Looking at the trends for Spring / Summer 2013, one thing is clear: Graphic geometric prints are everywhere: Stripes, checks, diamond pattern and psychedelic pattern clashes. On our first London day in Spring (sun and a boiling 16 degrees, hooray) I’m wearing a dress from Italian fashion designer Patrizia Pepe which features a drop down waist and small psychedelic pattern. The muted colours tone down the pattern, making it less bold. The dress is quite short but as always, balance is the key. The long trumpet sleeves and the high collar combined with the silk material make it look demure and classy enough for the office.
I’m so happy that last year’s brocade trend, initiated by Dolce and Gabbana who drew their inspirations from Sicily’s baroque, religious traditions, is still very much present for Spring Summer 2013. Only this time, brocade comes in light, pastel colours, making the fabric lighter and more wearable for the daytime than darker colours which appear much more opulent.
Berlin fashion Ellen Eiseman is a connoisseur of beautifully cut dresses and rich textures and fabrics.
Wear a simple white shirt under your brocade dress like Alexa Chung and you are good to go for a day in the office.
Pastel coloured floral Valentino Brocade dress Spring / Summer 2013. Rock it with a leather jacket if you think a cardigan is to prim and proper. Heels, ballet pumps, ankle boots, lace-ups, all go well with this all rounder.
Our favourite fashion icon Marion Cotillard in a floor length floral brocade dress by Erdem. While I love the beautiful fabric, I think the length is too much for this heavy fabric. I love how Marion keeps the character of the outfit playful with a mini wicker cross body bag.
The only good thing about gloomy January and February is the arrival of the new summer fashion! This year, fashion is so varied and fun, there’s something for everyone. I ploughed through various new season Look Books to show you the creme de la creme of dresses.
Above and Below: French Style Vichy / Gingham and stripey dresses continue to rock next summer. Checks and stripes always look fresh and young. Red checked dress from MAx & Co (Max Mara’s little sister) SS 2013.
Stripes come in classic black and white as well as in all colours of the rainbow in 2013. Photo from Max & Co Look book SS 2013.
Swiss Lace and Broderie Anglaise are luckily here to stay too, cute combined with a chained mini bag in gelato colours. From Max & Co SS 2013.
Below: Swiss lace and eyelet embroidery in innocent whites or combined with pastel colours look angelic. Left: Tromp L’oeil dress from Max & Co in knit and Swiss lace. Right: Summer 2011, I’m wearing a dress from MAx & Co.
Do you like the dresses and are you excited about summer?
The innocent and romantic trend of last summer is continuing into Summer 2013 – hoooray! Innocent whites (Chloé),Lace and Broderie Anglaise (Oscar de la Renta) and even Cinderella shoes (Valentino) all feature heavily on the catwalks depicting SS 2013.