If we were to make a comparison with last year, the 2013 spring trends could be seen as a subtle update of some already known directions. We meet again the oriental prints, the intensive use of graphic forms and the already traditional retro trend.
The 2013 Spring/Summer Season is an extremely graphic one. Lines, dots or trompe l’oeil prints cover all the designers’ creations, with almost no exception. The white and black squares, seamless to the harlequin’s uniforms are another approach in 2013.
Japan and China
Somehow, the oriental influences don’t ever leave fashion, no matter the season or trend. The inspiration varies from the use of specific prints to the exact copies of the cuts of the kimonos and Asian clothing. The dragons, the flowers and the hibiscus details reproduced in the style of lithography from Tokyo, Hanoi or Beijing are very visible.
The retro trend is already a traditional one. From Mad Men, Magic City, Pan Am and other TV shows which look back to the middle 20th century, fashion hasn’t been the same. “The sixties” are visible in the creations of Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Marc Jacobs, but they are present at least as influences in almost all the spring collections.
The wavy material portions “are juxtaposing with the very angular figure, polygonal of the following season” says Vogue. Depending on the collection, the flounces are sewn around the neck, the waist or at the sleeves.
From Dolce & Gabbana 2012 fall/winter collection, the mirage of the golden fibers and the shiny decorations was taken over by fashion houses like Ralph Lauren and Fendi.