Spring 2013 Trend report

kate middleton emerald retro dressTo those of us in the Southern hemisphere warm weather may seem like a distant dream. But fashion is ever looking ahead, and it’s never too early to be informing yourself about the looks that will influence Spring/Summer 2013, especially where key investment pieces are concerned. And so, without further ado, I bring you a preview of what you can expect to see trending come next season.


Pantone have named next year’s big colour as emerald. Deep greens took off on fashion runways in the spring 2013 collections at labels including Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Marni and Roland Mouret. Pantone say that its latest selection symbolizes “renewal and prosperity,” promotes healing, and, as a shade of green, is often associated with nature and rejuvenation. The perfect shade for The Duchess of Camridge and her budding new arrival who was pictured in a retro dress of the same colour earlier this month.

Slash neck tees

At last a more flattering neckline than the typical crew neck as T shirts get a luxe new makeover in delicate fabrics.

Boucle suiting

We’ve seen boucle a lot this past season. Zara’s selection of boucle jackets, juxtaposed with studs and other ‘edgy’ adornments sold out and now sell for double their original price on eBay. These are a classic, and next spring expect even more as the trends channels the original hero of the trend; Chanel in a huge way. Expect to see both separates and skirt suits.

Work wear clutch

Document cases for ipads, (other technological brands are available) are a big trend for accessories. “The accessories message is sharper than ever – punch through the colour clashes with pristine white leather and graphic shapes,” says vogue fashion editor, Lucinda Chambers.

The cowboy shoe

It’s been a few years since cowboy boots stormed onto the fashion scene; despite the all American brand Frye’s classic cowboy boot still proving popular. But next year’s spring/summer offering will be a little bit different where the boot will turn show and modernised like reptile skin, heels, metallic leather and cutaways.

The collarless blouse

The collared blouse has been big business for the past few seasons, with collared necklaces proving just as popular. But next year we see less of the sharp, stiff feel of business like shirts and more relaxed, laid back versions. Those collared necklaces can still be used should you want for a more versatile, varied look.