The transition from A/W 12 was oh-so-breezy, making our long awaited S/S 13 sprightly seasons. This S/S saw a more wearable approach to trends, with a mixture of classic pop colours, strong monochrome statement pieces, sharp tailoring, bold accessories and natural, dewy make-up.
For women, the equilibrium between androgyny and femininity was well and truly embedded in urban chic.
Inspired by Victoria Beckham, DKNY, Marc Jacobs, Marni and more, designers set the scene for the two staple shades of our S/S wardrobes. Introducing a clean cut, streamlined figure – this timeless style gave a new spin on the colourless S/S wardrobe.
Bright bursts of neon shades made their return in multitudes on the catwalks of Stella McCartney, Jenny Packham, Oscar de le Renta and many more. Neon shades made their fluorescent and flamboyant entrance in bold sweaters, bright jeans and blazers, as well as subtle pops of colour in highly embellished accessories, hued jewels set into jewellery and shots of colour in clutch bags.
Ahh, the perfect powdery pastel palettes favoured by designers including Paul Smith, Erdem, Roberto Cavalli to name a few, pastels made their well anticipated return this S/S. Flirtatious, sweet silhouettes were brought about in shades of nude, baby blue and powdery pinks which were then blended into dollhouse-like motifs, sheer fabrics and adornments of frills. Transparency and subtle print placement removed this trend from the saccharin-sweet realms however, and contributed to a new svelte twist on ladylike chic.
Words by Hannah Lees