During the recent October Dallas Apparel & Accessories Market, Retail Fashion Consultant Gregor Simmons, of Gregor Simmons Ltd., shared these trends for Spring 2013. Here are some highlights:

Nostalgia defines Spring 2013. Not retro, but nostalgia that offers a feeling of familiarity and comfort – easy shapes, clean lines, stunning but thoughtful details, trims and textures in a wide assortment of fabrics. Optimism is expressed in a riot of color and Sportwear dominates.

Trend categories include Tropical Paradise that is lush and luxurious, Garden Party (nature themes, controlled yet wild), Festival Glam (rock n’ roll Biker Chic) and Olympiad (athletic inspirations and technical fabrics).

Lace is everywhere, so are laser cuts and perforations. The blazer is long or cropped, but shaped with contrast lining and trims. There’s lots of back interest of garments, such as chiffon on shirts, illusion, bows, twists and knots at bra level, color slashed inserts, gathers and rusching. The skinny crop rules and shorts are tapered Bermuda or short/fuller almost athletic. Tap shorts in soft fabrics and boy shorts continue. Shirts are strong, either slimmer tunics or fitted classics in an array of fabrics and trims. Skirts are knee length, pencil, structured and slits show the legs. Peplums continue. Tops and tees are boxy, cropped, cotton fronts and silk or mesh backed, angel sleeves. Blue denim is trending again in jeans as are novelty, printed, glazed, foiled, laminated, tye-dyed, marbleized, cold water washed and ombre. Knit sweaters are more controlled and cleaner and used over dresses. Importance is in the trims – elbow patches, ribbon, buttons and textures. Cotton is the new cashmere. Dresses are most the “newscaster” type (sheaths and shifts) or very June Cleaver.

Trims include exposed zippers, studs, braid, neon piping, bold and chunky pailettes and beading, embroidery, fringe and feathers, leather lace, illusion mesh and sheers and ombre, jungle animals, snake/lizard, lace, blurred Ikat and hand knot. Details and graphics include stripes, animal, jungle vegetation, dots, patchwork, flowers, glazes on all types of fabrics and basket weave, raffia or tweed brocade textures.

Fabrics for spring are cotton, lace, silk, jersey, raffia, laminated/coated fabrics, ponte, denim, chiffon, mesh, feather weight tropical wool, cotton knit/tee shirt fabric, sweat and lightweight fleece.

Color categories are:

Earth Daze
- Nude, cement, beige, olive, tan, grass, lemon, soft orange, pale yellow, apricot and terracotta
- Aquatic/Cosmic, sea and air
- Aqua, teal, sea glass green, clear gray, ice/cloud
- Blue, white, navy, celery

Tropic Insanity
- Hot pink, orange, intense neon primary colors, cobalt, leaf green, sun yellow, purples, white, sand, red magenta, flamingo pink, tangy melon

Powder Puff
- Dusty pastels, pale pink, cloud, icy, frosty green, shimmer gold/silver, optic whites, dove