Mar 7, 2013

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Spring/Summer 2013’s Top Ten Fashion Trends! Inspired by Gucci, Alexander Wang, Fendi and More!

Straight from the runway, here’s my simple guide on Spring 2013’s most dominant and wearable fashion trends!  Black and white combinations, lovely lace details, shorts suits, digital prints, beautiful beading and more are all in vogue!  Whether you’re looking to shed the layers and show a little skin or ornate your look with dazzling jewels, you’ll find just the right trend to satisfy all your warm weather style cravings.


Happy florals and Easter worthy hues are taking a back seat this spring.  Designers are delivering a variety of intense blacks and whites and it’s working!  Black and white on a single garment with geometric patterns, black trimmings and side panels on white tops, black sports bras under white jackets are all prominent examples.  Though we’ll still see some florals and colorful tones, the emphasis this season is ‘monochrome.’


1 Black and White 1Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, BCBG – Spring 2013

2 Black and White 2DKNY, Narciso Rodriguez – Spring 2013


A little skin is always in!  Caged plunging V necklines, diamond cutouts, slits from waist to thigh and gently exposed waists are stirring up excitement!  To subdue the sex appeal, designers are incorporating the trend into looser fitting dresses and tops, boyfriend blazers, relaxed pants, and pleated skirts for balance.

3 Peek a Boo 1 Alexander Wang, Diane Von Furstenberg, Céline – Spring 2013

4 Peek a Boo 2Narciso Rodriguez, Proenza Schouler – Spring 2013


The sun won’t be the only thing radiating this spring!  Regal jewels are adding sparkle to dresses, tops, skirts and accessories with influences from India to Russia.  My favorite: beading along the neckline.  It’s a ravishing alternative to necklaces.  Keep in mind it’s best to avoid jewelry (aside from earrings) when wearing beaded garments.  If you do, you stand the chance of overpowering existing embellishments (and looking like a decorated tree, of course 🙂

5 Beading 1 Vera Wang, Altuzarra, Christopher Kane – Spring 2013

6 Beading 2 Derek Lam, Gucci – Spring 2013


Teaming prim and polished blazers with easy breezy shorts is the ultimate way to rebel against conventional pants for work and play this spring.  While blazers come in a variety of cuts and fabrics including cropped, boyfriend, collarless, and sheer sleeves; the shorts are generally more consistent.  Since shorts by nature are more relaxed, and ‘shorts suits’ are intended to be refined, there is little room to play in terms of the design of shorts.  Notice they are structured, slightly higher than mid thigh, looser fitting and have either a mid rise or high waist.  The goal is to pair the blazer with shorts that are sophisticated, in other words worthy enough to be paired with a civil blazer.


7 Short Suits 1 Badgley Mischka, Jason Wu, Fendi – Spring 2013

8 Short Suit 2 Rachel Roy, Carolina Herrera – Spring 2013


Colored denim stole the show and now the traditional ‘blue hue’ is back with a vengeance!  Light wash denim button downs under dark wash denim blazers, metallic effects on denim dresses, denim patchwork and paneling on Bermuda shorts and even floral printed skirts teamed with two-tone denim tops describe the plethora of options available to denim lovers this spring!

9 Denim 1 Banana Republic, Altuzarra, BCBG – Spring 2013

10 Denim 2 Tommy Hilfiger, Atsushi Nakashima – Spring 2013


No need to put that leather skirt in the back of your closet, it’s got unfinished business.  This spring expect to see not only leather pants, but vibrant leather skirts, dresses and also leather bodices mingled with sheer foundations.  While I’m excited that leather will be sticking around this season it’s important to remember this: avoid layering leather.  If you’re going to wear a leather dress opt for a silk or cotton cover up.  Skimp out on your spring leather jacket; wear one leather piece at a time.  This will ensure your look remains ‘springy’ and chic.

11 Leather 1 Jason Wu, bebe, Jason Wu – Spring 2013

12 Leather 2 Derek Lam, Derek Lam – Spring 2013


Investing in stripes, whether it be a funky suit, fabulous frock or fitted top, means you get a double bonus: they are both trendy and classic.  Maintaining their relevance from season to season and year after year, infusing stripes in your wardrobe is like adding shares of Google stock to your portfolio!  You can be confident that its style value will be strong and consistent.

13 Stripes Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger – Spring 2013

14 Stripes 2 Banana Republic, Banana Republic – Spring 2013


Prints in general have risen to a whole new level this season.  Imagine an ocean filled with 100 swimmers toting surfboards and tanners toasting on the sand.  Now imagine that image printed on a surprisingly gorgeous dress!  It’s real; the fashion industry is pushing the limits!  And if you’re a daredevil too you should give digital prints a try this spring!


15 Digital Prints 1 Mary Katrantzou, Proenza Schouler, Fendi – Spring 2013

16 Digital Prints 2 Christian Siriano, Carolina Herrera – Spring 2013


Effortlessly romantic and attention grabbing, a lace piece is more than worth adding to your spring shopping list.  Lace panel details on pants from waist to hem, lace bodices on dresses, contrasting asymmetrical lace cutouts at the waist, and mixed lace patterns on one garment are sure to distract a lot of guys this season!  A lace camisole paired with a buttoned blazer and fitted pencil skirt is a safe way to wear this trend at the office (I know you want to 🙂


17 Lace 1 Jason Wu, Carolina Herrera, Proenza Schouler – Spring 2013

18 Lace 2 BCBG, Vera Wang – Spring 2013


Looking to add runway appeal to your daily style? Get yourself a pair of oversized, colorfully trimmed sunglasses!  Loud and proud shades were all over catwalks – take a cue from Diane Von Furstenberg, Dries Von Noten, and Phillip Lim.   Be daring this spring!


19 Sunglasses 1 3.1 Phillip Lim, Anna Sui, Dries Van Noten – Spring 2013

20 Sunglasses 2Diane Von Furstenberg, Dries Van Noten – Spring 2013

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