The Key Trends of Spring/Summer 2013 [IshSays]

It may be snowing in London and some of us might still have the odd bit of Christmas lying around the house, but Spring is right around the corner. Spring is a time of rejuvenation and fresh starts – a time to clean out your wardrobe and get rid of all the things you never, ever wear. Give it all to charity and make some space for the key trends of Spring/Summer 2013.

Firstly, the key piece you need to snap up to make the transition from Winter to Spring effortless is, surprisingly, a bomber jacket. The beautiful bomber jackets seen on the catwalk at Loewe, with contrasting sheer mesh sleeves and embossed with roses and birds are something to lust after. But plenty of variations can be found on the high street at affordable prices. Look for a leather bomber, to keep it more sophisticated and less sports field.

Embossed bomber jackets rocked the runway at Loewe.

Embossed bomber jackets rocked the runway at Loewe.

Do not retire any of your party season sparkles – embellishment, metallics and shimmer is still to be coveted, even though your New Year’s Eve hangover is long forgotten. Louis Vuitton used the smallest sequins that have ever been produced for their Spring/Summer collection; pearls were dotted like polka dots on garments at Chanel and the Viktor & Rolf collection was inspired my mirrors. So stick with the sparkles and try to find the last remaining bits of glitz in the sales!

Mirrors were the inspiration behind this shimmery skirt from Viktor & Rolf.

Mirrors were the inspiration behind this shimmery skirt from Viktor & Rolf.

Pearls replace polka-dots at Chanel.

Pearls replace polka-dots at Chanel.

The shoes worth chasing after at the moment, are ones which you can actually run in – Moschino Cheap and Chic controversially sent their models down the catwalk in Nike Air Max trainers, whilst Alexander McQueen has paired up with Puma to produce some seriously stylish sneakers (which are currently on sale and less than half price).

Keep it casual with Alexander McQueen for Puma.

Keep it casual with Alexander McQueen for Puma.

Although both daring neon and sweet pastels contribute to the new season colour palette, classic white was the most predominantly used shade on the runway. Minimalism was celebrated at Jill Sander, whilst Missoni, Cavalli and Pucci all opened their shows with all white canvases.

White is right at Roberto Cavalli.

White is right at Roberto Cavalli.

Appropriately, the fabulous people at Mimosa and Glasgow University Fashion Society have chosen to exploit one of Spring/Summer’s key trends for their first event of 2013 with ‘CASABLANCA‘ – an all white themed soiree at Saint Judes on January 30th. Tickets are already selling out fast so be sure to buy yours soon. I myself, have my eye on a very Stella McCartney inspired white bodycon dress with mesh detail, or of course there’s a little white sequin number on my clothes rail as back up!

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Glitter and Fur [IshSays]

As much as we all adore a festive flavoured Starbucks latte in a red cup, the twinkling canopy of lights adorning Royal Exchange Square and hearing Mariah Carey bursting about what she wants for Christmas a dozen times a day – as well as being a delightful time of year, the holiday season can also be the most stressful few weeks on the calendar.

Panic present buying and Scotland’s harsh winter weather, mixed with a diary bursting with social engagements and those last university deadlines to meet, can bring even the most confident epicurean into a panic. But dressing yourself and staying stylish doesn’t have to be a hassle. There are two things which will always save you during the winter months, allowing you to cruise through the holiday period: glitter and fur.

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There are few things more classic nor more perfect for frosty Winter nights than a fur coat. Whether fake or the real deal, a fur coat can be thrown on top of anything to keep you snug and looking stylish. Vintage Guru on Byre’s Rd has an excellent collection of pre-loved, affordable furs starting at just £25. Alternatively, animal lovers should hit the high street to find a faux fur, like this plush number from Mango (£69.99). Either paired with some black boots and black skinny jeans for daytime or thrown over your favourite party dress in the evening, a classic fur coat always looks cool whilst keeping you warm.

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The second ingredient to your winter wardrobe has to be a touch of sparkle. All year designers have bombarded us with glitter, studs, metallics and every other type of embellishment imaginable, and if you haven’t succumbed to this trend yet, the weeks leading up to Christmas has to be the time to do it! The key is to focus on accessories and instantly your trusty little black dress will be transformed into a fashionably festive ensemble. Sparkly shoes either with a killer heel or sensible flats will make you feel like Cinderella and will brighten up any outfit. Or go all out with a show stopping dress like this one from French Connection (£230), guaranteed to get you that kiss under the mistletoe!

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Of course, dressing well will not guarantee to solve all of your Winter problems (that flight home might still get delayed due to snow, your family will probably drive you mad and shopping has never been such a stress) but at least you’ll still look fabulous with some fur on your back and some glitter on your heels. Happy Christmas!