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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Spring Summer 2013 Trends at Topshop and Zara

In terms of fast fashion, I always look to both Topshop and Zara as key barometers of emerging trends. So when the opportunity arose to visit both stores in the same day (at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas), I wasted no time in documenting their take on spring 2013 trends. 

Scroll down for a look at my favorite finds mixed in with pieces that caught my eye from a trend forecasting perspective, and don't forget to visit my other blog, The Key To Chic, for a look at the spring and summer 2014 fashion trend forecast that I recently published.

Topshop lace brocade prom dress

The brocade skater dress gets romantic in a soft shade of blue in the Topshop windows.

Topshop Shackles woven platforms

Mixed material pumps make a bold statement by merging cobalt and a chunky woven platform heel.

Topshop Glass perspex pumps, clear heeled black pumps

These Perspex pumps are a nod to the mod days of the 1960s. These were a particular favorite at Topshop, and I recall that Zara had a similar style two seasons ago.

Topshop Spring color block wedges

Sporty color blocking and an interesting mix of colors livens up these vertiginous wedges.

Topshop cartoon rave trend spring 2013

Above and below are examples of how Topshop remixes '90s streetwear elements in a fun and offbeat manner.

Topshop cartoon rave trend spring 2013

The cartoon trend plays loud and clear on this body-con dress best made for the younger customer who does not shy away from attention.

Topshop cartoon print bodycon dress

The cowgirl ankle boot continues as a strong spring footwear contender with updates such as tonal stitching, Western shapes, a block heel, and metallic tips. These really stood out to me, as I can imagine wearing them as staple boots with quite a few things in my closet.

Topshop Paige Premium ankle boots, western ankle boots

Photoreal prints continue for spring, and this one by Tee and Cake is a whole new take on space travel.

Topshop Tee and Cake Lift Off T-shirt, space shuttle photo t-shirt

Colorful geometrics and prints inspired by the Southwest are perfect for the music festival days of spring.

Topshop southwestern print shorts

These leopard heels would have come home with me if they'd stocked my size. The lace-up details and slim heel are a fresh update from all the chunky footwear shapes we've been seeing.

Zara lace-up leopard heels

Below is another geometric/Southwest print as seen at Zara. I love the idea of wearing this skirt with a breezy ivory chiffon blouse and tan ankle boots for an effortless, chic look.

Zara embroidered southwest jacquard printed mini skirt

Black and white is a key color and print trend for spring/summer 2013 and moving forward into spring/summer 2014. These Zara wedges encapsulate the mod 1960s looks that will gain momentum in the coming months.

Zara black and white striped fabric wedges