Our leading trend, Art Attack, focuses on artistically patterned and painterly surfaces. Knife Edge examines the craze for pleats, fringes and cutout segments, while Athletic Kick looks at sportswear, an area that all designers are getting into. Innocents turns to tomboys and schoolgirl uniforms – formal clothes that pack an unexpected punch. Showgirls make their entrance in lingerie inspired styles with bold decoration and hi-impact metallic colours. Our final trend Streetbeat, takes its cue from the street and points the way forward for denim, leather and workwear areas.
This season softness reverberates through the New York catwalk collections; from slipdresses to tailoring styles have less structure and an easy fluidity. Sportswear and street styles turn to the nineties for inspiration and eveningwear packs a dramatic punch.
The resort collections feature a taster of new, innovative swimwear and beachwear for spring/summer 2014. Contrast fabrics are expertly combined, dividing and splitting the shapes into segments. Unexpected pairings of gingham/floral, mesh/solid, pattern/plain or lace/sheer provide an offbeat touch that keeps the looks fresh.
The resort collections don’t go in for obscure concepts, these clothes offer a fashion reality check that sets the tone for future streetwear. Designers pull out all the stops to create the new must-have essentials that have the same appeal as styles from the main line shows.
In general there’s a strong move towards unisex and masculine styles, especially in the footwear sector. The majority of glove styles are boyishly bulky with fur linings, padded sections or added knitwear. Headwear reflects a similar mannish mood in unisex styles, such as, trilbies, fedoras, knitted beanies and sports caps. Belts are the only exception to the rule often hugging the waist in feminine corset-like styles at Etro or cinching the waist like a waspie at Jil Sander. Sporty sunglasses are hi-tech with blackout lenses; at Acne these are squashed into narrow slit frames, while at Just Cavalli styles are shaped into winter sport goggles with a neon trim.
The prevailing punk theme is a perfect fit for jewellery. Chunky chains are stacked into collars at Lanvin, Rodarte twists innocent looking chains into barbed wire and many designers, including Jean-Paul Gaultier, Dries Van Noten, Francesco Scognamiglio and Roberto Cavalli, all showed ear cuffs that curve around the entire ear…
This information-packed jewellery report zooms in on the key styles of the season and provides trend analysis to inspire and inform your next accessory collections.
Shapes are evolving, changing the way we hold and carry bags. Some styles navigate the hand through a strap or split while others offer both shoulder and short handle options. Highly functional styles provide wallet-style compartments, detachable flat pockets or genius two-in one bags. Sizes are generally compact and neat with some roomy totes, hobos and holdalls being the exception to the rule. This dedicated bag issue, allows you to connect with the key shapes, materials and direction of trends moving forward.
The Paris report is our biggest this season purely because of all the amazing ideas emerging out of this inspiring city! Designers are embracing extreme silhouettes and reducing detail for a greater impact in ‘Abbreviated Shape’. In ‘Construction Work’ utility styles emerge with a rebellious edge and a flicker of punk. ‘Femme Fatale’ features killer dresses in streamlined shapes, which evoke the seductive appeal and style of film noir heroines. There’s plenty of attitude in our next trend ‘Sporty Swagger’, where the latest sportswear inspired styles are compellingly tricked out in punchy colour or bold graphic patterns. ‘Check Point’ includes tartan patterns, which have strong links with the punk era, and this connection is emphasised in hybrid styles that blend biker-style leather panels with check patterns. ‘Get Stoned’, introduces fluid, loosely structured silhouettes in printed effects that are evocative of patterned stones.academy.
Milan puts its own spin on the current mood and instigates some exciting new trends. ‘Gilded Palace’ showcases the Italian art of dramatic pattern and poetic design. The punk trend continues with an upmarket version – less fierce and more sensual. Milan likes to dress women as grown-ups and this season the look takes on a ‘40s line. Checks and tartans are steeped in heritage and our ‘Highland Edge’ theme reveals the unconventional side of tradition. ‘Urban Bang’ takes cues from the sporty trends in New York and London; in Milan styles are super modern and straight out of the school of minimalism, via a military academy.
