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Trend-spotting at Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week F/W 2013

Trend-spotting at Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week F/W 2013
Stacy Schwartz

Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week comes only twice a year. It's prime time to flaunt what you've got -- in your closet, that is. From the amount of heels teetering on icy sidewalks and bare legs shivering in the wind, it was clear that no one was going to let weather get in the way of style.

This year, we did some trend-spotting to see what some of the hottest looks of the season are, both on the runway and off. Here are some of the standout styles we noticed during this winter's most fashionable week in the Twin Cities.

See also:
Slideshow: Awesome looks from the 2013 Emerging Designers Showcase
Slideshow: Incredible looks from The Shows, February 2013
Slideshow: Third Thursday: Rockin' Retro Fashion, 2/21/13

Black and White

Gina Marie Vintage (left), Ivan Idland (middle, right)
Gina Marie Vintage (left), Ivan Idland (middle, right)
Credit: Stacy Schwartz
Fashionable guests (left, middle); Third Thursday runway look
Fashionable guests (left, middle); Third Thursday runway look
Credit: Stacy Schwartz (left, middle); Tony Nelson (right)

We may be on the cusp of spring, but black and white are still invading wardrobes in a big way. A splash of white is the perfect way to add some flair to an all-black outfit (and goodness help any brave souls trying to wear all white this time of year).

Hats

Ivan Idland design (left), looks from the Emerging Designer Showcase (middle, right)
Ivan Idland design (left), looks from the Emerging Designer Showcase (middle, right)
Credit: Stacy Schwartz (left), Tony Nelson (middle, right)

Hats are big no matter the season -- you can tell it's summer by the floppy hats flying in the wind -- but stay on the lookout for the return of the classic beret.

 

Florals

Look from the U's Junior Fashion Show
Credit: Stacy Schwartz

Florals are a spring and summer mainstay, but what you do with them can really set you apart from the crowd. This look combines old-school Hawaiian prints with a revamped and fresh crop-top style.

Trend-spotting at Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week F/W 2013
Stacy Schwartz

This look combines spring essentials and florals in an innovative, yet delicate way.

Looks from the Third Thursday runway
Looks from the Third Thursday runway
Credit: Tony Nelson

It's hard to go wrong with time-tested, vintage-approved floral.

Extravagant Gowns

Looks from the U's Junior (left) and Senior (middle, right) Fashion Shows
Looks from the U's Junior (left) and Senior (middle, right) Fashion Shows
Credit: Stacy Schwartz
Retro look from Third Thursday (left), Emerging Designer Showcase dress
Retro look from Third Thursday (left), Emerging Designer Showcase dress
Credit: Tony Nelson

Have a classy event to attend this season? Mix it up a little and try the more-is-more approach to your look. Take advantage of the special occasion to flaunt something fun in your closet.

 

Yellow

Models at the Emerging Designer Showcase (left, middle); Retro design at Third Thursday (right)
Models at the Emerging Designer Showcase (left, middle); Retro design at Third Thursday (right)
Credit: Tony Nelson

Sometimes, adding a splash of canary to a neutral-hued outfit makes a look pop. Other times, diving head-first into a retro sea of yellow is a delightful, out-of-the-ordinary treat.

Crowd looks from Red Dress Collection (left) and Emerging Designer Showcase (right)
Crowd looks from Red Dress Collection (left) and Emerging Designer Showcase (right)
Credit: Tony Nelson

These ladies know just how to stand out from the crowd without being obnoxiously neon.

Prints

Looks from The Shows (left, mid-left) and Third Thursday (mid-right, right).
Looks from The Shows (left, mid-left) and Third Thursday (mid-right, right).
Credit: Stacy Schwartz (left, mid-left); Tony Nelson (mid-right, right)

Prints are one of the easiest ways to make an outfit stand out. These styles do the trick, from classic leopard to geometric designs.

Max Lohrbach designs from The Shows.
Max Lohrbach designs from The Shows.
Credit: Stacy Schwartz

Designer Max Lohrbach embraces experimental prints, including hand-painted constellations and delicious confections. For an everyday look, these would be perfect paired with solid color palettes to let the print stand out as much as possible.

High-waisted, Wide-legged Pants

Looks from The Shows (left) and Emerging Designer Showcase.
Looks from The Shows (left) and Emerging Designer Showcase.
Credit: Stacy Schwartz (left); Tony Nelson (middle, left)

It's easy to see why these pants were part of style icon Katherine Hepburn's signature look. Classic, comfortable, and refined, this pant style can add an old-Hollywood touch to an outfit.

 

Plaid

Designs by Nicole Larson at The Shows.
Designs by Nicole Larson at The Shows.
Credit: Stacy Schwartz
Looks from the retro Third Thursday runway.
Looks from the retro Third Thursday runway.
Credit: Tony Nelson

Plaid is something that will never go out of style in Minnesota. There are tons of unique ways to rock tartan, whether it's Tim + Thom's bold blues and browns or a more subdued color combo.

Fringe

Looks from Red Dress Collection (left) and Emerging Designer Showcase.
Looks from Red Dress Collection (left) and Emerging Designer Showcase.
Credit: Tony Nelson
Crowd look from Third Thursday at the MIA.
Crowd look from Third Thursday at the MIA.
Credit: Tony Nelson

Both bold and subtle fringe made appearances on the runway this season. Long fringe was popular both in the crowds at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and on the catwalk in Mary Pranica's collection.

Check out all our coverage from Minneapolis St. Paul Fashion Week F/W 13:
Student designers give a fresh take on fashion for FLUX
Red Dress Collection takes on heart disease with glamour
Emerging Designers Showcase boasts hot fashions from new talents
MNFashion's the Shows: Night one
MNFashion's the Shows: Night two [VIDEO]
Slideshow: Hot looks from the U of M's Junior Fashion Show 2013
Slideshow: Fresh designs from the U of M's Senior Fashion Show 2013
Slideshow: Gorgeous gowns at Red Dress Collection 2013 at the Graves
Slideshow: Awesome looks from the 2013 Emerging Designers Showcase
Incredible looks from The Shows, February 2013
Slideshow: Third Thursday: Rockin' Retro Fashion, 2/21/13


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