Sunday, 06 January 2013 20:15

The big, bold and beautiful!

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Good news for us post-Christmas bulgers who have gained a few extra curves over the eating season. 2013 is all about the geometric print and this year it's even bolder, brighter and better than 2012. And we all know that a good statement printed piece is a great way of detracting the eye away from those 'problem areas', even on the most skinny of us and, teamed with longer slimming hem lines of blocked silhouette colour, SS2013 is all about giving hope and shape definition to every women and making a confident statement of self-worth.

Print has been with us throughout 2012. We have had floral, wallpaper, watercolour and mirrored prints to name a few but the key print this year is geometric. Back in New York fashion week 2012 Proenza Schouler, Reed Krakoff and Derek Lam started to excite us by presenting bold new ways of combining geometric prints.
Proenza Schouler: source Bing images & Derek Lam source style

However it was Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors who gave us the most memorable geometry lesson in their Paris and New York fashion shows this year. 

Louis Vuitton: source  & Michael kors: Source Bing images

Inspired by Burens "les Deux plateaux" a piece of artwork in the Palais Royal in Paris, and described as "performance art" , Vuitton's show took the checks and contrast from this art work and worked them into a striking collection of 60s mod-cuts worn, two by two by contrasting models who rode escalators up and down into the main stage. So bold and beautiful were these designs that Vuitton's traditional LV logo was dropped almost in self-assured recognition that the clothes accredited their origin without their badge of honour.

Blunt protractor constructed lines also featured in Michael Kors New York Fashion week show. Preferring bolder shades of red and green to Vuitton's bee stung pallet, this streamlined sixties combo takes the eye straight down the black Geo lined print and elongates contours further with this A line skirt resulting in a visually slimming, futuristic colourful salute to the sixties.

So it is official, bold geometric prints and sixties styling are going to be huge in spring summer 2013 Get ahead already by combining current geo prints with colour and blocking. Here are some must haves every girl requires in her transitional, future conscious wardrobe. 

Asos sale: £66.50 & Next: £ 45.00

Begin your geometric statement with this key piece from Asos. Embracing the fur trend head on, this jacket will see you through winter to next with its eye catching, show stopping Geo- print. Then dance the print contrasting tango with this slimming shift dress and go bold with yellow or green accessories and shoes.

Or for braver... 

(Top left, dress: Dorothy Perkins £52.00, Purple dress: Versus by Versace £308.00,  T shirt Yumi £15.00 at, Skirt £20:00 Yumi at Oasis)

Cuts such as the A line, shift and skater dress with their hip skimming vertical drop illusion are great tummy hiders. Slim more by wearing longer layers of block colour over these items and use heals to lengthen legs and take emphasis away from the midriff area. Also, wear high waist cigarette trousers to create straight line contours down from the tummy to be slim lined, vertical and ahead in the geometric stakes this year. 

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