CLOSE-TO-SEASON: Accessories & Footwear SS13 Trend Report

With fashion week officially done and dusted for another season, now is a time for reflection and taking a look at some of the standout trends that will have an impact on the high street.

Jen Sherrin of WGSN uncovered the key trends for Spring Summer 2013 at the recent Australian Shoe Fair co-located with Fashion Exposed Sydney.

Key Messages

For the new season the key looks are clean and minimal sportswear, 60s Mod styling with an emphasis on the monochrome in graphic linear prints, a laidback 70s feel with a West Coast festival mood, and an East-meets-West fusion incorporating Japanese influences.

An overall push towards the soft and feminine moves away from the androgynous styles of past seasons, as jewel embellishment, peek-a-boo fabrications and delicate chains are used across accessories



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– White is core to the season’s palette
– Use as a fashion colour in its own right
– As an accent to offset the season’s brights
– Weightless white layers
– Crisp clean line sportswear

On the Catwalks we saw next summer’s palette looking very focused and concise. We see white taking a leading role as the season’s new neutral, a key colour direction for both 60s and sports-themed looks.

For accessories the blank canvas of white for next summer was confirmed in all four cities. This created a simpler, more streamline look, with different textures adding new interest as quilted leathers, ruffles and lace enlivened clutch bags and wedge sandals.

White-on-white embellishment kept the look clean, while ruffled and woven leather added to the structure.

Aerated laser cut leathers and sports mesh detailing adds textural interest and a hint of sporting influence which translates well for mens accessories who also see white as a key colour for the season.


– Sharp graphic colour blocking
– A key colour combination for WW 60s-inspired looks
– Sporting influences for men
– Bold stripes, spots and checks
– Add a bright accent – think emerald or tangerine

The runways were inundated with black-and-white colour combinations, a key look to develop for 60s-inspired looks in graphic stripes or colour blocked effects.

Create a co-ordinated look with matching accessories with colour-blocked iPad or document cases, graphic black and white combos for footwear – note the ankle straps and block heels there in the middle – both key design details for next summer – and multi-stacked bangles in simple stripes.


– The season’s hot bright
– Team with black and white for a crisp clean colour combination
– Menswear layers mismatched shades or orange together
– A key tops and knitwear colour

Vivid orange has been seen dominating the catwalks for apparel and accessories alike. After the commercial success of orange for spring/summer 2012 we now expect to see it continue and move on into brighter and bolder hues.

Orange ties in with sports looks with white accents, as seen at Missoni and Fendi, and it is also used to inject bold colour into pared-back outfits in clutch or waist belts.

And a new colour for footwear in everything from leather and satin through to iridescent detailing as seen at Christian Dior .


– A new fashion bright
– Key for womenswear
– An evolution of this winter’s bottle green
– A key accent to combine with black and white

We are also loving these emerald greens combined with black and white for a new sports-inspired colour combination.

We see emerald green as a key colour for accessories – great to add as a colour accent to white or for a head to-toe coordinating look. Note the textured leathers here – the new wider strap details and the block heel, not to mention that iconic bowling bag at Burberry with the emerald green metallic trims. And eyewear goes retro with heavier plastic frames and dark lenses.


– A key fashion bright

– Cool blues are key for sports-inspired looks
– A key colour for all product areas
– Team with an accent of black or white
– Watch for blue and white as a simple print combination

Moving onto the true blues now which are always the most commercial bright for a season.

And of course we already know that these true blues work well for accessories – they were a strong trend for spring/summer 12 and we can expect to see classic Oxfords getting that all-important colour make-over in vivid blue along with the sporty backpack – a key bag shape and another indication of the strong sports influences at play next summer.

And a new shoe profile there at Burberry with the high backed wedge with elegant ponted toe shape, worked in true blue satin


 – Looking at the cool aquatic blues

– From soft seafoam to bright turquoise
– Layer mismatched tones together
– Create a play on matte shine through fabric mixing

The Blues continued as many designers took water as a theme that was reflected in this highly commercial palette of sea foam, aqua and bright turquoise levels.

We see these aquatic tones more as an accessory accent for menswear rather than a true fashion colour – a great look for high summer development maybe as an accent to sharp white.


– An ongoing bright
– Paler shades looking newer
– Still key for simple sportswear
– A key colour for men’s outerwear

Yellow continues as a key bright for Spring/ Summer 13 working well with current sporting aesthetics but also perfect 60’s when positioned against black & white for a 60’s twist.
It’s a fun accessory colour too especially when highlighted with white – note the new ladylike boxy bags with trim rounded handles and luggage lock closures.

For menswear the look is a little more muted with Dijon toned leathers or recoloured snakeskin updating classic Oxfords.


– Intense and blue-cast

– Next summer’s neon replacement
– Team with the aquatic blues for a high summer palette
– Add an accent of white

We see Neon pinks updated with intense blue-cast fuchsia tones which work well as a stand-alone colour or teamed with the aquatic blues for a high summer colour story.

We can see those hot house pinks working as accents in accessories – We love it with the snakeskin and the clear plastics there on the right, or for the sporty backpack in wet-look vinyl and mesh.


 – A new softer pastel level

– Mix the palette together
– Baby blue/rosebud/peach and lemon
– Key for prints and embroideries

Our pastels for next Summer are less candified and more muted, much softer than last season’s candy-coloured palette.

And perfect colour story for accessories, especially for chunky summer sandals – note the block heel and the importance of strap details – and the landscape shaped shopper – I think it’s really important to use smooth matte leathers for this palette and mix the colours to update the look.


 – Navy is the new black next summer

– Highlight with the aquatic blues and white
– Smooth flat fabrics and clean line silhouettes
– Key for all product areas for menswear

Finally our Navy blue comes through for next season, strongest as a core colour for menswear.

To bring the colour into accessories, we take the look head-to-toe — love it with an accent of red there for the classic brogue at Dior Homme.

Watch our video chat with Jen below at the recent Australian Shoe Fair Sydney for more analysis and trend updates;

So what exactly does the future hold for AW 13?

From burgeoning trends (’90s grunge boots, anyone?) to sleek standards like pointy-toe pumps, ankle-strap heels, and menswear-inspired brogues, visit Fabsugar for a slide-show of their most-loved shoes from the Paris runways.

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