This season’s shows are packed with fresh ideas and new trends. London designers create an excitement that’s hard to resist, and this season is no exception. The punk vibe goes a step further than New York, into the realms of fetish. Sporty styles are oversized and one silhouette emerges as the strongest. Check out the new outerwear, tailoring, shirt and trouser styles in our Boy Zone trend. Geometry Puzzle focuses on sculptural shape and precise pattern, while Pulp Romance reveals the best feminine styles to emerge from this season’s catwalks.
The New York runways have provided us with an exciting start to the new season, which pushes forward with the latest directional trends. We have edited the shows and picked out all the important styles you need to know about! There is a general shift into softer shapes, a curvy expansion to outerwear and exciting developments in styling that celebrates offbeat looks.
Trends for Pre-Fall ’13 point the way forward in practical terms, revealing cleverly styled, solid collections full of reality-based options. Pre-Fall is a top selling season and hangs in stores longer that the main autumn/winter catwalk collections. As a result an increasing number of designers are producing ranges and the number of shows has grown to around 150, spread over a month from December through to mid January.
This Pre-Fall analysis is crucial to forward planning, it will confirm trends and suggest exciting new possibilities and directions for your own collections.
Sizzling swimsuits, breathtaking bikinis and explosive Japanese-style cover-ups are making waves for spring/summer ’13. We’ve hunted down the best designs from the spring/summer and Resort runways and edited the styles into forward moving trends. Check out the latest silhouettes with crucially placed negative spaces or sportswear-derived styles with bold outlines. Vintage inspired hi-waist styles focus the interest on the midriff and surface pattern takes the look through tropical and ethnic through to stripes and geometrics.
Standout footwear is shaped by futuristic design. Techno construction pushes this modern trend forward and styles offer armour-like protection in space-age materials. This season, contemporary heel design is often the key to some of the most spectacular designs. This highly focused report is the result of analysis of the New York, London, Milan and Paris runways and brings together the best styles across the board. Pages deliver clear and highly visual direction to guide your collections.
This bag-centric issue provides in-depth analysis of emerging trends from New York, London, Milan and Paris runways. Minimalism is key and ‘60s design has a big impact on pattern, materials, colour and shape. The minimal trend echoes through contemporary styles, which are cleverly constructed for business or designed purely for pleasure. Belt styles range from neat minimal designs to sexy waspie proportions.
An insight into the latest trends for all areas of jewellery including: necklaces, collars, rings, bracelets, cuffs, earrings and brooches. This report contains additional information on headwear and scarves and a detailed look at the new direction for summer sunglasses.
It’s a strong season for minimal design but there’s plenty of scope to have fun with colour, craft materials, tribal fringes and experiment with upscaled proportion. Get a head start on the new trends for S/S’13 with this detailed analysis of the catwalk trends from New York, London, Milan & Paris.
This Paris report absorbs the mood from previous catwalk cities and defines the key trends for S/S ’13 and beyond. Our unique edit of the shows highlights all the exciting developments and new directions. The Japanese influence featured in Japanese Dynamic is proving to be an unstoppable force, providing a minimal look with an edgy vibe. Other trends lean into masculine or feminine territory: in Masc + Femme, we look at the new ways women are embracing masculine styles, and in Neo-Feminine the femininity proves to be both sophisticated and provocative. Abstract Subtract embraces the optimism of the sixties and transports it forward with renewed excitement.
M is for Minimalism this season as Italian designers show us how to redefine the parameters and add impact to the art of reduction. There’s a Japanese edge to styles with angular silhouettes that mimic the line of martial arts costumes and kimonos; examples of exquisite cutting in Future Woman, a sixties revival full of doll-like proportions and in Ethnic Tech styles filled with contemporary pattern and texture.
Our razor sharp editing of the London catwalk collections cuts through the noise to bring a clear insight into the emerging trends. We outline the four main trends, introducing each theme with insightful editorial then highlighting the key styles that will impact on the spring/summer 2013 season.
This detailed analysis of the New York shows highlights the important styles and forward-moving trends emerging from the latest runways. Our four main themes reveal all the key looks that will impact on trends for seasons to come.