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Lifestyle: London Fashion Week 2013: Watch trends of lace and lucidity

by Emily Longstaff
13 February, 2013
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Emily is an enthusiastic journalist and reporter with an extensive background in the Art and Design industry. She has co-written an academic paper in Apparel Design supported by Westminster University and has been credited in numerous magazines and journals. Her work is widely sought after and has been redistributed over many well known websites such as Sky News online. Emily currently writes for New York publication Art Observed.

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week 2013, and how the upcoming trends can be accessorised with the most desirable new watches.

Despite the heavy snow of late in the UK, believe it or not, London is getting ready for its Spring/Summer fashion week! Beginning on February 15th, you can expect models from all over the world to be strutting their stuff down the runway, wearing all manner of skimpy summer ensembles. London Fashion week is notorious worldwide for its Avant Garde designs, high fashion prices and, perhaps most famously, its freezing cold models…

Some of the key trends this season include: see-through attire accompanied by a range of translucent accessories, lacy garments and trims embellished with matching additions and even checked ‘onesies’ adorned with skulls! Designers have really gone all out this year to make this summer hot, and not just from a temperature perspective.

The first of the season’s fashion innovations that I am going to examine is the lucid phenomenon that is set to dominate our catwalks in just a week or so. Valentino is one of the many designers that have exploited this craze with a selection of accessories that add futuristic, yet simultaneously elegant overtones to any outfit. They have already sent models down the runway sporting see through bits and pieces for the pre-unveiling of their collection in the weeks to come.

A female in a white patterned dress holds a see-through spiked clutch that reveals its lack of contents and the back of the studs which also adorn the opposing side. Matching the clutch, the model also wears clear bangles with smaller studs.

Forget’s Flying Star Watch

The perfect accompaniment to next season’s futuristic fashion is Forget’s (pronounced four-zjay)Flying Star Watch. Held in place within an 18k gold bracelet is the timepiece’s transparent dial. Two sapphire planes clamp together to secure the world’s smallest automatic movement; Calibre 10, which is 13.75 mm in diameter allowing maximum lucidity. The square cut, geometrical frame borders a circular interior that dances in the centre. Although the design is somewhat more feminine that Valentino’s spikes, such a golden façade is the perfect compliment to the futuristic oeuvre of Spring/Summer 2013.

S/S Trend: Lace

Sister by Sister lace

The second spring fad set to take our nation by storm isn’t a far cry away from the last phenomenon. It may not be quite as explicit as complete lucidity, but the forthcoming explosion of lace is most probably going to be very promiscuous indeed.

Several designers make use of the age-old material in a variety of ways. Designer Erdem incorporates the delicate fabric into old fashioned daytime gloves which match their model’s white dress with seasonal flower decorations. Sister by Sibling incorporates a dramatic black lace veil into their collection which accompanies their model’s sheer outfit that is, once again, adorned by flowers. The veil is unusually fitted and encapsulates the wearer’s face entirely creating an odd, futuristic twist to the feminine medium. Despite the brightly coloured flowers that sit sporadically on the models tight fitting hat and garments, she still appears as if she is attending a funeral – possibly dressed as a cyborg.

Seiko’s Lace Watch

Seiko Lace

Nevertheless, every fad this Spring has room for a timepiece to fit the fashion, and to detract from the sinister appearance of some of the designer’s lacy creations, I recommend Seiko’s Lace watch. The minute dial of the timepiece is embedded into the white mesh of an oversized, doily-like strap. The intricate design of the strap creates an elegant feel to the piece which would sit perfectly over Erdem’s lace gloves or paradoxically, both contradict and compliment, the blackness of Sister by Sibling’s designs. Contradiction within this look, however, is definitely a good thing as it will surely heighten the Haute Couture feel of the ensemble.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

The final trend I am going to examine this season has been created by Vivienne Westwood’s men’s line. This year her style is all about checks and obscure patterns with overlaid gothic emblems. She delivers zig-zag onesies comprised of a mix of pastel shades to echo the season’s traditional colourations. Adorning Westwood’s line in 2013 is the peculiar use of face paint. Her models are made up with pirate and tribal like markings – black swirls encapsulate models’ eyes, war paint is slapped over cheeks in searing bright white and summer shades of blue and pink are dotted around the remainder of her fashion week models.

O.A Post Co. Watches

O.A Post unisex watches

To match this odd, eclectic mix, I have selected O.A. Post Co’s luxury, unisex Swiss watches with different coloured, interchangeable nylon bands. There are two colours of dial that come in both black and white. The nylon straps are available in a wide variety of hues that compliment the numerous colourations that Westwood employs in her recent collection.

The timepieces are comprised of a Swiss Quartz movement and 36 millimetre casing which is 11 millimetres thick. The brushed alloy housing makes the watch waterproof up to 96 ft and adds a flawless finish to this sophisticated design. The straps themselves come in array of colours and patterns; there is a yellow and black striped strap, a burgundy and black striped strap as well as bold, plainer straps that consist of monotone green or simple ebony. The variety in the options allows the versatility necessary for Westwood’s Spring/Summer men’s line which is hot on trend this year.

All in all, every trend this year, whether it has been introduced by the likes of Westwood and Temperley or tested out by graduates straight out of university, there is likely to be a timepiece available to match which we can use to count the seconds until it is actually Spring!

Emily Longstaff | Website

Emily is an enthusiastic journalist and reporter with an extensive background in the Art and Design industry. She has co-written an academic paper in Apparel Design supported by Westminster University and has been credited in numerous magazines and journals. Her work is widely sought after and has been redistributed over many well known websites such as Sky News online. Emily currently writes for New York publication Art Observed.

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