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AW13 Trend: Why We Love This Season's Skirt

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Antipodium and Celine

Amongst a vast sea of alluring autumn winter trends during the bi-annual spectacle of Fashion Week back in February, a key garment which stood out for us as an AW 13 show-stopper was the skirt. We’re talking ultra-modern silhouettes, feminine A-lines, heritage plaids and glossy leathers and vinyls - this season, like no other, we have been well and truly spoilt by sensational skirt selections.

Designers’ AW13 collections embraced a new found femininity, hence the fashions focus falling firmly on the skirt. This season’s garment of choice comes in a mix of textures, colours, lengths and shapes to suit everyone. The mini may enjoy an occasional outing, but, as the catwalks were dusted with a feminine vibe, it was the calf-skimming, knee-length skirt which more than captured the womanly moment. This season's longer lengths combine an easy wearability with a cool, modernism, while still incorporating on-trend AW prints and textures all rolled into a classic shape to keep the look clean and contemporary.


Emilia Wickstead and Erdem

Whether punked up at Givenchy in racy leather or stripped back with a minimal aesthetic at J.W Anderson and Victoria Beckham, a slightly longer length is a style staple for your autumnal wardrobe and has a new found sex appeal. A layered hemline will add a fresh, youthful spin to your midi skirt, seen at Giles, Phoebe English and Simone Rocha.

Skirts were offered in both a subtle and extravagant mix of colour and texture, they were a vision of candy-coloured dreams at the likes of Antipodium and Fashion East, whereas Erdem and Meadham Kirchhoff celebrated the dark side with a seductive palette of deep plums, midnight blacks and rich reds to reflect a demure feel for autumn winter. This season’s skirt textures are more racy, as seen at Topshop Unique, Jonathan Saunders and Marios Schwab with vinyl and leather at the fore-front of the texture campaign. In a midi length they are  sensual and elegant and come in an array of tempting hues from dusky pinks to classic navy blues, instantly adding that all important edge to the more sophisticated length making them an AW wardrobe essential.

Givenchy and JW Anderson

If you want to inject classic country chic in to your wardrobe then plaids and tartans are a must-have, but forget the wellies and overly polished look, as fashion's tartans are nonchalant, modern and grungy. They have adorned everything from cigarette trousers to this season’s spotlighted skirt and have a concise underpinning aesthetic which we just can’t get enough of. From forest greens to burgundies, this season’s tartans are classic and refined and have been updated to suit our straightforward way of dressing, look towards Stella McCartney, Emilia Wickstead and Marc by Marc Jacobs for inspiration.

Marc by Marc Jacobs and Victoria Beckham


All images courtesy of Vogue

Words by Lauren Estill.  Edited by GP.

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