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The Emerging Trends from the Autumn/Winter 2013 Fashion Shows

ew1011374rw_1024x1024 ew1011374rwpop_1024x1024The fashion world has been abuzz with all the designer collections revealed on the catwalk at this year’s Autumn/Winter shows. The looks on offer provide a taste of what to expect in the stores soon. Check out these trends from the fashion shows that are destined to be hot.

The cape

Expect to see plenty of people staying warm with a cape as winter approaches for Europe and the US. Victoria Beckham’s collection included the cape in sharp, clean designs perfect for corporate sophistication. Other designers brought this piece of outerwear into their collections for a more fantasy-esque vibe. Paired with opulent, embellished dresses, the cape became the finishing touch for otherworldly romance. (see Cameo Arthur Cape below and the stunning Elliatt Daydream Cape above).

The mid-calf skirt

Every season you need a great skirt, and this autumn/winter it’s all about long lengths for easy wearability with a modern twist. Seen among the collections for Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein, Antonio Marras and more designers, skirts tended to extend to just past the knee and feature a box pleat. Adding a youthful charm, materials varied from sheer panels, glossy leathers and light fabrics. To achieve the look seen on the catwalk, team your skirt with a pair of flats and a luxe knit.


Pink is a flattering hue for winter and lends a feeling of femininity and softness. The best pink purchase this season is a pink coat in beautiful wool, but shifts and slip dresses can be equally stunning. Think soft, subtle shades like dusty rose rather than hot pink. Lanvin and Nina Ricci were the two designer lines bringing pink back into our wardrobes.


While designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel showed that good tailoring is still key, the majority of designers opted for an oversized look to their Fall collections. Heavy, minimalistic outerwear was on show, with dramatic angular folds and bows. Coats maintained their practical, classic style, but were modernised with a futuristic detail that turned them into a statement piece. The oversized trend continued with baggy sweaters, often paired with a pencil skirt.


Versace offered us ‘Vunk’ and Saint Laurent’s collection was all about grunge. With plenty of zips, studs and chains finishing off pieces in leather and vinyl, the look is 90s punk. It’s also responsible for keeping leather on hand in your wardrobe. If you want to get in touch with your inner rebel, be fashion forward with this trend.


Jean Paul Gaultier made extensive use of animal print and fur and once again showed that they are the masters of tailoring. Burberry also got in on this fashion classic by mixing and matching patterns in giraffe and leopard prints. Schiaparelli’s models were adorned in fur too, their outfits featuring a variety of textures and plenty of bold colours like fuschia, acid green and midnight blue.

These six trends were all big on the catwalk. The focus seemed to be on dressing for comfort, as well as a return to past big styles like punk or animal print. Expect to see these looks influencing what’s in fashion over the coming year.

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