THE pre-collections serve as a deliberately lighter version of designers’ influences and intentions, an appetiser to what can be expected from the international catwalks and an adhesive between seasons. Subsequently, they are packed full of clothes we really can – and want – to wear every day.
While some trends that established themselves in the spring/summer 2013 collections were evident – printed pyjamas, cobalt, the bomber jacket, sheer, collars – a number of fresh ideas broke new ground.
Board shorts are set to become a wardrobe staple we never knew we could live without in the city, while our faithful friend, the T-shirt, was given a grown up makeover. Eveningwear was elegantly overhauled, as the new floor-length silhouette – impactful and streamlined – made a dramatic entrance. The two most prevalent shades of spring/summer 2013 – white and black – combined to deliver the big colour news of the season; grey. And in fifty different shades it came.
Here, we round up the most important trends from the pre-autumn/winter 2013-14 collections…