Five AW13 trends you should start preparing for now

Five AW13 trends you should start preparing for now

Autumn/winter isn’t like summer. It’s not easy. You can’t get away with a t-shirt and a pair of jeans. Mummifying yourself in layers takes a lot of work and a lot of money, so you might as well start planning now. In the wake of the autumn/winter 2013 shows, which have just taken place in London, Florence, Milan and Paris, here are the five trends you should start preparing for.

Check and tartan

Put those Twilight uniforms away. We’re not talking plaid. This is serious business – English business – and the checks for autumn/winter 2013 are anything but casual. At Jil Sander they were maximised and modernised on coats, while Valentino went the Sherlock Holmes route with a classic Prince of Wales. The fine check trouser – preferably in a beige tone – is imperative for next season. Like, you’ll hate yourself for not wearing it. Tartan, as seen at Yohji Yamamoto, Moschino and Moncler Gamme Bleu, gets equal attention. Just make sure it’s more clan than lumberjack.


Jil Sander – who seemed to sum up all AW13 trends quite immaculately in her collection – opened Milan fashion week with a ton of different greys, which were echoed by just about every single designer in the days that followed. At Calvin Klein Collection, Italo Zuchelli had the whole spectrum of greys. At Lanvin, Lucas Ossendrijver joined in. And Viktor & Rolf pretty much dedicated their collection to different shades of grey. That mummy porn novel might have had a bigger affect than first assumed.


It seems a bit silly to inform people that coats are a winter trend, but like it or not, fashion doesn’t always follow the weather – and we should commend it when it does. Autumn/winter 2013 is all about the heavy coat. From the below-the-knee number that closed Lanvin to Dries Van Noten’s pyjamas and the colossal furry black Yeti coat that took everyone’s breath away at Fendi, 'bigger is better' is the slogan for next season. And since everything was cut oversize (another trend) that shouldn’t really be a problem.


Here’s one for the sci-fi geeks. If you’ve ever wanted to dress up like your favourite Star Trek character or you just wake up feeling like a gay combat pilot, the spacewear trend is made for you. At Mugler, Nicola Formichetti and Romain Kremer went all out with bulging air force cyber-uniforms, while Kris van Assche took the more elegant road at Dior Homme with belted waists on suits and jumpers featuring spaceship-y pentagrams. You can totally apply all the above trends to this one as well, by the way. Go for it.


As if the entire menswear world isn’t based on it! And yet, things were that much more dandy-esque this season, led courageously by Raf Simons, who went all out with maximised shirt collars, elaborate suits and a world of neckwear. Moschino approached the subject with Italian panache, while Sarah Burton portrayed the dandy from his most loungey side at Alexander McQueen. Take the leap into dandyism, but don’t be a fop. No one likes a fop. 

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