NYFW Spring Preview

Fashionably Austin reports on 2013 spring trends.

Story and photos by Cheryl Bemis It is always fun to be in the know when it comes to fashion, so there is no better place to experience what’s hot and see the trends firsthand than at the Super Bowl event of fashion called New York Fashion Week. The spring 2013 collections have been sent down the runways and are fashion history, the trends for spring are set and buyers are planning what to put on our retail racks. What will your favorite boutique stock come February, and what top five trends can you start scouting out now for after we finish wearing boots and sweaters for fall? The first trend that was easy to pick up on was COLOR. We won’t see much of the neon from last season. Pantone forecasts the colors for each season and the bright Tangerine Tango of last season has been toned down and replaced with a softer shade called Nectarine, number 10 on the top 10 list. The No. 1 color for spring used by 13.2 percent of designers in their collections is Monaco Blue. You can’t go wrong with green for spring and you can choose from three different shades: Tender Shoots, Grayed Jade and Emerald. Mix and match with other popular Pantone-recommended shades: Poppy Red, African Violet and Lemon Zest. LACE will be my top trend pick for spring 2013. You’ll see it accented on just about anything, from skirts and blouses, or used as accents. It is the super soft and feminine touch for spring. SLEEVE TREATMENTS in flowing, billowing fullness will add more romance to spring trends. Angel-winged sleeves on a printed chiffon gown, and cuffed satin blouses paired with a traditional black pant will be a nice mix of softness and structure. SKIRT HEMS are going longer for spring, and if you are old enough to remember handkerchief hems and loved them, you will be back in style. For the new generation, you’ll enjoy this trend for the first time. Palazzo pants will be the flowy alternative to skirts and add a super comfortable option for all figure types.   Take your SEQUINED pieces from the back of your closet you probably only wear at night and pair them with a suit jacket or jeans as an added sparkle component for daytime. Sequins are becoming another staple item in your wardrobe you will need to have on hand, just like your little black dress. Get ready, Austin fashionistas, for soft, wearable and romantic spring trends that will soon be on our racks! For more on New York Fashion Week, visit fashionablyaustin.com.