While the season itself is still a speck on the horizon, it won’t be too long until spring 2013’s fashions for women start being shown on the runways. As a precursor to that we decided to sift through the resort 2013 collections and bring you 10 top picks… not just of the best looks, but of the looks that have a particular quality or mood that we hope to see more of come spring.

After the break: 10 resort 2013 looks we hope will shape spring.

Soft androgyny: Valentino

Aside from the array of ’60s inspired dresses, Valentino’s resort collection also reminded us that androgyny can be masterfully feminine (if you’ll forgive the contradiction).

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Rich prints: Erdem

Prints are everywhere and we don’t expect that to change – so if next spring is going to carry on splashing patterns across every type of garment, we want the prints to be rich and engaging. Erdems polarities of rich florals and sharp tailoring have a particularly strong appeal.

erdem resort 2013

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Pure whites: Roberto Cavalli

The spring / summer season tends to welcome crisp white with open arms, and Cavalli’s delicate take – not entirely modern but not entirely classic either – had an angelic, and yet oh-so-sensual, quality.

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Sinewy softness: J. Mendel

The resort collections were not short on evening gowns. While many outdid J. Mendel on the intricate embellishements, none had quite the same effect as sinewy pleats that seemed to mirror the human body in a scientifically beautiful way. When it comes to floor-length gowns, we can’t wait to see what fresh interpretations spring will bring – and we hope to be wowed.

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Pared-back glamour: Burberry Prorsum

We’re expecting to see plenty of metallics on the spring runways. The differences will be in how they’re presented. Burberry Prorsum’s resort take of a metallic dress insousantly thrown over a cotton tee is one way to go. And it worked.

burberry prorsum resort 2013

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Effortless layering: Rag & Bone

Spring knits over untucked shirts over pretty floral skirts or relaxed pants. Rag & Bone’s idea of easy spring layering is one we hope will carry through.

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Sporty meets tailored: T by Alexander Wang

Sporty crop tops and exposed waistbands paired with masculine relaxed tailoring. This is what the sportswear trend wants to be when it grows up.

t by alexander wang resort 2013

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Elegance: Temperley London

Temperley dished out elegance in Grace Kelly worthy servings, but it was the most simple of looks that worked the best. This isn’t the kind of minimalism the modern world calls elegant though, but rather the very classical kind. It’s not something we’re averse to seeing more of come spring.

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Retro palette: Gucci

Lemon, lilac, peach, aquamarine… Gucci’s ’60s and ’70s glamour in both dresses and flared pant suits was a hit for it’s hues as much as for its gem-encrused necklines.

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Fun and frivolity: DSquared2

Admittedly not every designer can do OTT chic with such knowingness, but the guys at DSquared2 pull it off. We won’t shed too many tears if we don’t see the spring runways covered with biker caps and heavy gold chains, but we do hope for a bit of fun and frivolity – ’90s supermodel inspired or otherwise.

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