Geometry is on trend in Spring/Summer 2013. Geometric prints come in a variety of looks, styles, and shapes. Keep your eye out of bags, jackets, or blouses this season with a bold check or an eye-catching stripe.
Checks hit the runways of the Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Weeks with a storm. It’s hard to make any more of a statement than Louis Vuitton did with their bright yellow and white checked catwalk. One of the predominant looks in the Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection was a square block check pattern. This pattern was featured in their formal wear, bags, purses, hats, jackets, suits and was often reminiscent of the 1960’s in color and boldness. This look was not just featured in the Louis Vuitton collection, but other major fashion labels like Fendi, Michael Kors, and Hermes.
The classic square block patterned that featured in Louis Vuitton’s collection and runway was re-invented by a variety of other designers to offer a more modern alternative to the 1960’s revival. Designers like Chanel, Marni, Topshop Unique, Marc by Marc Jacobs took a slightly different direction. A more modern alternative to the square check is the negative check that can be seen in Diesel’s collection: this look is inspired by the photography negative, and involves cutting out the squares leaving the a mesh-like skeleton behind. Chanel’s interpretation involves a flat color background and a contrasting color outlining the squares. Other designers took used a traditional check look but instead of combining two contrasting colors they used two similar tones.
The New Stripe
Although stripes never go out of fashion, this season we’ve seen a different type of stripe take center stage: the wide vertical stripe. Wide stripes can be harder to pull off for certain body types than narrow stripes, but nonetheless this season has seen wide vertical stripes hitting the high street in stores like H&M and topshop. Particular black and white is the combination for 2013, but look out for a variety of bright options come summer time.
Diamonds and Other Shapes
Summer 2012 saw silk or chiffon print trousers becoming a staple for every trendy women’s wardrobe, summer 2013 is likely to see this trend continue. The prints that are popular for silk or a synthetic silk replacement are also important when it comes to flowing summer blouses and tanks. The best way to describe this final geometric print type is by comparing it to something you might see in a kaleidoscope. It combines diamond shapes, triangles, circles, ovals, octagons and a variety of other shapes into a collage of orderly shapes fitting together. This print is great on jackets, scarves, trousers, and tops alike.
All of these geometric print types can be adapted to spring, summer or autumn palettes, making it so that they will be an important part of fashion for all of 2013.
This article was written by Elizabeth, fashion and culture writer for coco-fashion.