The S/S 2013 Fashion Week shows are now over, and as well as delivering ready-to-wear trends that we can’t wait to try out next year, there were plenty of questionable new looks that created quite a buzz. The runways are always a mixture of the oh so covetable and just plain batty, and this year was no exception. Here’s our roundup of the bold and brave trends that emerged from the leading fashion houses that we think will have a hard time crossing over into the mainstream.
Fur was a staple of some of the best womenswear collections this year, and a few key fashion houses incorporated fuzzy fur into their menswear collection too. From John Galliano using fur to full effect on coats and capes – yes, we said capes, but more on that later – to Vivienne Westwood adding fur to her menswear gloves and accessories, it’s certainly a look that’s being championed by some of the biggest names in high fashion. For us mere mortals though, stepping out in a fur coat this winter is sure to end in serious ribbing from our mates rather than envious glances in the street. If you want to incorporate some fur into your winter look, stick to keeping fur on the trim of your parka like the Adidas Originals Trefoil quilted jacket and for the sake of little critters everywhere make it faux fur too.
Wide leg trousers
When it comes to smart tailoring, there’s a new trend in town. With the release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby just around the corner, 1920s fashion is a major trend to watch for, inspiring designers across the board. A key look for 1920s-inspired menswear is the wide leg trouser. An essential item for men in the roaring 20s, they’ve already made an appearance on the red carpet, but they don’t suit everyone. It’s certainly a bold new look for tailoring, but with slim fit and skinny leg trousers being the major men’s trouser trend for the past decade, we’re not sure today’s man will be willing to make the switch.
Oversized coats and dandy-inspired outerwear are trends that have been going strong for the past year. For 2013, designers have taken the look a stage further and introduced a range of capes to their menswear ranges. With the cape being firmly established as a strictly-womenswear item for decades, men might not be brave enough to try out this new trend for men. They aren’t the most practical outerwear item either, which could also count against them making their way onto the high street. A more wearable alternative is to go with an oversize coat with a stand-up collar instead.
Up until now, the only time you’d catch a man wearing a skirt is kilted up at a wedding reception. But now designers are looking to steal this look away from women, and encouraging the bravest amongst us to dare to bare our legs. Comme Des Garçons and Marc Jacobs are among the fashion houses pushing this gender-defying new look, and Kanye West’s already sported a leather number over trousers on stage too.