A/W13 Trend Report

by georgiagmurray

Although London Fashion Week has left us lusting after a long, hot summer with its S/S14 trends, the collections from A/W13 have sufficiently made the build up to darker nights and cold weather bearable. With several major trends emerging from the catwalk – tartan; feminine shapes; all shades of pink; and oversized outerwear – we can safely say that we’ll be bringing the in winter in style.

One of the most exciting aspects of the UK high street is its guarantee to simulate key catwalk trends. First up is checks and tartan, which have been around for a while due to the 90s obsession we saw take flight this year. However, designers took the look one step further for autumn by modifying colour palettes, amplifying prints, and applying them to various textures. We saw moody grunge at Saint Laurent, with tartan mini dresses and oversized shirts teamed with chunky, buckled boots, sheer tights, and plenty of attitude; whilst at Versace, the print included the vibrant contrast of yellow and black, and, combined with plenty of leather, the designer presented a new, fearless take on the trend. Emma Hill showcased a more grown up interpretation of tartan at Mulberry, with magnified prints and hues of navy, magnolia, and burnt orange on everything from coats to skirts (which were layered over trousers – another homage to the 90s).


Saint Laurent





Perhaps the most exciting take on the trend came from the Celine A/W collection. Phoebe Philo transformed the simple print of a laundry bag into a graphic, structured, and ultimately chic oversized coat – proving there’s nothing this trend can’t take inspiration from. Whether you adapt your look from punks, kilts, grunge, or more subdued palettes, wear it oversized or structured, or team with anything from beanies and leather skirts, you’ll be wearing the trend this winter – and isn’t going anywhere.



In contrast to the hard-edged attitude of tartan is the femininity seen at Burberry and Jonathan Saunders. Christopher Bailey gave us a visual treat with his collection ‘Trench Kisses’, which injected oxblood, caramel and black into womanly silhouettes. Pencil skirts were given an edge with semi-transparent fabrics, and were paired with romance via soft jumpers, animal patterns and buttoned up shirts with printed white hearts. Jonathan Saunders saw a more explicit concept of the ladylike trend. With colours ranging from olive to capri blue, dusky pink to carrot orange, 50s circle skirts were a nod to Hitchcock’s women (also seen at Prada), and bustiers were coupled with pleats and prints.

Image Jonathan Saunders

 The epitome of femininity, however, were pink coats, a trend seen across collections from Phillip Lim, Nina Ricci, Topshop Unique, and Simone Rocha to name but a few. Blush, rose, fuchsia, peony, and ballerina pink hues were an unexpected feature of the A/W catwalks, and the high street was quick to follow suit, with Marks and Spencer’s adaptation selling out before it hit the shops. Surprisingly easy to wear, complimenting greys, reds, and camel perfectly, the trend is a pleasant change from the navy and black archetypally seen in winter.

Image Marks and Spencer

The trends borne out of the A/W collections range from the hard-bitten attitude of punk, with vinyl, leather, studs, and biker boots, via tartan, checks, and oversized coats, to the ultra feminine silhouettes of pencil skirts, pleats, and dusky pinks. Whether you’re feeling rebellious, demure, fearless, or ladylike, this winter looks like it will shape up to be a stylish one for all.