Colin McDowell’s Top Fashion Trends for 2013

woolmarkJournalist and former designer Colin McDowell celebrates the best new design talent from around the world with the prestigious International Woolmark Prize, and reveals his trends to watch in fabrics, shapes and styles hitting London’s catwalks. Colin McDowell reveals his top trends to watch for 2013:


Colin McDowell reveals his top trends to watch for 2013:

1) Bold graphic geometrics and stripes will feature in lots of collections this season, pioneered by Marc Jacobs.

2) Flowers of all shapes and sizes are likely to feature heavily, often thickly embroidered on lace with raised embroidery work on top to create a layered look. Patterns will range from Ophelia sprigs to full on Eliza Doolittle-esque florals.

3) Wavy hemlines and little Miss Muffet necklines will feature strongest at Givenchy, a whimsical look that could be hard to pull off unless it’s balanced with some edge.

4) Burberry continues to feature Quality Street sweet wrapper-metallics in their collections – a bold look that could be a runaway success or drop like a stone.

5) Christopher Kane uses black gaffer tape to create a deliberately random, held together look – do it yourself on a bold coloured sweater to create contrast.

The final judging panel of this year’s International Woolmark Prize, which in 1954 helped launch the careers of two young, unknown women’s designers – Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent – is made up of nine of the most important and influential identities in fashion, including Diane von Furstenberg, Donatella Versace and Victoria Beckham.

After a global search spanning twelve months, reaching across sixteen countries and involving over seventy designers, The Woolmark Company announce the 2013 winner as Belgian designer Christian Wijnants.

Congratulations Christian!

Here’s this year’s #WoolmarkPrize with Victoria Beckham

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