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Spring/Summer 13 Trends – A look ahead on BBC Radio Kent

This week is my last “Talking Fashion” with Dominic King on BBC Radio Kent for a while. I know it’s cold outside and there’s snow about; but I want to warm you up with dreams of warmer days with a look ahead to Spring/Summer trends.

It was a reasonably mild September when London Fashion Week showcased SS13 collections and they are always my favourite as I’m more of a summery person anyway. We really felt swept away to far off lands and on weekend breaks with the designers collections. Perfect to daydream about whilst you’re snowed in!

SS13 Shows

PPQ took us on a walk along the promenade in Cannes with wide brimmed hats; Breton stripes and 60’s psychedelic prints. We imagined cocktails on the beach; drinks before long dinners and Sunday brunch with the “In Crowd” sharing gossip over a café au lait.


Elsewhere we went a little tropical and things warmed up at Kate Middleton’s designer of choice; Issa London. Cobalt blue maxi dresses, burnt orange flowing silks, canary yellow bringing sunshine to the FROW and tropical prints featuring puffins, birds of paradise and tropical plants. Bursting with colour, style and an array of necklines for all occasions, this was all about dressing to impress on a tropical shore… I’m booking my ticket to Fiji ASAP!


This season is a lot about bold colour; uplifting tones of colour prints on white rather than brash embellishments. And tailoring, simplistic but involving complex textures to give depth to collections.

SS13 Trends

1960’s Chequerboard

We saw a lot of throw back to the 1960’s in psychedelic prints; short hemlines and flower power at LFW. Louis Vuitton take us there literally this season with monochrome 1960’s shift dresses and white headbands in the hair. It’s all chequerboard patterns and vibrant squares. Not always in black and white but always bold graphic checks. Chanel softened it with sheer organzas in coral and grey whilst SportMax brought in a touch of the outdoors in a black, white and leafy green shift dress.

Louis Vuitton, Chanel, SportMax

Louis Vuitton, Chanel, SportMax

White Haze

White is key. Now if you’re anything like me, you’ll need a good stain remover. I don’t trust myself in anything white. But this is a great way to have a fresh look for the Spring. Whether you choose broderie like that seen at Simone Rocha and Moschino or lace like Oscar de la Renta and Balmain. You don’t have to go full out white outfit; unless you have a good tan it doesn’t tend to work. But a white lace shell top or tee can give you the basis for an outfit for the office or simply wear with jeans at the weekend. If you want to accessorise always sago with silver with a white outfit. Anything too brash and gold looks a little like you’re an extra in Dallas and a bit try hard.

Simone Rocha, Oscar De La Renta, Balmain

Simone Rocha, Oscar De La Renta, Balmain

Tinker Tailor

Sharp tailoring is in again. Maybe with a feminine edge but its definitely man meets woman this season. Think cigarette trousers, cropped at the ankle and a mix of boyfriend slouchy blazers to cropped sharp shouldered jackets. It’s not overly masculine and colour comes into it. Never again will you just see black suits in the boardroom.

Calvin Klein, Chloe, Saint Laurent

Calvin Klein, Chloe, Saint Laurent

Other key trends;

  • Floral – no longer print but 3D embossing giving you texture
  • Iridescent – a little bit like a Quality Street sweetie wrapper; don’t over do it!
  • Frills & Ruffles – soft approach to embellishment expect ruffled neck and hem lines and a few frills along the way

Menswear SS13 Trends

Menswear for Spring/Summer 13 takes on similar trends to the womenswear:

  • Monochrome – pair a white top with a black trouser or vice versa
  • Metallic – featured in structured shirts and tailoring
  • Graphic Prints – floral slips in here too!
  • Loungewear – rather than tailoring, relax this summer
Versace, Matthew Miller, Burberry Prorsum

Versace, Matthew Miller, Burberry Prorsum

I’ll be back on BBC Radio Kent during the summer for more Talking Fashion with Dom… Until then keep an eye on what I’m talking about in the fashion world on twitter.


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