Spring Summer 2013 Trend Report

Part 2

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Next summer's hottest trends, this summer. Part 2.

If you managed to work last summer's trends (golf shoes, Hawaiian shirts, bold block colours) into your wardrobe, you should be well prepped for next summer, as things aren't looking all that different. OK, the patterns have been taken to a more sophisticated plane and the block colours are a little brighter than before, but  throw in a few fluorescent accessories, a flash of metallic fabric and drag out your Breton top from a few seasons ago and you'll be good to go. To help you get set, here's the second installment of our Spring Summer 2013 trend report.

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Pattern

From iconoclastic religious print shirts modeled by street-cast Sicilian boys at Dolce & Gabbana, to floral print trousers at Gucci and Victoriana-inspired patterned shirts and suit trousers at Burberry and Zegna - next summer's pattern influx marks an adult move away from this summer's cartoonish Hawaiian shirts and Copacabana bum grazers.  SS '13's prints will be softer, with more tightly constructed, intricate patterns. The best way to wear this trend is to team one statement item with seperates in muted shades, as demonstrated by Ermenegildo Zegna, below left.

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(Top image - from left to right, Burberry Prorsum - Gucci - Dolce & Gabbana. Bottom image - from left to right, Ermenegildo Zegna - Kenzo - Lanvin)

Metallic Fabrics

No one did more with metallics this season than Christopher Bailey at Burberry Prorsum, where somehow the space age look seemed remarkably wearable. As always  the key was in the show's inspired styling; bright bombers, trousers and macs in burnished metallic shades came teamed with drastically muted separates, and dark socks were paired with gilded sandals (though you'll be forgiven for forgoing this part of the trend).  A.P.C and Lanvin also did some metal work for SS '13. Our advice? If you're going to invest in once piece, make it a metallic bomber.

(from left to right, Louis W. for A.P.C - Lanvin - Burberry Prorsum)

Nautical

The last few seasons have seen the nautical trend take a much needed hiatus, but next summer we're all at sea once again. The key piece? A bright yellow windbreaker - the best examples being found at Louis Vuitton and Moncler Gamme Bleu. An easier route into the trend is with a boat neck Breton top, which we bet you have lurking around in your wardrobe already.

(from left to right, Moncler Gamme Bleu - Dolce & Gabbana - Louis Vuitton)

Sleeveless Jackets

A bit trickier to pull off, this, but given the breadth of double-breasted, sleeveless jackets which were sent down the SS'13 runways, expect to see a few being rocked on the Kingsland Road next summer. The best were at Dior Homme and Maison Martin Margiela, where impeccable cut sleeveless jackets were teamed with matching suit trousers. If you're really going to try this we'd advise cutting the sleeves off an old jacket and trying it on for size first - it's a look for the personally trained among us.

(from left to right, Givenchy - Dior Homme - Maison Martin Margiela)

Words by Teo van den Broeke

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