was especially the case in the Katrantzou collection where prints varied from gorgeous, dreamy designs to bold architectural cityscapes. Teamed with black, white or blue, grey will be a real winner this season.
Midi and maxi skirts
Longer skirts were all over the catwalks at London Fashion Week, in a range of lengths. The midi dress continues to rise in popularity, as does the maxi. Both featured strongly in spring/summer 2013 collections, but those wanting a little more protection from the winter chill will be please to know that midi dresses and longer skirts will remain in fashion for the upcoming autumn/winter season.
One of the most noticeable accessories included in Alice Temperley’s autumn/winter 2013 show at London Fashion Week was seamed stockings. This ladylike type of hosiery adds a touch of playful elegance to an outfit, but is also very easy to wear. Teamed with oversize sunglasses and a minimalist outfit, as per the example set in the Temperley collection, seamed stockings can be a real showstopper.
On the Margaret Howell catwalk, virtually all the looks had a military bent, and included military shirts, pea coats and cute lop-sided berets. Simple styling and clean lines are the keys to this look, along choosing with the right colours. Navy, black and grey tones are ideal, and look especially good when topped off with a zip of rich, royal red. You can also embrace your androgynous side with the military look, teaming masculine tailoring with an unmistakably feminine dash of red lipstick and a face-flattering beret.
Christine Felton is a writer at Fashion Union provider of on trend women’s clothing in the UK.