Yin and yang. Hard and soft. Masculine and feminine. For fall 2013, fashion is all about the contrasts.
Vogue Magazine’s supersized slideshow (it’s 140 slides) is your guide to the most influential trends, designers, and collections of Fall 2013. In addition to showing iconic looks from their 12 favorite collections of the season, Vogue has compiled examples of an amazing range of trends. Menswear Materials, The New Blue, Velvet, and Touch of Fur cover fabric, color, and texture directions; Forties Glamour, Sweaters & Skirts, The Bike Jacket, Discreet Chic, and Rock Star Style are key trends in ensemble dressing; and Wardrobe of Coats, Modern Evening, and At-Home Dressing all speak to the integration of fashion and lifestyle.
Just in case you don’t have time for all 140 slides, here’s a greatly-condensed version, complete with some of my favorite picks from each category. (You can jump directly to any category by clicking on its photo.)
Now that I’ve put together this sampling of looks from this exceptional Vogue slideshow, here’s what’s jumping out at me: there’s a lot of overlap of these trends. For example, Menswear Materials also appear in Forties Glamour and Sweaters & Skirts; there’s more than a touch of Forties Glamour (or perhaps vintage glamour is more accurate) in A Wardrobe of Coats and Velvet; Discreet Chic, Modern Evening, and At-Home Dressing all have an attitude of elegant ease; The New Blue makes an appearance in Rock Star Style.
I can think of more, but you get the idea, which is that the most successful way to incorporate any of these trends into your wardrobe this fall is to combine them, not just with each other, but with the clothes you already have, to create your own updated look. Think contrast: tweedy wool with delicate lace, strong shoulders with soft trousers, biker leather with a sweaterdress. Personal style, after all, is about taking what you respond to in fashion, then making it your own.
All photos are from Vogue’s Guide to Fall 2013 Fashion. Thanks for a smashing slideshow, Vogue!