Fashion trends do tend to come back in cycles, however the rendition of the hippie values for the spring of 2013 is nothing of that sort. Not a mirrored reflection of the past, nor a direct replication of another era, but more of a subtle approach that needs going back to the origins only to get a better view on what’s to come. The old made new is not a revolutionary concept, it is nonetheless substantial when instead of imitating yesterday’s weight, is keen on reshaping tradition and morphing into something even greater.
Matching this century’s fascination towards novelty and encouraging progress as an ultimate fashion expression, it is only natural that what we got to witness at the spring 2013 fashion shows was a rather modern take on the bohemian flow; a continuous sequence of signature elements colliding with a full spectrum of other significant styles and influences. And the beauty of it all is that this whole act of reimagining the past was done with subtlety and came out looking more luxurious than ever before.
Everything from beautiful floppy hats, to feminine floral prints and flowy maxi dresses, got a luxurious make-over for spring 2013. And while they might not resemble the past boho accents in magnitude, we still see bits and pieces of the hippie spirit shining through each and every one of the following garments.
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Modern bohemian: taking cues from the runway
A complete array of gorgeous wide-brimmed hats, worn exclusively over free and easy locks, styled Saint Laurent’s spring 2013 collection referencing the 70s rock ‘n’ roll era. Moody, almost witchy in attitude, the line-up felt like a light interpretation of the bohemian trend, reveled especially in the big, floppy hats, suede outfits and sophisticated maxi dresses accessorized to perfection.
Modern boho fashion on the runway at Saint Laurent S/S ’13
The light, ethereal side of the bohemian aesthetic was beautifully represented in the Blugirl spring 2013 collection. Laid-back silhouettes featuring romantic touches, like flower patterns and delicate lace, styled with utterly feminine floral crowns echoed with nostalgia while reaching for the present’s modern lines.
Hippie chic on the runway at Blugirl S/S ’13
Over at Blumarine, the hippie spirit was distinguishable particularly in the flowy silhouettes, accented by a series of ethnic influences and delicate lace inserts. Worn with minimal accessories, the boat-neck, maxi garments felt like a breath of fresh air, oddly familiar, but not resembling of the past.
Modern bohemian on the runway at Blumarine S/S ’13
Impossibly chic without even trying to hard, Rachel Zoe’s retro renderings appeared as beautifully stylized expressions of her signature California bohemian. Off-shoulder floor-sweeping maxi dresses, topped by fairly minimal but striking accessories like floppy hats, fanny packs and oversized bags, felt like the perfect summer uniforms envisioned for the hot days to come.
Bohemian fashion on the runway at Rachel Zoe S/S ’13
The easiest way of sporting the trend without loosing sight of the present time remains investing in a flattering, effortless looking, flowy dress or jumpsuit. Light fabrics, lace detailing and paisley prints evoke the hippie spirit without totally stepping back in time. Vanessa Bruno’s gorgeous collection reflects that perfectly soft interpretation of beachside bohemia.
Boho chic on the runway at Vanessa Bruno S/S ’13
Long and loose hair, organic tie dye silks, flared sleeves and carefree silhouettes made the Versace spring 2013 collection utterly irresistible within its alluring bohemian undertone. Styled with low belts and heeled gladiator sandals the garments came across as the ideal festival gear, comfortable yet statement making.
Bohemian luxe on the runway at Versace S/S ’13
Peter Som’s cool-minimalist direction, focused on precise tailoring and perfectly fitted silhouettes was slightly touched by the hippie fever for spring. The slouchy attitude of his collection was complemented by the flounced floral smock dresses worn with minimal accessories and a good dose of punchy make-up. Barely there but remarkable in essence, the hippie flow shined through all of the disciplined coolness.
Modern bohemian on the runway at Peter Som S/S ’13
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