FW13 Trend Report: Two Tone


Kris Van Assche & Shaun Samson

Things are a-changing next season. The popular two tone trend will be receiving a monstrous face lift for FW13. Gradients, color blocking, dip dye - these are ideas that come to mind when people think of two tone patterns. Usually two tone pieces will have two colors meeting each other at a given point on a piece, but next season we're getting a different look. Designers are exploring the combination of two fabrics as opposed to the common combination of two colors. Color combos are not being tossed to the wayside despite what next season's trend is looking like. Fendi combined evergreen, a color of next season, and grey on an outerwear piece, John Varvatos dip dyed a dark charcoal blazer with a shade of blue, Richard Nicoll toyed with two tones on a grey suit, and Shaun Samson combined Burgundy and the vibrant red that is also a trend color of next season.

Brands like Valentino and Versace ventured on a new route by combining knitwear and plaid, respectively, into their pieces. Tim Coppens tinkered with knitwear as well, Kris Van Assche mixed a pullover hoodie with a buttoned shirt, Issey Miyake combined colors and fabrics on one of his blazer pieces, and Christopher Shannon went vertical by splitting the sweater down the middle from the neck down. Half graphic, half basic. The two tone trend is jumping out of the box next season in a good way, and it even has us thinking about what we'll be seeing soon from SS14. But until then we'll be waiting the FW13 goods. What two tone piece do you have your eyes set on?


John Varvatos & Tim Coppens

Issey Miyake & Fendi

Versace & Richard Nicoll

Christopher Shannon & Valentino