Written by Amy Steadman • Published 12th March 2013
Welcoming the outlandish trends of the spring/summer seasons can prove intimidating for the sensible shopper.
SS12 was all about bold prints with designer/high street collaborations advocating matching two pieces and clashing patterns-cast your mind back to Marni for H and M and Mary Kantrantzou for Topshop. On the catwalks, Louis Vuitton played with delicate pastels whilst Stella McCartney displayed her designs on silky pyjama styles. Although the understated fashionista remained sceptical; valiant fashion followers welcomed the innovative trends.
Proving that this is not a has-been fashion fad, the SS13 selections at LFW were besieged with further statement motifs and with excitement growing for Celia Birkwell’s impending partnership with Uniqlo, print fever is certain to regain its dominance. This is a trend everyone can embrace with tailored one-pieces and printed trousers leading the way. As top designers make daring trends accessible via the high street, no one need shy away.
This season, Kantrantzou’s trademark photographic prints have moved in influence from soft romanticism to flamboyant geometry. Her exquisite pieces have gained worldwide adoration and since the success of her Topshop capsule collection last February, the brand has received mainstream recognition.
LFW also saw the reincarnation of timeless stripes, checks and polka dots. Monochrome is breaking the rules as the focal theme, with contrasting black and white set to dictate our wardrobes for the imminent warmer months. A distinct change from the pastel and metallic colour themes from previous years, Marc Jacobs perfected the look; adorning his models in floor-length dresses and oversized jackets.
Whether you like classic fashion or stand-out pieces, the two go hand in hand this season, but if a loud one piece is not quite your thing, why not dilute your look.
Teaming a pair of printed trousers with a plain top or blazer is a safe way to indulge in the ‘it’ trend. Whether your preference be paisley cigarette pants or floral skinnies, add in a tucked in shirt with a fitted jacket for a polished look.
So with Olivia Palermo for inspiration, get acquainted with your inner print-lover as the winter wardrobe goes into hibernation for another year.