Spring 2013: My Top Five

Firstly I want to apologise that my posts have been pretty seldom of late- I have only just got back to London and things have been rather hectic.

While the majority of stores are still full of sales tat (for, lets face it, the good stuff has gone), there are a few spring pieces filtering into stores and they are filling me with anticipation for the warmer months... I do wish that they would hurry up, though, the thought of more snowfall over London sends shivers down my spine.

Despite being unable to venture out the house without a minimum of five layers, I am striving to breathe a little sunshine into my look as soon as possible. To kick things off, I have started making a list of the pieces i'm absolutely dying to add to my wardrobe for the new season, and the designer shows that have inspired me most. So, I just thought i'd share with you my top five SS13 collections that I shall be channelling at every available opportunity. 

Well, as soon as I regain the feeling in my hands, that is. I can only imagine how many of my potential fashion week looks will be ruined by my mittens. 

With his final collection for Balenciaga, Nicolas Ghesquiere pulled out every last stop and his show was the finest of the season in my view. With statement monochrome flamenco skirts seductively split to the thigh and paired with boxy crop tops, the aesthetic was modern and exciting, while still remaining wearable. Shades of lemon yellow and powder blue were infiltrated into the largely monochromatic collection for a refreshing sophistication, while the sharp tailoring and unique prints maintained the directional quality that makes Balenciaga such an influential fashion house today. Just next month all eyes will be on Alexander Wang as he makes his debut at the Parisian house, but I shall still be swooning over these sleeveless blazers and adopting this bold mini-skirt and pastel top combo at any opportunity.

It's no secret that geometric prints are absolutely HUGE for 2013, but this collection by Aquilano Rimondi has confirmed what we all already knew deep down: geometric prints are miles cooler than the ditsy florals we continually wear in summer. All change? Yes please! The Italian design duo Aquilano Rimondi put on quite a show in Milan with these wonderfully sculptural dresses in jewel tones offset with bold black and white. With harlequin prints, origami-esque folds and flattering shapes, these little dresses are high fashion but still wholly wearable... Not to mention a gazillion times cooler than that silly old LBD. I shall be channelling this look by saving up for something from Paper London- one of the hottest boutique brands du jour. 

SS13 was all about controversy, but let us push that all to one side and appreciated the total, devastating gorgeousness that is Raf Simons' debut at Christian Dior. While the house of Dior may have had something of a rocky ride since the demise of Galliano, with Simons at the helm it looks like things are certainly looking up for the Parisian powerhouse. The collection is, clearly, superlative. Not too pretty, not too avant-garde and not too stuffy, this is Dior re-imagined by one of the industry's most talented young creatives, and it's good. In particular I have fallen for the pieces that seamlessly marry black and navy and this bold coral dress that really does set my heart all a-flutter.

From Raf Simons' modern interpretation of classicism at Dior we turn to the elegant re-imagining of grunge as executed at Dries Van Noten. From checked shirts to fragile slip dresses, this entire collection exudes the vulnerability and nonchalance that had a generation of teens gripped to the turbulent romance of Kurt and Courtney. Every little detail was bang-on, from the rootsy, choppy blunt bobs through to the dark sunglasses. There was not even a hint of novelty to this collection, which was a huge success among the fashion editors, unsurprisingly. It all sounds so wrong, but looks so right. I love the silken take on the iconic plaid shirt, especially when paired with a dark floral skirt and pointed printed pumps. This blend of elegant luxury and gritty grunge feels extremely fresh. 
If you thought Victoria Beckham had not earned her place on the fashion week schedule, then please do think again, for her SS13 collection is just divine. A core collection of beautifully made and tailored pieces, each and every garment is cut to flatter the female silhouette and does so with such finesse. The minimalistic attributes of this collection are immediately apparent with those trademark slick shapes and a particularly bold colour palette of nude, vibrant orange, black and white. The clinical aesthetic was given new life in a flirtation with sports-luxe, but the overall effect was simply alluring.

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