Spring/summer 2013 trends

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THE spring/summer 2013 shows might be over, but they’ve left a whole lot of trends and fashion talking points behind – and come next year, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning your wardrobe.

Do you prefer pastels or neons? Will you go graphic in squares and plaid? Or will you dare to bare in the new cropped proportions? Before you make those all-important decisions, let us guide you through the season’s sartorial ways with our A to Z trend guide – as well as elaborate on those talking points.

For it was a season of change and new beginnings – Jil Sander returned to the house she founded in 1973; Hedi Slimane returned to YSL but now it’s called Saint Laurent and this time he is creative director of womenswear not menswear; and Raf Simons made his Dior ready-to-wear debut.

And just as much as it was a season of lateral thinking (squares and stripes make for the new prints and patterns), it was one of fun too: just take a look at Prada’s wooden tower shoes, Celine’s red fur Birkenstock sandal styles, the Lego colours and plastic chain bags at Versus and the wind turbines that propelled the models down the catwalk at Chanel. Enjoy.