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With the world of fashion a topsy-turvy world, it can be difficult to keep track of what is in, what’s out and what it’s all about this season. Step forward the world famous London Fashion Week to direct and dress us ready for the upcoming seasons.

With last September bearing witness to the must-have wardrobe additions for Spring/Summer, last month saw our eyes open to what 2013’s later months will hold host to. The rumours of trends making a return and the murmurs of unwritten fashion secrets were already circulating months before and the show didn’t disappoint.

So once your bikinis are away, the sun cream is bottled and those short shorts are stored away for another year, what trends can you rely on to brighten your autumn/winter months?

Pink & Red

Dusty pinks and emotive reds were all ablaze on London’s catwalks as designers looked to embrace these elegant and natural colours. Best matched with dark colours or as an all-in-one outfit, their stand-out ability from the muted palettes of the conventional colours schemes makes them the perfect compliment to those long autumn nights.

Turtle neck

Often considered a brave and controversial trend, the turtle neck has indeed extended its long neck out from behind its shell this year. The perfect tool for layering and accentuating, the turtle neck is a style that can ooze elegance and class if combined with the right outfit. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns, colours and styles.

Leopard

The go-to girl of women’s fashion, the leopard skin print is often the saviour of many girls’ nights out as they struggle to find something that will ‘go’. What many designers experimented with was breaking up the pattern with bright and bold belts and accessories to a great effect. Its proud heritage and season-round appreciation make it one of the must-have additions for your wardrobe.

Split Sleeves & Skirts

The most original and wondrous trend to come from the catwalk last month was the micro-trend that see’s our clothing torn at the seams. From split sleeves to split skirts, first seen on the summer catwalks, the allure of flesh and their seductive nature make this brave style one that will become ever more popular. Expect to see this trend flourish this year.

Velvet

Secreting comfort and sophistication, velvet is something that many people associate with the bedroom more than fashion. But designers have bought this eloquent of materials back into the fold. With the attributes to keep you warm as well as looking good enough to eat, this bold look is one that can be transferred for both business and pleasure.

Look Good All Year Round

Never underestimate the limits of fashion. With success of this year’s London Fashion Week, the real underlying emphasis clearly was on standing out from the drear and drabs of the autumn and winter months.

So don’t get down when the sun finally sets on the summer months. Relish in the fact that you have a wardrobe that is more than ready for what 2013 has in store.

With London Fashion Week over for another season, Phil Warrington writes on what trends will be looking to catch on this 2013 thanks to Shop Foundation; an established woman’s clothes retailor and spills the secrets on what to wear this Autumn/Winter season.

During the last years around the world fashion industry has being experiencing a kind of return to the tradition wit ethnic designs and patterns in both terms of color as well as shape. In the context many traditional fabrics, clothes and accessories have found their way back to our closet. African and Far East clothes can not be left out. One can say that they have gained territory and are presented as the fashion icon of the present days.

One of these styles that we have previously mentioned comes to us from Swahili and it is called kikois. You may not be familiar with the terms but you have most probably seen them somewhere. This term suggests the color design of a fabric with strips of different colors but it also means the way this fabric is used. This type of cloth is consisted on just one piece of cloth of a square cutting that is worn as a long skirt around the waist.

Even though it was traditionally used by Swahili male sailors and warriors, Western Civilization has modified its use to both men and women.

Created for the hot tropical temperatures there is not a surprise that this outfit is much used during summer time around the world. For a period it was somehow forgotten for it was considered as something too simple to be high fashion but as patterns change so has the position of this cloth.

What Changed Now?

First of all the fabrics became more elaborate. Traditionally this piece of cloth is made of cotton (100% cotton) witch keeps the individual wearing it cool regardless how high it is the temperature outside. The new technologies have made possible during the previous decades the cloth to be made of different materials that had a lower cost in comparison to cotton but they were more colorful and playful.

The trend today is for the fabrics to be made of organic materials such as the traditional cotton and the colors to be extract of biological origin. In this way the high quality the cloth is combined with the environmentally conscious choice of not using chemical colors that are bad for the health of people and are bad for the environment around us.

As people turn more and more toward these kind of choices it is only natural for them to look for them in different cultures that are more in touch with nature that western civilization and not only residents.

Another reason is the economic crisis that has stricken during the last years every part of the world. That has created a need for clothes that are both limited in terms of cost and multi functional. The kikoy is exactly that kind of cloth for on the one hand it has its traditional use but on the other one can use it as a scarf, a dress, a head band etc while one can also use them in the house for decoration reasons.

Is It A Matter Of Distribution Or Taste?

Today’s society is both multicultural and highly globalize. In such an environment it is only normal that things that some decades ago seem light years away now are one click ago. It is not that these types of clothing can not be found if searched in a city but the internet age has brought everybody so close together.

On internet one can find a wide variety of such gowns as well as different qualities of fabric and different designs. You can enter every such provider’s boutique and find kikoy that most fit your personality. The easy way we have today access to so many products have encouraged the production of high quality product that are now more available to now as ever.

As technology progresses this kind of cloths become more known and there fore more available to more people. Individuals become more open minded and find them selves trying new things. As our mind broadens so are our choices and the more someone knows the more confident it feels to try something that it may not fit its previous patterns of aesthetics and design.

In conclusion one can say with certainty that simplicity, traditional fabrics and ethnic designs are back to fashion stronger and more creative than ever before.