There are trends that are designer-led. Then there are those of another kind, the ones that sneak in while we’re scrutinising the runway and emerge from the street as if a collective memo has gone around. The jumpsuit is the latter. It’s been simmering for a while in the form of dungarees but for spring/summer 2013, designers have taken the all in one and made it their own. Their jumpsuits are an amalgamation of Charlie’s Angels, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and the all-in-ones favoured by a ’70s Abba.
Philip Lim updated the American dustbowl favourite, turning his dungarees hot pink. Kenzo went bold too in head-to-toe tropical print. Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim chose to focus their collection on “Kenzo Jungle Japan,” referencing the Jungle Jap shop that made founder Kenzo Takada famous in the ’70s. Vivienne Westwood’s jumpsuit in ornate red and gold flowers and Temperley’s in graphic scarlet and blue both worked top to toe print. Then there’s Max Mara whose utilitarian boiler suit is the practical choice (even in silk), whilst Lanvin’s one-shouldered, belted suit is a slinky alternative to the tired LBDs. Valentino went for prim and sensible, save for a slit down the front. And Eudon Choi created a futuristic space suit in silver, nailing not only the trend for jumpsuits but the season’s love affair with high-shine fabrics too.