Mirror, mirror on the wall, what trends might we see this year most of all?
Although there aren't crystal balls or magical mirrors to unveil such stylish insights, here's the next best thing: Pittsburghers who work in fashion. Some shared their predictions for the colors, silhouettes, patterns and styles that could dominate clothes and accessories for men and women in 2013.
Texture and cowgirls
Texture, texture, texture continues with boucle separates and suits perfect for layering with sheers, denim and powerful prints. Feminine softness grows in career wear with a mix of chic styling options. Belted floral dresses take center stage. Urban cowgirl influences footwear, and technology influences sophisticated accessories. Look for trendy details like uber embellishments, metallic leather, clear plastic, cutaways and reptile skin.
--Shelley Matheys-Yugar, marketing and fashion coordinator, The Mall at Robinson
Neutrals, softer hues
Pantone has declared emerald the color of the year for 2013. I agree that this shade will be a huge part of color palettes across many categories, from home decor to bridal and apparel. I like how muted down the new iteration of this hue is for the new year, a softer, lighter take on the color as opposed to a vibrant jewel tone. I also saw a lot of black and white on the spring runways, which I like as a stark contrast to the neon that we've become so used to seeing.
A new detail for clothing that I'm looking forward to wearing is '70s-inspired flare jeans adorned with embroidery running down the seam (as seen at Rebecca Minkoff) and large crystal embellishment found on blouses, blazers and dresses (as seen on the runways of Candela, Reem Acra and Jenny Packham).
-- Julia DiNardo, Highland Park native and founder and editor of New York-based Fashion Pulse Daily blog
Clean, casual elegance
Women's 2013 is less about embellishment, more about shape, cut, color and fabric. Cleaned up cuts like the slim ankle pant, in a spectrum of colors, and prints abound. Novelty knit tops with great patterns (florals, abstracts and anything in between) or simple solids with textural, or appliqued details. ... Key details include laser cuts, perforations, lace and crochet. Silhouettes are all shaped; jackets are closer to the body. Think about moto, hoodies, cropped pea, safari and zipper details.
For men's 2013, the knit jacket, styled like a sportcoat or a blazer but in a tightly knit fabric, offers casual elegance with jeans for Saturday night, on your next flight or running to the office. Cleaned up denim in washed colors or dark hues are masculine and appealing. Garment washed knits in relaxed (not oversized fits), polished polos with concealed trims and mini stripes. The weightless windbreaker or golf jacket will be new with leather trim or in bolder color. Men's accent colors in tailored clothing are picked up in cleaner fitting dress shirts, brighter neckwear.
-- Lisa Slesinger, buyer and co-owner, Larrimor's, Downtown and The Galleria in Mt. Lebanon
Color blocking, metallics
Fashion styles and trends for spring: crop tops, the jumper, color blocking, pencil leg pant, peek-a-boo fabrics, lace. For fall 2013, antique metallics are going to be a huge hit. Also, leather and more leather, dresses with sleeves, peplums, bold colors, mix-matched proportions and patterns, asymmetrics.
-- Miyoshi Anderson, founder and executive director, Pittsburgh Fashion Week
Accessories go African
As far as handbags, you're going to see a lot of woven. That emerald green is going to be everywhere, and also a lot of metallic clutches. That's been trending all holiday season, too.
The tribal necklaces are cool. They're like these statement wood pieces with beads. It's a really great feel. We're also seeing a lot of vintage enamel.
Neon hit a little bit last year -- it was just kind of here and gone. It's kind of a fun flair once in a while.
-- Kimberly Coppola, co-owner of Serendipity in Market Square, Downtown
Also in the news ...
Online shopping spiked this holiday season: Why fight the crowds and the December chill when you can buy everything you need online while cozy at home? Many Americans traded in store shopping for Web surfing this holiday season, with the latter having its best year ever, particularly during the second week of December, according to Fashionista.com. Meanwhile, brick-and-mortar stores, on average, saw a decline in foot traffic.
Uggs: the holiday's most-searched item: After a three-year low for shares earlier this year, sheepskin boots are bouncing back. According to Experian Marketing Services, Uggs were the most searched-for holiday item this year, trumping Barbie, Kindle Fire and iPad-mini.
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