All photo's via Style.com, where I spent hours upon hours yesterday.
The spring/summer 2013 shows are over and they've left a trail of trends and options for next season. Collections for this spring seem to clearly have evolved from the past fall and winter, and the new trends therefore already feel quite comfortable. I'll get in to specific trends later, here's a global outline.
What that stood out:
1) Whether you like neon or neoprene, beading or beat up denim, over the top oriental or minimalism. It's all in there and it's a playful season for sure. It's still fashion for grown ups though, with a heavy materials and dark colors like black, brown, deep purple and cobalt blue with some occasional neon. Be assured there are plenty of all white looks as well - it's summer after all! Just check out Alexander Wang, Topshop, Christopher Kane, Stella mcCartney and Jil Sander for that.
2) A lot of focus was on textures rather than prints and speaking of the latter: the digital floral had to make way for lines, squares and anything checkerboard. Being it black and white squares at Marc Jacobs, in neon at Vuitton or a reinvention of the plaid at Dries van Noten. (Which was my favorite show. OK, and Stella. And Proenza. And Preen)
3) Showing of skin is subtle, with cropped pants and bare mid riffs. Mesh panels were major sexiness boosters at Alexander Wang.
4) Volumes, next to textures, are still big (literally and figuratively). Hardly any outfit clings to the body completely. There's always a super wide skirt (Dior! Although I have to get used to those fabrics), enormous coats (Prada...), an oversized bomber jacket (I'm glad the bomber is here to stay) or big sweatshirt (Kenzo, right this way!) for balance.
5) Speaking of Kenzo, animals and the orient still play a major part in spring. Hence the snake leather at Proenza Schouler, silk bombers and kimono's, oriental flowers, origami shapes and bright red at shows like Prada (a very innovative collection, not my personal style though), Etro and John Galliano.