Joe Zee's Fashion Forecast: Hottest Trends for 2013

As creative director for Elle magazine, Joe Zee has an insider's look at what's hot in fashion long before the trends hit the stores.

Today Zee stopped by " Good Morning America" to give a sneak peek at what's "in" and "out" for 2013.

Read below to find out the three trends Zee says will be everywhere in the New Year, as well as the four staple items every woman should have in her wardrobe.

Joe Zee's 2013 Fashion Trends


Lace was huge on the runways for spring. Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Bottega Veneta and Burberry were some of the best examples. It is definitely a return to delicate, feminine dressing. I love the idea of lace detailing on skirts, pants and coats. Lace tops are great to pair with a structured blazer to offset the sweetness. A super easy way to integrate the lace trend into spring is a lace tight!

On model: Erdem blue lace long sleeve top and blue lace over yellow snakeskin-paneled full skirt.


Sixties graphic prints like stripes and checkerboard were huge on the spring runways. Most notable were the Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton shows, both designed by Marc Jacobs. Strong prints were sent down the runway in all silhouettes, from gowns to minis to suit sets. The best way to integrate this into your spring wardrobe is piece by piece. A strong jacket or blazer pairs well with a dark jean or cropped pant where as a skirt or pant goes well with a classic button down or a super soft t-shirt in black or white. You can keep your whole outfit graphic and on trend without turning into an optical illusion!

On model: Marc Jacobs black-and-white striped blazer and skirt.


We saw grunge in a different way this past show season at Dries Van Noten, Ashish, Anna Sui and 3.1 Phillip Lim. It is equal parts slouchy and girly with a great mix of patterns and proportions. It's about a balance of texture and toughness. We loved Phillip Lim's show where he showed soft floral with structured, reinterpreted biker jackets.

For spring, layer a great knit over a delicate dress and add a great boot. Mixing prints like floral and plaid with a solid in between is also a great way to step into this trend!

On model: 3.1 Phillip Lim floral dress and textured biker jacket.

Joe Zee's Four Wardrobe Must-Haves

1) A black leather moto jacket. This is an Elle wardrobe staple for all seasons. Leather adds great texture and toughness to almost all pieces of a woman's wardrobe. Cool with jeans, pencil skirts or over dresses. We saw spring-weight leather at many shows this past season - always a great investment piece.

2) Skinny dark jeans (slim cut). Denim finds its way onto every runway season and it's why it's on our trend list each season. Dark denim is seasonless and a necessary addition for spring. Pair it with a blazer or leather and add accessories to go from day to night.

3) A blouse or skirt with ruffle detail. Ruffles and romantic details were huge this spring! Tone it down with a ruffle detail on a blouse for a bit of romance without being overwhelming.

4) A structured blazer. Another major trend this past spring was suiting. We love the idea of breaking up a suit to still keep it cool! Pair it with jeans and a t-shirt to keep the ease.