Next month, the Fashion world will begin the bi-annual round of fashion shows. Brands and designers form London, New York, Milan and Paris will show off their collections for autumn/winter 2013. If you think this will only denote autumn colours and woolly hats you are far from what is likely to be shown. Winter and early spring collections now include miniskirts and sunglasses to name but two. It is not the case that designers are getting confused at all as it is now part of a much bigger trend towards a seasonless style.
With money being tight and people trying to be more careful with their spending there is a trend to mix and match with old and new giving a lift to an older outfit and bringing it up to date by copying fashion ideas from the experts. Mix and match is the order of the day and it is quite amazing what a little thought can do to a slightly tired look. Never be afraid to experiment. Handbags, shoes, belts, Lurex sweaters and dresses in brocade or jacquard fabrics all feature different degrees of shimmer. Be bold and create your own styles that can be worn from late winter and into spring.
So could this spell the end of the seasonal fashion show? Probably not but its function will evolve. Instead of selling clothes, the catwalk is now about exposure. High-fashion brands have started to take note of fast-fashion retailers such as Zara where deliveries are small and often, with stock delivered twice a week, for instant access fashion.