Fashion is a little like time travel, always borrowing from the past but living in the future. Forecasting trends ahead helps inform our choices of what to buy now. What will be seasonal, what will last, what will be capturing our attention and inspiring our tastes 6 months or a year from now?
With those questions in mind, here’s an early preview ahead to fashion in 2013, with a look at some of the anticipated key themes of the fall / winter 2013 season.
Global trend forecasting agency MPDClick see adventure, creativity and nostalgia forming a basis of three key themes in fall / winter 2013. They’ve titled them Wanderlust, Reflective, and Expression.
Wilderness travel inspires a high-winter trend that combines the keen sense of adventure of iconic explorers with a renewed fascination for the great outdoors. This lifestyle trend combines modern functionality with traditional fashion styles.
Colours: grounded slate grey, tawny brown and midnight blue, “enlivened with fennel green, warm rustic red, and clear crystal blue”.
Elements: modernised Fair Isle knits, florals in earthy colours, graphic prints that take their cues from mountain landscapes and alpine animals.
Modern generations mix nostalgia for their Soviet heritage with their contemporary futures, resulting in a blend of quirky folk, Soviet style packaging and a fascination with branded sportswear.
Colours: bright accents against muted tones. Bright gold and intense turquoise.
Elements: bright, folk-inspired florals with a tough edge.
Creativity is reinterpreted using expressive freedom within the urban environment: a rise in art-squats ensures a considered approach to artistic ventures, commenting on social change with a refective and humorous slant.
Colours: unusual combinations of artistic expression, including “pop colours of vivid violet-blue and fluoro yellow.”
Elements: vivid pastel and fluoro pops of colour. Painterly prints and patterns, haphazard brushstrokes and luminous tones.