Get ahead of the game with our preview of what brands have in store for spring, starting with womenswear’s bright outlook.
Name Angela Missoni
Job title Creative director
Design Inspired by the American Ivy League university wardrobe, the freshness of preppy styles mixes with 1950s rockabillies. A little Lolita, a little bon ton girl – the essence of this collection stands in this contrast.
Colours College campus T-shirts and polos. The first theme has apple green, Yale blue, Harvard red, Princeton dark orange, an Oxford grey and, as always, black and white. The second theme has yellow, powder pink, ivy green and raspberry.
Fabrics Jacquards and silks doubled with light jersey, waved jerseys and cotton faille, kept modern with trendy shapes and silhouettes. Silks and crêpe de chine in solid colours or colourful prints.
Silhouettes Shapes and proportions inspired by the 1950s, reinterpreted in an ironic twist, as it is in the brand DNA. Pleated skirts and blazers, tartan or Vichy patterns and polka dots all feature.
Prices In line with the previous season, £39 to £196.
Name Mette Kristine Gaughan
Job Title Creative head of womenswear
Design Fever Ray’s music video When I Grow Up is a reference for the maypole palette, while suggesting witchcraft and white magic synonymous with Religion’s rebelliousness. Our Prey distressed denim and White Magic tie-dye stories are key.
Colours Contrasting bright and sombre shades. Dazzling blue, crab apple and molten lava provide a burst of colour to distressed tones of opal grey, cameo rose and black ink.
Fabrics Relaxed fabrics such as linen, slub yarns and handmade textiles are toughened up with over-dyed and stone-washed denims, and torn distressed leather.
Silhouettes Long lines with layering of textures, leathers and knits with more lightweight pieces for warmer weather. Pieces like the skater dress provide more feminine silhouettes. Mini skirts are given an edge with distressing and hand-painted sequins.
Prices In the same price range as last season.
Name Gordon Giers
Job title Designer
Design The collection is divided into three parts: Mods, Sports and 1960s Inspirations. Mods looks to black and white with a strong tailoring direction; Sports looks to shades of green combined with denim; and 1960s sees authentic Closed stripes in white and orange, in addition to pinstripes and mini all-over graphic prints.
Colours White and black, orange, and shades of blue.
Fabrics A wide range of stretch and non-stretch denims in different shades of blue. Chino twill and coloured denim is important, with all-over print and different colours and washings. For tops, the collection offers plenty of material mixes with jersey and knit combined with silk. On jackets, leather and bonded fabrics are very important.
Silhouettes The trousers are still slim in the first part, and most of the styles are cropped (very mod). Tops have relaxed fits.
Prices Same price calculations as autumn 12.
Name Samia Amrani
Job title Head of design, development and production
Design The Charli woman creates her own stylish look by mixing and matching our easy-to-wear trendy pieces. There is always a design twist – this season the stripes are worked as graphic features: playing with directions to create graphic effects, and mixed with solid colours. Fabrics are our focus when developing our offer and you can find novelty blends (linen viscose mélange, cashmere etc).
Colours Neutrals with accents: bright grey, taupe, blues and chalk are mixed with bright peach, Caribbean blue and a variety of greens – with lots of white.
Fabrics Ultra-feminine drapey tops cut in luxurious jerseys mix with exclusive linen mélange, developed on our request. Original washes of linen jersey offer a comfy, worn-out look. Matt sequins on MicroModal encase our sense of luxury.
Silhouettes Soft, drapery, relaxed.
Prices £20 to £45. We’ve worked hard to maintain our price points.
Name Olivia Bassett
Job title Designer
Design A voyage to the Nile sums up the ideas behind our spring collection. We looked at jungle exploration and desert expeditions, for practical clothing inspiration. This season’s designs also include a few gilets, giving a new twist on a classic shape.
Colours A base of natural beiges and tan complements the light blues and glossy jungle tones that brighten the range.
Fabrics Hard-wearing cotton drills and cords, with cotton chambray for a lighter, fresh summer look. For the first time we have looked at bonding fabrics, rather than quilting, to show Lavenham’s versatility.
Silhouettes We’ve tried to keep a slim silhouette for men and women, keeping new styles shorter and often sleeveless.
Prices No changes – £38 to £100.
Name Sarah Lawrenson
Job title Head of womenswear and childrenswear
Design Print is still very important. We have a print story in each tier of women’s product. We’ve introduced a new collection of clothing and accessories utilising prints inspired by flowers traditionally grown in British cottage gardens. We are also launching a Dress Tartan collection, based on one of Barbour’s original exclusive tartans.
Colours Navy, apple, bark, chilli red, lavender mist.
Fabrics A new range of casual jackets in washed cotton and new styles made from washed wax-cotton fabrics. These bring a vintage, worn, relaxed feel to summer parkas and classic styles.
Silhouettes Archive trench and parka styles inspired many of our designs. In our Barbour International area, our heritage motorcycling garments provided the inspiration.
Prices Our prices are still being confirmed.
Name Clare Nepal
Job title Creative director
Design Our key design themes for spring 13 are sporty nautical, 1950s, atomic pastels and culture clash packages. These all represent a fresh feel for the brand in the upcoming season. We try to remain true to the customer and the brand using unique prints, fabrics, textures and styles. Sporty nautical will be the obvious winner commercially but we feel confident our new sorbet and pastel shades will also excite the customer.
Colours Sorbet and pastel shades of lemon, coral, blues and mints mixed with navy, beiges and earth tones.
Fabrics There is more texture and shine added, using Lurex yarn within our knitwear and textured woven fabrics. We are also using more natural fibres, which are great for the summer.
Silhouettes Peplums will still be key in addition to bustier-style dresses with sheer panels, feature collars, hi-lo hems, our cute matching jacket and shorts and any retro shapes that we love here in the Yumi design studio.
Prices £5 to £34. We’re always reviewing our wholesale prices to ensure we remain competitive.
Name Regine Ellis
Job title Creative director
Design We’ve taken inspiration from 1960s vintage glamour – the smart tailoring and chic detailing. Jackie Kennedy was a major style icon for us.
Colours Pastels, pale pinks and dusty blues are key colours used on tailored jackets and interwoven into our striking prints. Creams and ivories have also been pivotal to our palette.
Fabrics Tweed is an archetypal British fabric. We’ve introduced a light summer version with intricate detailing. Our lace jacket and overlaid dresses have become a key style and we’ve brought this through into spring 13 with outfits in monochrome shades.
Silhouettes Elegantly slim, tailored occasionwear, with dresses that nip in at the waist creating a naturally feminine shape.
Prices Our prices remain consistent.
Name Jane Lewis
Job Title Creative director
Design We’ve increased our dresses offer for spring. The collection includes updated designs of our classic tunic shapes, shift shapes, pencil shapes as well as a new, more ‘retro feminine’ silhouette. As ever, the basis of the collection is clean lines, balance and symmetry. We always design with our specific customer in mind. She is looking for timeless modern classics that are versatile yet stand out.
Colours For spring 13 we’ve increased our colour palette once again due to demand. A pale base of cream, nude and white with the palest apricot, highlighted by grass green, cobalt, coral and hot pink.
Fabrics Our classic wool crêpe, gauze linen, embroidered florals, macramé, geometric jacquard and silk.
Silhouettes Key new silhouettes for the season are wide high-waisted palazzo trousers teamed with fitted blouses – Katharine Hepburn-esque. Also waisted dresses with full skirts and raised shoulders – a very feminine look.
Prices Dresses are from £141 wholesale. As always, we’ve worked hard to maintain our prices.