In a city as smartly dressed as London, every single one of its beautiful streets can easily bear resemblance to a catwalk. The UK style is defined by London’s bright, quirky and youthful fashion and for spring 2013 the London fashion week runways brimmed with garments that kept on redefining the capital’s quintessential appeal. Imagine a full spectrum of wild colors, bold prints and edgy pieces envisioned to make loud statements.
London’s love for novelty impacted the spring 2013 runways as well, as some of the most influential trends of the season found their roots in the British landscape. But aside from its long for innovation, 2013 marked London’s return to its mod heritage, with the ultra-short mini-skirts and the A-line silhouettes experiencing a revival. Read on to the full report, for a complete image of “London’s Look” for spring 2013.
The Mod heritage
It was the late 1950s when the modernist subculture originated in London. Bold and creative, the fashion direction was oriented towards the youth. This season the London runways witnessed a return to origins with brands like Moschino Cheap & Chic and PPQ breathing new life into the mod silhouettes. The clean lines came accompanied by bold colors and intricate prints, only to highlight the fearless British spirit.
1960s inspired silhouettes on the runway at Moschino Cheap & Chic S/S ’13
For the London based fashion crowd, dressing is a fine art form. The runways showcased the boldest of prints for spring 2013 by the likes of designers Peter Pilotto, Issa and Mary Katrantzou. The concept works closely in accenting the idea of dramatic fashion, style that will translate boldly and beautifully to the streets this season. From colorful printed ensembles, to fitted dresses, any hypnotic pattern will do in accenting the daring London look for the months of spring and summer.
Intricate prints at Mary Katrantzou S/S ’13 and Peter Pilotto S/S ’13
The spring of 2013 also marked the return to light fabrics as they impacted especially the outerwear department. As the coats and jackets became lighter, the silhouettes gained a sleeker quality in London. Weightless, influenced by sports and clearly innovative, the new kind of outerwear was spotted at Erdem, Holly Fulton and Felder, Felder. The clear/PVC outerwear pieces are already dictating the new street style directions, while also helping shape what appears to be the modern London look.
Lightweight outerwear at Erdem S/S ’13 and Holly Fulton S/S ’13
Always finding itself a step ahead, glancing into the future but well grounded in a relevant present, the London fashion scene was bound to be the one to introduce the shimmering metallics and the iridescent twists for spring. In between Burberry Prorsum’s high-shine trench coats and Jonathan Saunder’s mirrored separates, London gained a futuristic essence. In smaller doses, the metallic accents will translate to the streets in the guise of edgy accessories, without missing on redefining the chic and feminine silhouettes for spring: skirts, tops, jackets, you name it as everything will get to be re-worked into futuristic renditions.
Metallic accents on the runway at Jonathan Saunders S/S ’13
London’s youthful, sexy vibes translated best to a series of sheer panels, transparent inserts and clear silhouettes that marked a new kind of femininity. Recalling on the sense of freedom and the nonchalance that helped build the iconic London style, the sheer garments reimagined for spring came barring many forms. From Topshop Unique’s minimal silhouettes, to Temperley London’s ladylike ensembles and Erdem’s gorgeous embellished transparent dresses, the feminine feel managed to seduce and conquere.
Sheer panels at Temperley London S/S ’13, Topshop Unique S/S ’13 and Erdem S/S ’13
When thinking about London, the bold colors, most of the times clashed together ever so effortlessly, come to mind within instants. Cobalt, orange, fuchsia, yellow and green were among the highlights of the spring season. At the opposite side, the monochromatic ensembles of classic black and white stood out as key looks despite their apparent simplicity. The London mood got to be completed by a myriad of sorbet shades celebrating spring. Pick between blush pinks, pale greens and dusted blues for a delicate take on fashion.
London colors at Roksanda Ilincic S/S ’13, J.W. Anderson S/S ’13 and Christopher Kane S/S ’13
Even if the spotlight fell more on the clean lines and sharp edges of the fitted silhouettes, the London look for spring 2013 wouldn’t feel complete without a play upon volume and the recurring architectural influences. Christopher Kane, David Koma and Nicole Farhi are just a few of the designers that were driven to gift us with new silhouettes this season. Unexpected, nontraditional and fun, the voluminous shapes can be thrown in the mix alongside fitted silhouettes for a unique take on the 2013 London look.
Voluminous silhouette at David Koma S/S ’13
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