The A to Z of Fashion for 2013 – A guest blog
Last year was an amazing 12 months for fashion and I expect 2013 to be just as exciting and unexpected. Here’s my A to Z list of what you should be buying, who to look out for and which trends you need to try.
A is for… Amanda Hendrick. A 22-year-old model from Scotland who walked in 15 shows during the spring 2012 fashion weeks. Expect to see more of her this year.
B is for… backpacks. Suddenly, they’ve become ultra luxe and supper stylish. Invest in real leather with gold detailing for a comfy bag you can wear to work or uni with pride.
C is for… Cara Delevingne. She was crowned model of the year for 2012 and is the face of Burberry. Will her reign over the fashion world continue in 2013? I think so.
D is for… Duchess of Cambridge. She recently announced she’s pregnant with her first child and I can’t WAIT to see her outfit choices over the next nine months. I’m expecting pregnancy chic at its best.
E is for… eighties. Jean Paul Gautier created a collection inspired by 80s music icons like Boy George and Madonna, so have some fun with the look. Power shoulders are back!
F is for… florals. They are everywhere and they’re not going anywhere soon. Floral trousers are still in vogue, while Prada went 3D with its flowers. Blooming marvellous.
G is for… Geometric prints. Squares, hexagons, patterns that make you want to rub your eyes. They’re all going to be huge in 2013.
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H is for… hats. Copy Miranda Kerr and embrace wide brimmed, floppy 70s hats – they’re perfect for spring.
I is for… iridescent. Party dresses will shimmer and shine this spring thanks to designers such as Giles, Roksanda Ilincic and Viktor & Rolf, who were inspired by mirrors for their collection.
J is for… jackets. And not just any jackets, but cropped, Chanel-inspired boucle jackets. They’re everywhere and look just as great with jeans as they do a work outfit.
K is for… khaki. The perfect colour for the item featured under M…
L is for… leopard print jackets. This bold pattern is making a comeback, wear it on everything from traditional faux fur coats to modern biker jackets in eclectic colours – look at Christopher Kane’s autumn/winter 2012 collection for ideas.
M is for… military dresses. These show you mean business, are smart, practical and show off your figure. What more could you want? Add statement stilettoes in punchy colours to go from day to night.
N is for… neon. That’s right, it’s back and it’s cooler and funkier than ever… if neon has ever before been considered cool. Check out designs by Simone Rocha, Erdem and Proenza Schouler.
O is for… oriental. Japanese kimonos are still influencing many designers and floral origami-inspired dresses look set to be a staple for 2013.
P is for… pastels. In their spring collections designers went crazy for soft, bubble gum shades of pink, violet, lemon and baby blue. Pretty and girly.
Q is for… quirky. While some women love looking polished and pristine in stilettoes and false eyelashes, there’s no getting away from the rise of creeper platform shoes and geeky black-rimmed glasses.
R is for… Raf Simmons. In April 2012 he was announced as the new creative director at Dior. Now he’s had a year to really settle into the role, expect some stunning collections in 2013.
S is for… side slits. Or, more precisely, the new breed of pencil skirts with a daring and sexy slit up the side. Brave the cold and wear them with bare legs and killer heels.
T is for… trousers. Long, front pleated styles were all over the catwalks and they look just as good for work as they do with a casual tee and a pair of gladiator sandals when the weather gets warmer.
U is for… unisex. More than ever before, trouser suits and mannish tailoring are on the fashion agenda for women
V is for… volume. Oversized, voluminous and cocoon are what spring’s shapes are all about.
W is for… white. Pristine, clean, bright and eye-catching. Designers such as Preen, Jonathan Saunders, Lacoste, Nicole Farhi and Simone Rocha made this the colour to be seen in for spring.
X is for… X-ray. Well, see-though to be more exact. Sheer fabrics will be a big look for spring so sex up your look a little with a sheer blouse.
Y is for… years gone by The 1960s to be precise. The decade seemed to be a huge influence on many designers – check out Moschino for some of the best party looks.
Z is for… zoo. Animal prints are still big news, especially if they’re in vibrant colours. I love snakeskin in particular.