Laura Comben is a writer from Brighton. Her passions include art, fashion and the sunshine.
It seems that some fashion fads come and go whilst others keep returning and reinventing. Revivals of classic styles were seen by many designers in Paris, New York, Milan and London this year, each with their own tweaks to bring a modern feel to timeless looks. Here are just a few for some wardrobe inspiration.
Although there was a lot of flat shoes displayed at the spring fashion shows, onlookers were also not short of heel envy. Dries Van Noten teamed their vintage checkerboard shoes with slightly bizarre metallic ball heels, whilst Bottega Veneta and Calvin Klein chose skyscraper heels with carved designs to finish. These textures and shapes showed just what you can do with the humble heel.
Metal was a huge trend for accessories including Givenchy’s tight metallic chokers teamed with low-key dresses and silver serpent necklaces from Lavin for their Chinese New Year campaign. Head to Wolf and Badger’s website to find their Unique Jewellery collections from a range of top jewellery designers to pick up a one-off piece.Designers have always had free reign to play around and experiment with accessories for their shows. This year, the see-through trend gave shoes and bags a new modern edge. Burberry revealed jewel shaped opaque clutches for a glamorous evening look whilst designers such as Chanel and Givenchy added little see-through touches to shoe straps and heels. Accessories also got bigger and bolder from designers such as Kenzo with chunky bracelets with fringing and fringed metallic statement necklaces from Nina Ricci.
The humble sandal was reinvigorated by an abundance of designers at the start of 2013. Think science-fiction and invention rather than a quick trip to the beach. Alexander Wang showcased some show-stopping knee length gladiator sandals comprised of tightly fitted leather panels with sky high heels to team with his modern black and white, leather clad collection. Ferragamo also designed white knee high boots with cut outs, stitched together with woven panels. Finally, check out Tom Ford’s impressive gladiator boots in glistening silver with cut outs at the feet and knee caps.
What do you see when you hear the two words, ‘Bermuda shorts’, maybe blue and red tikki patterns and comedy films? Think again, as this year the Bermuda short has had a hem-lift by designers such as DKNY and Peter Som. Team tailored shorts with a bright suit for warmer days at the office as seen at Rag and Bone or chill out in denim Bermuda’s DKNY style.
Team this more relaxed look with Serge Denimes on trend printed t-shirts by Made In Chelsea’s Oliver Proudlock for urban cool. This trend is so versatile and attainable, it allows you to mix patterns and styles for any occasion.