by Isabelle Gauvin, stylist

"Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak " - Rachel Zoe

Despite the bitter cold that prevails now, runways are already packed with sunny colors and fluid materials, a pleasing preview of the hot season to come.

Emerald and Its Variations
From left to right: Fendi 1020 frame, Lacoste 629s frame and Alberta Ferretti fashion show

According to Pantone, emerald is the colour of 2013. Its variations are bright and radiant and contribute to our well being with an emphasis on harmony and balance. Often associated with jewels, emerald shades are sophisticated and luxurious and they symbolize renewal and prosperity. Concepts of hope. 

Graphic Geometry
From left to right: Prodesign Denmark 7905 frame, Lacoste 696s frame and Marc Jacobs fashion show

Marc Jacobs opts for monochrome stripes and many other designers, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Thom Browne, Emporio Armani, Dries Van Noten, Sportmax, David Koma, Daks, Jonathan Saunders and Louis Vuitton, followed suit with graphic patterns that are linear, cubic or checkered. This trend also extends to volumes since many jackets and skirts with surprising architectural proportions can be seen on the runway this season.

Animal Prints and Textures
From left to right: Prodesign Denmark 7615 frame, Michael Kors 281 frame and Erdem fashion show

Animal motifs go beyond leopard and are inspired by exotic animals such as elephants and tropical birds with Issa, tiger stripes with Kenzo and snake prints with Erdem. Expand your range of animal prints combining textures, colours and exotic patterns.

Minimalist and Sleek
From left to right: Puma PU15380 frame, Nike 7100 frame and Jil Sander fashion show

Although the 2013 season is strongly influenced by textures (hence the term "texture-tastic" to describe pearls adorning Chanel clothes and large flowers decorating several Alexander McQueen pieces), we can also observe its counterweight, sleek minimalism. Jil Sander and Celine instead offer restrained yet feminine pieces.

Isabelle Gauvin is a personal stylist for business people and professionals. A fashion speaker and TV commentator, she also creates looks for several Quebec artists and actors. In business since 2007, Isabelle Gauvin and her team firmly believe that image and style are of crucial importance in career success.

For more fashion ideas or to request her personal styling services, visit her website.

Photo credits : Vogue UK, Marchon Canada, Prodesign Denmark, Perfect Optical and Isabelle Gauvin et stylistes