By looking in perspective, we can easily notice how every recent fashion season had its fair share of inspiration coming from the desert, with designers seeking to infuse their collections with a touch of exoticism and excitement. Holding on to the adventurous spirit, but choosing a far more current direction, the spring 2013 fashion trends channeled Africa in a way that is fit for a real desert queen.

Whether you long for femininity and a good dose of mystery, or you are more comfortable with a look that is defined by functionality, be ready to think in terms of utility elements with an exotic edge this season. With a distinct tough vibe, the desert queen look will have you ready to brave the desert wilderness, or the urban jungle with little effort. Read on to the full report to find out more about the thematic desert trend.

desert queen fashion trend

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Out of Africa: S/S '13
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Desert queen: key elements for spring 2013

This spring, the desert inspired look got even more functional and practical as it crossed roads with the minimal accents imposed by the current fashion directions. If you long to achieve this particular look or plan to invest in the trend seek for modern takes on belted jackets, slim cargo-like pants and shorts, structured dresses and jumpsuits built along minimalistic lines. Appearing tough, yet carrying a feminine sensibility, here are the elements that redefine the desert queen look this season:


Desert queen look on the runway at Max Mara S/S ’13

  • Relaxed, flowy silhouettes
  • Lightweight fabrics
  • Colour palette of sandy tones, neutrals and khakis


Desert queen looks on the runway at Boy and Girl By Band of Outsiders S/S ’13, Kenzo S/S ’13 and Nicholas K S/S ’13

  • Functional vibe
  • Safari borrowed elements
  • Subtle military influences


Desert queen looks on the runway at Animale S/S ’13, Loewe S/S ’13 and Kenzo S/S ’13

Light layers

Another way of sporting the trend effortlessly this season is by building your look upon light layers that retain a functional character, while still appearing polished and ultra-fashionable. Inspired by Africa, a continent of extreme temperatures, the safari layers were envisioned for practical purposes, however they transitioned to be seen now as a fashion expression that complements the wild spirit of the trend.


Light layers on the runway at Nicholas K S/S ’13

Feminine versus masculine accents

The mix of soft natural colors, set against shades of neutral white, khaki, sand and sometimes even bold pops of orange, serve as a perfect backdrop for a feminine/masculine clash of styles. Regardless of your aesthetic, the desert queen look offers plenty of alternatives for you to approach the trend either from a feminine perspective via the flowing silhouettes or by emphasizing the tailored masculine elements.


Feminine versus masculine desert looks on the runway at Kimberly Ovitz S/S ’13 and Todd Lynn S/S ’13

Desert queen: accessories for spring 2013

As we all grew to learn by now, a look is not complete without the final touches added by the right choice of accessories. Either minimal, or bold, subtle or opulent, each trend is defined by a series of complementary jewels, shoes, bags and headpieces. To perfect the desert queen vibe this spring opt for statement bracelets, wedged sandals in neutral tones, draping hoods, head scarvs and oversized sunglasses.


Desert queen look accessories on the runway at Kimberly Ovitz S/S ’13, Nicholas K S/S ’13 and Max Mara S/S ’13

The beauty look

In order to keep the look relevant and as close as possible to its natural vibe, try complementing the dessert queen theme by using eye shadows in earthy tones and lipsticks in light pinks. Go light on the mascara and accent the cheeks with a touch of bronze blush. In terms of hair, opt for something fresh and unexpected by borrowing inspiration from the bohemian side knots seen at Nicholas K for spring 2013.


Beauty look at Nicholas K S/S ’13

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