Spring 2013 Runway Trends

The runways of New York Fashion Week in September 2012 are no more, but there is still much to look forward to, off the runway. One of the best parts of NYFW is the forecasting of future trends, and for NYFW in September, Spring 2013 collections boasted the return of many classic pieces with a subtle twist. Among Spring 2013's most infamous fashion trends include stripes, black and white color combinations, leather pieces, cutout dresses and blouses, embellished dresses with beading and lace pieces. Over the years, we've seen stripes come and go - this time, it's here to stay. Designers like Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger and Marc Jacobs have taken your quintessential bold stripe trend to another level, donning models with skinny and thick stripes as well as horizontal and vertical stripes. Designers have upped the ante by combining metallic stripes with plain stripes, donning models with striped suits and combining different colors and textures to add instant glam to the All-American classic.

Who knew the staple colors of black and white would make it to the runways of fashion week? Better yet, who knew the black and white color combination would be a surefire hit amongst the fashion-forward crowd? When thinking "Spring", your typical pastel colors and floral prints come to mind. However, we're thankful this trend is returning - if not for its versatility,  budget-friendly and sophistication. A black and white outfit is appropriate to wear year-round and can take you from work to brunch. The best part? You probably have most of your pieces in your closet, already!

Known for its edginess and tough-girl quality, the leather trend is another one of those versatile, long-wearing piece, approved by fashionistas year-round. Being such a bold piece, its best to keep your other clothing as simple as possible, to exude the luxuriousness of your leather piece.

If you're looking to be a little more risky this season, you're in for a treat! Designers for BCBG and Diane Von Furstenberg were among the many designers who have debuted their Spring 2013 collections with midriff pairing pieces, shoulder cut-outs, and sheer fabrics. This trend works for all women - choose a top that is parallel to your own comfort level (for me, sheer blouses are the most I'll go) and choose cuts that flatter your body shape.

Spring 2013 has brought in Eastern influences into Western silhouettes. Runways from Oscar de la Renta to Marchesa boasted budding prints and intricate beading, adding playfulness to otherwise monotone pieces. Keeping true to Western silhouettes, Marchesa takes the classic Indian sari (form of dress commonly worn among women in South Asia) to boldness by showing skin and adding a more fitted look, complementing the sari's bright colors and intricate beading.

Lace exudes confidence, sexiness and mystery all at the same time. Spotted all over the Spring 2013 runways, lace was used as a main attraction as well as an accent to many of the pieces. Bring back lace with an all-over lace dress or keep it mysterious by pairing a tuxedo jacket over lace shorts. Not ready to wear lace all the way? Wear it as an accessory by looking for pieces that incorporate the trend at the lapel of a collared blazer or at the cuff of your pants.

Although Spring 2013 has brought us additional trends not featured above, such as metallic pieces and leather harnesses, the pieces above are the most versatile and long-lasting trends of Spring. Their versatility and ability to last more than one season landed them on the list above. You can update your classic looks by embellishing them with the above trends or be courageous and wear an all-over body trend! Which Spring 2013 trend will you rock the most? Let us know on Twitter!

 (All photos courtesy of www.elle.com)