It seems a little ridiculous to be blogging about my favorite looks for next spring when I haven't yet posted my must have trends for Fall (coming soon!), but with fashion weeks in NYC, London, and Milan coming to a close (though Paris and Boston Fashion Weeks are just starting!) I wanted to share my favorite looks of the season with you. First, a few observations and trend forecasts to keep in mind:
- S/S 2013 is all about cultural exploration. Designers in every city seemed to draw inspiration from all four corners of the the world, making next spring one of the most internationally influenced seasons I've seen. From the architectural elements of the Byzantine empire reflected in Diane Von Furstenberg's brilliant collection, to the Sicilian culture represented by Dolce and Gabbana's 50s - themed silhouettes, the message of the season is clear: it's time to get global.
- Less is more, people. The number one consistency I've seen across the collections is minimalism of form. Though the silhouettes range from boxy shifts of the 60s to long, body-conscious dresses with cinched waists reminiscent of the pre-World War I style, they all maintain a uniquely avant-garde element. Alexander Wang said it best when he announced backstage that "it's all about dissection" - and though he might have been speaking only about his collection, his comment is on-point for the rest of the season.
- The 60s (and 90s) are back. Marc Jacobs debuted a collection heavily anchored in the mod era of the mid 60s, the models clad in micro-mini shifts and dichromatic lines reminiscent of one of my all-time favorite style icons, Edie Sedgwick. Yet Jacobs also drew on a bit of the 90s for his latest look, exhibiting models in low-waisted calf-length skirts and barely-there bra tops which left the midriff completely bare.
- Pattern play is here to stay. As we've seen in many of the collections for F/W 2012, bold prints and wild color combinations are at the height of popularity and they dont seem to be fading anytime soon. Michael Kors, Peter Pilotto, and Proenza Schouler all displayed collections with patterns of remarkable contrast, fusing together vivid hues and geometric shapes that are surprisingly complementary.