Spring/summer fashion forecast, 2013 - The Behrend Beacon

Spring/summer fashion forecast, 2013

Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Author: Katie Duffy (managing editor)

In the spirit of disgust at Erie’s interminable snowfall, I would like to propose a forecast of a different sort; though Spring fashion swept the runway in September, a snowy February day calls for a breath of fresh anticipation. Here are some of my favorite highlights from Spring-Summer fashion week.

PASTELS - Light, airy colors, as usual, are in from head to toe. Kelly Osbourne’s oracular fashion advice dictates that pastels are, indeed, still in, especially for your summertime tresses. From periwinkle purple to ice blue to ballet pink, even a hint of subtle color is sure to freshen up your springtime style. To finish the look, try a knot-top bun, pinup curls or finger waves. The runway, too, took a turn from dark and edgy to light and sweet. Ever-feminine Chloe took the opportunity to showcase oversized frills, lace neckline detail and sheer skirts in whites and light beiges and pinks.  Balenciaga, Alexander Wang and Jil Sander maintained their more structured edge, featuring white-hot fabrics in tailored silhouettes. Most pieces were either simple and striking or buttoned down and collared, while necklines and shoulders came to abrupt 90-degree angles in squared-off edges. This trend is an easy way to jump into spring and summer fashion, since the colors are simple and have been in style since the invention of lace.

EXAGGERATED SILHOUETTES - A new and certainly eccentric trend on September’s runway was an “exaggerated silhouette.” Many designers gave their models unnatural curvature with stiff fabrics and voluminous layers. This dramatic new trend is reminiscent of modern architecture and a nod toward a trending three-dimensionality of fashion; Chanel designer Karl Lagerfield was inspired by windmill turbines and their ability to create energy, which he says is “the most important thing in life.” The spirit of circular momentum was present throughout his design, especially in the transparent Lucite beach hats and plastic hula-hoop purses. Calvin Klein also toyed with exaggerated shapes. Instead of using volume, however, Klein used geometric shapes to mimic the female silhouette. An easy way to achieve this look in the spring (without going over-the-top hula hoop purse) is to try structured pieces with a unique shape, like Bermuda shorts or a power-shouldered blazer. This was one of my favorite trends because it’s a departure from the bodycon dress and the cheeky shorts – a minimally revealing crop top is still in, but only when paired with contrasting pieces like a loose-fitting trouser or maxi skirt.

To accessorize your new, on-trend spring style, look for point-toed shoes with a relatively low heel, cat-eye sunglasses and small, brightly colored bags.