It all started back in September 2012 when the designers started showcasing their collections for Spring Summer 2013. From the sports wear capital(New York) to the ready-to-wear capital(Milan) to the high street capital(London), stripes seemed to have ruled the runways.
Starting from the New york fashion week, stripes seemed to have fancied most designers.
Michael Kors applied stripes for men and women alike, contrasting them against solid colours or using bolder and thinner versions of the same trend in the same outfit. His collection was indeed striking.
Moving on to one of my personal favorites, Marc Jacobs who left no stone(read stripe) unturned; he employed all sorts of stripes from vertical to horizontal; from thick to pin. His color palette was restricted to black and white, but surely his creativity was not.
Tommy Hilfiger incorporated stripes in a more feminine fashion by incorporating them into maxi dresses alongside coats and trousers. He confined himself to the colors of blue, red and yellows and intermingling of vertical and diagonal stripes could also be noticed in some of his creations.
What happens in Milan, stays in Milan? I say no, it spreads to the stores.
Dolce and Gabbana very well showcased how playful stripes could be. The used vivid colors to achieve the effect and juxtaposed stripes with some tribal inspirations. The results were simply marvelous.
Moschino’s inventive use of stripes in the form of matching blouses and skirts or even singlets paired with a solid colored garment reminiscent of the 60s era; in bright colors pulled together with helmets as accessories surely wooed the audience.
And now time to discuss my current station, London.
Designer duo Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parke who operate under the label PPQ gave an interesting twist to the much loved stripes by contrasting it with paisley, an Indian motif.
Jonathan Saunders created a mysterious atmosphere by setting up a backdrop of rustic marbles with a combination of perplexing mirror arousing suspense as to where the models would be sashaying down the ramp from? In terms of his creations, he played around with two of the hottest trends of this season- metallics and stripes and the collection definitely dazzled!
If you are a student like me, with no proper sources of income and no thick savings, no worries; we always have Primark, H&M and Topshop to our rescue (Very interestingly, I landed my hands on a really nice but simple striped top in less than ten pounds at Primark during their annual sale; my fate offers me too much to handle at times).
A delightfully affordable top from H&M.
Follow this link to buy it: http://www.hm.com/gb/divided-girls-new-looks#path=1.1&transition=10&duration=500
A Topshop dress for under 30 pounds.
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They are pocket friendly, fun and just as fashionable if you add your own attitude to it and make all the difference.
Personal Tip: If you are the experimentative sorts, go bold and try stripes with feminine floral prints; another Spring Summer 2013 rage.
Stripes is one tricky trend to play around with; it can either make or break your look. You should always choose stripes according to your body type.
If you are pear shaped, opt for horizontal stripes on the torso, especially in the bust area and if you can get your hands on an A-line dress with a dark colored bottom and a horizontal stripe detailing on the bust area with cap sleeves, nothing like it. Conversely, you can also opt for vertical stripes on the lower part of the body. And tada, there you achieve the perfect hourglass figure.
If you are an athletic body type, go ballistic with stripes, as everything will look just fab on you. How easy life is for these people!
An Apple shape should opt for diagonal stripes as they help lose inches within seconds or alternatively, vertical stripes on the upper body. Make sure to wear a belt a little below the natural waist, close to the hipline, to create the illusion of a waist.
For an hourglass, depending on how thin or full you are, you can opt for a lycra horizontal stripes dress to add some inches and vice versa.
So folks, have fun stripping it, oops I meant striping it!
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