Dress hyper-girly or be dark and dangerous. Try monochrome or full-on colour. Channel the east or the ’60s. There are lots of directions you can go this spring and in this week's issue of Grazia, fashion director Susannah Frankel takes you through the options. From fondant colours, fragile lace, silk ribbons and bows on the one hand to the wicked woman of Helmut Newton’s world on the other and luxe sportswear hovering somewhere in between, it's time to discover what the Spring Summer 2013 catwalks are made of...
1. Sports Luxe
It’s fashionable to be fit. Or at least for your clothes to make you look as though you are. Everything from bodyconscious T-shirts and leggings to luxe sweatshirts and string-vest dresses apply.
Seen at: Paul Smith, Thomas Tait, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Richard Nicoll
2. All That Shimmers
Sparkle merrily through the spring in jewel-coloured sequins and opalescent fabrics – from leather to lace. The most fashionable shades are inspired by the ocean waves. Cool.
Seen at: Burberry, Viktor & Rolf, Rochas, Giorgio Armani, Jonathan Saunders
3. Asian Tales
Obi sashes, kimono sleeves, origami pleats and folds and embroideries that whisper of more exotic continents all make an appearance. Be literal or lateral – the choice is yours.
Seen at: Vivienne Westwood, Etro, Jean Paul Gaultier, Emilio Pucci, Just Cavalli
The new way to wear sheer is stripped back and patchworked into a graphic silhouette. There’s nothing blousy about this particular look. Think Helmut Lang in the early 1990s. Sigh.
Seen at: Stella McCartney, Helmut Lang, David Koma, Reed Krakoff, Preen
Frills, flounces, ribbons and bows decorate a sweet silhouette that wouldn’t look out of place in a doll’s house. Be aware, though, that with sheer panels and flashes of flesh, sometimes it’s nice to be naughty.
Seen at: Oscar de la Renta, Erdem, Christopher Kane, Meadham Kirchhoff
Stripes, geometry, checks, zigzags; long and lean or short and sharp… Just so long as the (non)colours involved are black and white, fashion points will be scored.
Seen at: Marc Jacobs, Giles, Balmain, Alexander Wang, Topshop Unique
There’s a prevailing love affair with antifashion in all its guises. The spirit of punk is alive and kicking with a grungey aesthetic and a nod to rave culture. Street fashion is having a moment – and that’s always a good thing.
Seen at: Rodarte, Dries Van Noten, House of Holland, Louise Gray
So which trend will you be trying? Watch the Grazia team talk through their favourite looks in the video below...