My favorite collections of the Spring-Summer 2013 season all had an originality to them. Since the start of the recession in 2008, many trends have been extensively recycled over the past four years. Many critics believe consumers want to invest in pieces that will not get out of style in a year or two, but it was quite refreshing to see some innovation in some of the latest collections. Certain trends have trickled down from past seasons, yet they felt quite new. Some trends to note that will definitely be over worn next spring-summer are the color blue and crop tops (which have been done in quite a tasteful manner). The best collections of the season are quite unwearable, and many pieces won't be produced for the market. However, the craftsmanship is so high in some of these clothes look like pieces of art.
Today we are constantly bombarded by images on the internet, and Proenza Schouler translated this idea into their collection by creating fantastic digital prints and patchwork dresses.
Another collection that is heavy on the use of collage is Petter Pilotto. The designers used their signature digital prints, but elevated them with the use of bead work and embroidery
Dries Van Noten's spring-summer collection is my favorite collection of the season. He created an extremely wearable collection that can be deconstructed into individual pieces and added into any woman's wardrobe. I love the juxtaposition of textures and how everything can be perfectly layered.
Nicholas Ghesquire did an excellent job by referencing Cristobal Balenciaga in this collection, but he did it with a lot of sensuality. The clothes are so sexy with all those high slits that focus on the legs.
To be honest, I was never a fan of Christopher Decrain and was quite relieved when Oliver Rousting took over Balmain last year. For his latest collection, which is his best so far, he was inspired by 90's supermodels, Sade, and Miami. His influence was best executed into a fabulous pastel wicker chair mini dress.
Images via Style.