Summer on the high street has been all ballet pumps, converse and cut off denim shorts. Nothing new there then, it’s the same cycle every year. It’s as if the runway never existed and the high street retailer held the designer fort.
Fairly soon, if the weather has anything to do with it, Autumn / Winter trends will start to push their way from couture onto the high street rails. But you might be pushed to notice any major differences with this time last year. Colour schemes are once again back to black with just a few bright colours pushing their way through from the likes of Bottega Veneta, Diane von Furstenberg, Issey Miyake (which also featured some of the happiest models I’ve seen in ages) and Etro who traditionally always stand out from the crowd on this front with bright colours and strong patterns to be break up the sombre mood.
There is a distinct emphasis on necklines and shoulders in this up coming season so watch out for sculpted jackets, big collars and heavy knit amongst the winter staples keeping you warm out and about. Fur and animal prints are still holding their own in many collections and as always classic tailoring is a formidable presence in outer wear and fitted dresses. All in all, there is little new on it’s way through so you’ll probably get one last wear out of last winter’s wardrobe.
There are a few signs of better things to come however, and I’ll be interested to see how the same designers carry their ideas through into the collections that follow for 2014.
Here’s my pick of some of the most interesting features and colour-ways from the runway for A/W 2013: