Spring/summer fashion weeks 2013: the highlights - in pictures

The 'big four' fashion weeks are over. As the dust settles on New York, London, Milan and Paris, Lauren Cochrane picks her top 10 looks from Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Prada and more
Best of Autumn fashion: LFW SS2013: Jonathan Saunders Catwalk
Jonathan Saunders
Saunders's collection was all about mixing glamour with daywear. The hologrammic pieces will gleam in photoshoots, while the sequinned knitted skirtsuit is destined for the front row.
Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images
Photograph: Ian Gavan/Action images
Best of Autumn fashion: LFW SS2013: Christopher Kane Catwalk
Christopher Kane
If anyone can conjure up a fashion collection from Frankenstein, it’s Kane. His nuts-and-bolts collection mixed horror with heart-melting prettiness.
Photograph: Tim Whitby/Getty Images
Best of Autumn fashion: Balenciaga Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2013
Nicolas Ghesquiere has built Balenciaga into a label for thinking women. This season they were thinking about sex. See short tops and coquettish frills.
Photograph: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Best of Autumn fashion: Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Marc Jacobs
Skirt suits got a hip makeover in Marc Jacobs’s lightning-quick show. Frilled collars, eyeliner and flats added a young, beatnik vibe.
Photograph: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Best of Autumn fashion: Chanel: Paris Fashion Week Ready to Wear S/S 2013
Karl Lagerfeld quietly (for him, anyway) showed he’s still top dog in Paris. This fun, light and young collection was a triumph. hula hoop bag
Photograph: Christophe Karaba/EPA
Best of Autumn fashion: Marni Milan Fashion Week Womenswear S/S 2013
Traditionally known for print, Marni stripped back its aesthetic this season. The white shirting and pajama pieces looked just the thing for spring.
Photograph: Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images
Best of Autumn fashion: Prada Spring/Summer 2013 collection in Milan
Although she denied the reference to Japan, Miuccia Prada featured tabi socks, graphic flowers and origami folds in the label's spring 2013 collection. Expect to see red blooms sprouting on the high street.
Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters
Best of Autumn fashion: Stella McCartney Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2013
Stella McCartney
Mixing sheer fabrics, bright Ellsworth Kelly-ish colours and casual classics such as sweatshirt shapes, McCartney once again nailed her commercial-but-cool look.
Photograph: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Best of Autumn fashion: Louis Vuitton  Spring/Summer 2013 Paris Fashion Week
Louis Vuitton
With models in yellow-and-black checkerboard descending escalators in pairs, Louis Vuitton was a zesty wakeup call on the last day of the season.
Photograph: Sipa USA/Rex Features
Best of Autumn fashion: Christian Dior Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring / Summer 2013
Christian Dior
Mixing the ladylike heritage of Christian Dior with his own leanings towards the abstract, Raf Simons’s debut ready-to-wear collection looked very modern indeed.
Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images


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