Wednesday, 28 November 2012


river island spring summer 2013

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river island up's its game...

First thing I have to mention about the River Island SS13 collection is just how different it is from anything else I've seen on the press day circuit so far this year. No ghastly neons, no overuse of the nautical trend, no extreme boho looks or ridiculous uber girly pastels and best of all no horrible granny florals. I've been disappointed with the previous River Island Spring/Summer collections and talked about them in posts before. I always think their Autumn Winter stuff is amazing but come spring it just falls flat. I feel this season they very much focused more on a more fashion forward look rather than sticking to those same trends that come round every year. It's refreshing and I really do think they've done so well. I can also see a lot of catwalk influence in these collections, especially shows that I saw while I was at London Fashion Week. I've really seen River Island evolve over the past few years into a shop I used to think was full of tat to one of my favourite shops. Every season I'm surprised and impressed with what they have to offer and they show no signs of slowing down.

I've made a video of when I was there to go alongside this post which you can see above or on my Youtube Channel!

The collections for River Island Spring Summer are:

Road Trip: This collection embraces the wild west with a fusion of buttery leathers, suedes and fringing. Key to this look is heavy layering but in soft, sheer and romantic fabrics and then toughened up with harsher materials to finish. Think fringed kimonos chucked over sheer maxi's, oversized embroidered lightweight scarves. The key colours include creams, blacks, tans and flashes of ochre and red to give pops of colour. Prints within the trend seem to have a heavy Western feel.

Denim Couture: This collection presents the mixture of textures and fabric in cool colour palettes of blue and white to give it a fresh, ultramodern feel. Super soft jersey and denim are combined to create reworked jeans, skirts and jackets. River Island has mixed their core denim range with embellished tops, heavily beaded skirts and jumpsuits.

Army Lux: This trend focuses on the outdoors with a fashion forward modern luxe feel. Classic jumpsuits are given an urban edge in oriental patterns. Khaki satin shorts are mixed with metallic to create a modern twist on military. While subtle trims, snakeskin and embellishment all add to the glamourous feel to create more evening looks.

Retro: Inspired by the 50's and 60's this look is ladylike, soft and heavily influenced by the popularity of vintage fashion. Here the trend mixes 50's inspired skirts and leather jackets to bring a futuristic vintage vibe to the looks. This trend focuses a lot on pastel colours (think fondant pink, soft blues and creamy violets), embellished dresses, adorned clutches, decorative hats and block heels.

Space Mono: This is my favourite collection that brings together sportswear mixed with sharp tailoring. Very minimalist in its approach, the looks are controlled but also feminine in a variety of textures and fabrics. The collection is predominantly black and white with hints of neon popping through in places. The trend has a 90's street style vibe going through it with cropped sports tops and baggy trousers and high top trainers. Accessories for this look include trainers, baseball caps and oversized clutches.
What are your thoughts on the collection? Yes, or No? Or is it just too soon to be thinking about S/S!

32 comments:

  1. good god I want everything!!!

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  2. I really like the look of the new collection. So much more interesting than the previous S/S River Island stuff! Not so sure about the strait jacket-y contraption, though! X

    (www.thedayoffdiaries.com)

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  3. Everything looks great! Especially loving the hat in the top picture, hehe xxx

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  4. Wow! Love all the accessories/shoes/bags/jewellery! Those massive fringed layered necklaces are amazing, makes me excited for summer and festivals :)

    http://samyasays.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. Everything looks really great :)

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  6. ah these collections look great! very different from most others I've seen. I love that it's mostly darker colors even though it's spring/summer.
    xx
    Rebecca @ trbcca.blogspot.com

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  7. I'm actually in love with these photos
    It looks so goood!!
    Can't wait for it to hit the shops
    http://shradhaloves.blogspot.co.uk/
    S xx

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  8. oh my gosh this looks amazing! i'm not normally a big river island fan but WOW!

    highsocietyfashion.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. OMG amazing!!! xx

    xelliealicex.blogspot.com

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  10. love the video you made to go alongside the post! i think all these collections look amazing and i really like all of the pieces you've shown. although it's a bit early to be thinking about s/s (we haven't even had christmas yet!), i'm already excited for this stuff to hit the shops so i can go and check them out in person! X

    http://theenglishgirl.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. Im so excited for the s/s collection!! Looks amazing! xo

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  12. This post has made me unbelievably excited for this range, I want everrrrything!

    http://houseofbelle.blogspot.com

    X RB

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  13. Finally a S/S range with no neon or pastels, I can definitely get on board with this one! xx

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  14. Oh I am so glad someone else feels this way about River Island! Also, I used to also think it was full of tat, and now it is my staple highstreet shop! Love this post! so excited for 2213!! :D

    http://livvybelleloves.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. this makes me really excited for S/S 13, love the monochrome and so many other things! Exciting xx

    http://charlotteannowst.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. I love the bronze leather jacket and all the embellishment on everything! :)

    burgundybeauty.blogspot.co.uk

    xx

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  17. Wow, I always find River Island quite hit and miss with clothes, especially in the gaps between seasons, but this collection looks great! Can't wait for it to come out in stores!
    Laura xx
    http://www.alter--idem.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. There are so many nice things! Looks like my bank balance is gonna take a hit... :) x

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  19. i want so much of this! sorry bank balance!!!


    www.aztecmess.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. i need that leather jacket in my wardrobe xx

    ravingbeautyx.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. River Island are definitely on the up, looks like another good season! Totally surprised at the lack of horrid neons! xo

    iamlaurenpotts.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. woww I'm so surprised at how nice the collection is!

    http://theundersized.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. Love the paisley and lace top! wonderful photos! I know what you mean, I always thought the look of the clothes wasn't great, but over the past few seasons its really improved (:

    Remia x
    http://stylesunday.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. Really like this collection, and normally I don't like RI summer clothes, love the paisley and that blue beaded skirt is gorgeous! WANT
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. Wow, I love the embellishment and prints here. Makes me excited to move back to the UK in February and start shopping!
    Dawn xoxo
    http://justmeedee.blogspot.com

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  26. I love the brown boots in the first pic! And I agree - it's a really eye catching collection and not a standard spring/summer one x x

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  27. I usually never shop there but few pieces especially the jackets are amazing! <3 xo

    http://styleitwithme.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. I can't believe the Spring/Summer collection are out already, but everything looks so nice! xx

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  29. Loving that dolla belt, so trashy but in a good way!

    www.iwishicouldwink.blogspot.co.uk

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  30. Wow definitely stepping it up. I feel river island hasn't been very good the past few years but this collection looks really lovely

    Katie xo
    http://sugarfixxbeauty.blogspot.com

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