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London Fashion Week Review

The Fashion Month began in New York where designers began to reveal the trends for next season. Now Fashion week has descended to London, and the fashionista’s are desperate to see what the likes of Sass & Bide, PPQ, House of Holland, Julien Macdonald, Vivienne Westwood, Matthew Williamson, Mulberry, Erdem, Nicole Farhi, Christopher Kane and Burberry Prorsum have in store for us. Now that we are on Day 5 of London Fashion Week we can begin to unravel the trends that will be taking centre stage next summer and keep you ahead of the pack with our inside knowledge!

Seventies style

We’re moving away from the Fifties inspired trend this autumn to a Seventies vibe next spring which dominated the catwalk shows of Mulberry and Basso & Brooke. They dressed their models in high waisted wide-leg and flared trousers with white sheer shirts – a common trend at most of the catwalk shows.

Colour trends

The colours that have been paraded down the catwalk make a varied palette for your spring/summer wardrobe with summery hues such as romantic rose pinks, pure white, cream, blushed peach, lemon, pale blues, lilac, greens and yellows to heavier, bolder colours like burnt orange, cobalt, reds and black with smattering’s of khaki, silver and greys. This varied palette will mean that no matter what skin tone you may have you will be spoilt for choice!

Prints: Animal and Floral

Prints and patterns are still a key trend for next season with Animal print patterns being championed but on a much smaller and discreet scale with leopard, tiger and snake skin making an appearance. House of Holland had Palm leaf prints that had an extremely calming effect on his dresses – a polar opposite to Basso & Brooke’s opulent pairing of juxtaposing floral and calligraphy patterns used simultaneously in their garments.

The key shapes

We’ll still be wearing high waisted skirts, shorts and trousers next spring in various styles, with peg shaped and harem/parachute trousers a favourite.  Skirts will be in skater and pleated styles both in thigh skimming and mid-calf to ankle lengths meaning no matter what your legs look like there will be a skirt to suit you.

Must-have fabrics

Designer’s dressed their models in chiffons, silks, thin knits, and denim with Vivienne Westwood adding thicker fabrics like tweed into the mix. The All Woman trend this Autumn/Winter has been updated to a Feminine Romanticism with the use of chiffons and silks with ruffles, petal textures and sheer fabrics making perfect additions to ankle skimming and mid-calf length maxi dresses.

This season’s layering trend has also been continued with Richard Nicoll, Julien Macdonald and Acne layering outfits in similar colours with white on white and red on red in sheer fabrics.

Hosiery

Hosiery wise we have noticed that ankle socks with brogues or sandals are still on trend as Daks and Louise Gray have shown. Charles Anastase used sheer green and black tights to complement his dishevelled chic style.

We we can start planning for those spring and summer months of sunshine and heat in some glorious clothes!

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