Annabelle Clarke gives you her run down of the hottest trends this SS, on and off the catwalk.
That’s right, black and white are back with a bang, and this season it’s the bolder the better. With monochrome checks and striped skinny trousers galore, Spring/Summer’s catwalks were filled with an assortment of black and white creations. While Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs opted for strong, neat stripes, while Louis Vuitton paraded striking 60s checks.
Our high-street favourites include these mesmerising Topshop leggings and Zara’s simple dress. H&M also have a range of cute black and white body-cons.
Oscar de la Renta:
Saving your sweatshirts and shiny leggings for that impending (“pfft-I’ll-do-it-tomorrow”) trip to the gym? Well, crack them out for your next social event instead! Sports luxe graced the likes of this season’s Lacoste and Richard Nicholls catwalks: think 90s silhouettes and mesh tops.
Once again Topshop leads the way for high-street chains, displaying an array of crop-tops and cute sweatshirts. Elsewhere Rihanna’s collection for River Island captures the trend perfectly, while New Look provide an assortment of wedge high-tops to complete any sport luxe look.
Think this look is just for Christmas? Think again. 2013’s Spring/Summer’s catwalks shimmered with a sea of metallic pieces, especially in the new Burberry line. The coolest shades are those inspired by the ocean: just look at it-girl-of-the-moment Cara Delevigne’s shimmery blue-green number.
4. The Swinging 60s
Shorter than short mini-skirts and bold patterns encapsulate this craze, with Louis Vuitton blazing a trail with his bedazzling S/S line. Think big hair, short shift dresses and plenty of checks.
Miss Selfridge have a handful of sweet super-short shift dresses.
Neon is everywhere this season, from crazy bright dresses at Proenza Schouler to coral neon lips at Missoni. Keep this trend to one piece: go for a statement skirt or dress, or (if you’re not fully convinced) try accessorising with bright shoes, or a neon handbag like Kloe Kardashian.
The Cambridge Satchel Company do some great neon satchels, a quirky twist on a classic bag.
Cambridge Satchel Company
If you’re not a fan of the neon craze, instead think pretty. For our favourite springtime look, throw out those dark winter coats and heavy knits: all things sweet are on the menu. Think pastels, sherberts, sorbets and sugar. A confection of mint, pastel blue and sweet pink shades is key, with pretty pieces in cream or white a springtime must. Team cute skater skirts, bows, frills, intricate detailing and, of course, lace, to create a girly and fun look. On the runway we saw Christopher Kane and Oscar de la Renta parading seriously pretty dresses.
Miss Selfridge has a gorgeous range of girly pastels and flirty shapes – our favourites include this sweet skater skirt, these pastel bow-back heels, and this floaty floral dress.
Oscar de la Renta:
7. Pencil skirts
This season pencil skirts are all the rage; Alexander Wang’s were edgy and bold, whilst Oscar de la Renta’s gorgeous offerings were much softer. Chic, lady-like and tailored, pencil skirts make for the ultimate sexy silhouette. Try Miss Selfridge for this cheeky leather number, Oasis for some formal work-wear, or New Look if you prefer stretchy and comfortable.
Oscar de la Renta:
As ever, spring heralds the rebirth of those glorious whites you’ve been hiding away all winter in fear of a rain splattered hem. Valentino, Chloe and Victoria Beckham were white hot on the catwalks. This season think crisp and clean, sharp lines and statement pieces. A neat blazer, white shirt or pencil skirt (killing two proverbial fashion birds with one stone) will keep you looking fresh. We especially love Zara’s blazers.
A number of oriental numbers swished their way down the catwalk, with designers favouring satin fabrics, origami-style folds and eastern patterns. Prada showed off a quirky modern Japanese look with these black and white creations, whilst kimonos were all over the Etro catwalk.
Zara’s dresses and playsuits are pretty for a pared-down interpretation of this theme, or Oasis has a pretty oriental line, including this patterned dress.
10. Graphics and Prints
Finally, prints have gone graphic this season – think kaleidoscope and ethnic patterns, stripes, huge prints and trippy florals: big and bold are brilliant. On the runway we saw Dolce & Gabanna, Erdem and Mary Katrantzou.
On the high-street you can find this Zara dress, and, as ever, River Island has plenty of gorgeous prints for every occassion.