The spring/summer 2013 shows might be long behind us but the designs showcased on the crazy catwalks of London, New York, Paris and Milan last November are only just starting to filter down to our wardrobes. To make sure you know your mellow yellows from your must-have metallics next season FEMAIL has compiled an A-Z guide of what’s hot this coming year …
A … is for ASIAN
Think Far East when decking out next year’s wardrobe. From Kimono-inspired dresses to silk wraps made for Bangkok nights.
With the wintery weather not forecast to budge, a bomber jacket is a wardrobe staple. We love the designs from Belstaff and Moncler teamed with slim cut leather trousers.
Ladies, prepare to bare. Chanel showcased a beautiful array of cropped jackets and short shorts and Zara have been quick to follow suit so you can get leggy for less.
Go Kimono! It’s all about Far East inspiration, Invest in a bomber jacket like Ciara to keep you warm, Crop your look as seen at Chanel
D- Document clutch
Everyone on the front row at fashion week was armed with an iPad or mini laptop so make sure you protect yours in style. Aspinal of London have the perfect collection, and we are lusting after the oh-so-now orange and purple cases.
E- Enhanced minimalism
A brilliantly bonkers industry term for ‘less is more’ this season when it comes to make-up. Think primer, primer, primer and clever contouring as seen on the catwalk at Bora Aksu.
F- Flower power
Moschino reminded us why flower power was so hip in the swinging sixties and spring 2013 is the perfect time for blooming. Try Cara Delevingne inspired bouffant hair (and lots of hairspray).
Document holders from Aspinal serve as a fashion accessory, Minimalist make-up and plenty of subtle contouring at Bora Aksu, Flower power gives fashion a swinging sixties twist
It’s all about the monochrome whether it’s stripes, checkerboards or squares all stylishly demonstrated by Karl Lagerfeld. Chessboard chic has never been so fashionable.
H- Hawaiian prints
Made in Chelsea’s Oliver Proudlock will rejoice when he finds out that it’s all about the palm trees and bright prints, hibiscus flowers this season.
Metallic and ‘oil slick’ finishes splashed the catwalk this season. Everything is going futuristic, holographic and dazzling. Make like Burberry and embrace high sheen.
Graphic checkerboards and monochrome is in at Chanel, Hawaiian tropical prints were key s/s13 trend, Dazzle in high sheen fresh off the runway
Biker jackets aren’t going anywhere. They are the perfect way to toughen up any flirty, floral outfit. Add a distressed denim or leather jacket to give more edge to your outfit.
Safari prints and neutral tones dominated the Paris catwalks so don your best khaki military uniforms complete with waist belt for a cool summer.
L- Luxe cuff
The latest accessory trend is the solid stylish metal cuff. If you’re feeling more adventurous, studded, embellished jewels pimp up the arm candy.
As Philip Treacy proved, leather jackets aren’t going anywhere, Go safari in Khaki cool tones, The Luxe cuff, just like Topshop’s offering, glams up any outfit
Furs, hairy, shaggy, beads, threads, lace … texture makes a come-back on everything from pretty prom dresses to sky-high mini skirts.
Bright, loud neon colours were the order of the day at the most popular shows. Opt for hot pinks, grass greens, burnt orange and cobalt blue a la Erdem, Matthew Williamson and Antonio Berardi.
All aboard the Orient express for spring/summer 13. Prada, Emilio Pucci and John Galliano did it and so can you. Update any outfit with obi belts and vivid printed skirts.
Materials are rich, furry and feathery, Gold bold or go home! It’s all about neon brights, Go Oriental this season with Pucci inspired prints
P- Pencil Skirts
Tailoring is key this season and the perfectly lined pencil skirt will add some serious class to any outfit. Ditch the mini skirt for the office and channel Oscar de la Renta in a tight, knee-length style.
If Ashish’s collection was anything to go by, we are all headed for a geek chic get-up this season. Equations, quadrants and bold patterns are just a taster of what’s to come.
R- Red alert
Red is the new black. It’s time to swap that LBD for an RBD. Tone it down with a neutral pair of peep toes.
Pencil skirts were given a sexy edge on the catwalk this season, Quadrants and equations were hot on Ashish’s catwalk, LRD is the new LBD for spring/summer 2013
The swinging sixties was the flower power loving decade that underpinned the whole of fashion month. From Louis Vuitton’s fun colours to Gucci’s Hitchcock inspired sophistication, it’s time to take a step back in time.
T- Tailor made
Get suited and booted in style this season with tailored blazers, over-sized and cropped silhouettes and well fitted shorts. It’s all about grace, class and sophistication.
The boundaries are getting gradually more blurred. The suit will be making its mark on the fashion world this season.
Fashion is taking a trip back in time this season, Great tailoring adds more style to simple looks, Fashion is blurring the gender boundaries
V- Vivid colour
From pastels to their bolder counterparts, this season is all about saturation and really, anything goes.
Roberto Cavalli, Jil Sander and Missoni had a white out this season. With spring comes fresh tones and crisp whites that can be teamed with the boldest of colours.
X- X -ray fabrics
Fabrics go sheer, sultry and sexy thanks Giambattista Valli.
It’s all about colour saturation and anything at all goes, All white! The crisp neutral tone is this season’s hottest, Fabrics are given a sexy and sheer update
Nothing says Spring like mellow yellow. It was THE colour on all the catwalks and one that the Middleton sisters have firmly established as one of their favourites.
Animal prints are back! Whether it’s Issa’s tiger prints ot Erdem’s snakeskin, take your wardrobe on a wild safari this season.
Yellow is fresh, bold and so spring/summer 2013, There were animal prints and safari hints throughout fashion month