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Laura’s Choice: London Fashion Week AW14 Round Up

I just adore London Fashion week. The anticipation of seeing the new collections from my favourite designers, the buzz of the beautifully dressed milling around Somerset house, and the general air of glitz and glamour that lights up London for a few days.  Of course I always look first to the models’ never ending legs, and thankfully the AW14 shows didn’t disappoint- there was an abundance of hosiery on display…

The Trend: Patterned Tights

Seen at: Vivienne Westwood, Meadham Kirchhoff, Daks

Vogue warned us it was coming, Carole Middleton leapt to the fore of the fash pack in hers, and now the catwalks have verified it: patterned tights are a bona fide trend for AW14.  And it seems that whatever your style, you can find a pair to suit – Vivienne Westwood teamed her bold triangular tribal patterned tights with 80s power suits and lashings of leather, while Meadham Kirchhoff went for a subtler fairisle style pattern, teamed with blazers and side parted hair for a schoolgirl-esque look, and Daks upped the ante on their heritage style with stand out tartan tights.

Get the Look: Pamela Mann Triangle Suspender Tights, Wolford Lynne Tights, Pamela Mann Fairisle Tights

Vivienne Westwood show, Autumn Winter 2014, London Fashion Week, Britain - 16 Feb 2014

The Trend: Black Opaque Tights

Seen at: Giles, Vita Gottlieb

Perhaps surprisingly due to the prominence of black sheers we’ve seen this season, opaques seemed to be the name of the game at LFW (aside from Alice Temperley, who layered black sheer tights under everything.  Kardashian clan member Kendall Jenner strutted down the Giles catwalk in a pair, with the whole Giles catwalk packed full of thick black tights teamed with ultra practical brogues and woollen beanies in a chic monochrome palette.  Vita Gottlieb went for a more striking look, with structured silhouettes taking pride of place on the runway, finished with heels and opaquer-than-opaque jet black tights.

Get the Look: Falke Soft Merino Wool Tights, Trasparenze Cortina 100D Tights

The Trend: Neutral Socks

Seen at:  Rokasanda Illincic, Topshop, Bora Aksu, Christopher Raeburn, Antipodium

Socks were everywhere for yet another season at LFW – for me, Antipodium were one of the winners, teaming grey ankle socks with t-bar shoes and a Romanesque palette of burnt orange, bronze and steely grey.  Away from the Roman holiday, I also loved the look at Bora Aksu, where grey/black ankle socks were teamed with feminine silhouettes in vibrant hues.

There were plenty of variations on the theme – Christopher Raeburn went for anthracite knee high socks to complement his military theme, while Topshop opted for thick knee high pushed down to the ankle, legwarmer style, in muted beige tones with midi dresses and fur coats.  By and large it looks as though the trend for bright and pastel ankle socks won’t continue past spring into the autumn, though Alice Temperley again swam against the current and incorporated a colour pop blue pair into her show.

Get the Look: Trasparenze Monique Socks, Falke Family Short Socks

Daks show, Autumn Winter 2014, London Fashion Week, Britain - 14 Feb 2014
The Trend: Coloured Tights

Seen at: Michael Van Der Ham, Orla Kiely, Daks

Speaking of colour, there was no lack of it at Fashion Week, with Michael Van Der Helm putting all others to shame with his array of 60s style looks, all finished with bright coloured tights in orange, while and yellow and plenty of organza detailing.  I also loved Daks’ burgundy tights set in an autumnal palette with plenty of heritage overtones (though the bearskins are just a step too far for me).

Orla Kiely’s show was a tongue in cheek reference to the notoriously dreadful weather in her native Ireland – models carried umbrellas and teamed raincoats with coloured tights in white, white and brown. It’s easy to see why Kate Middleton’s such a fan of the designer’s work!

Get the Look: Pamela Mann 50D Coloured Tights, Falke Pure Matt 100D Tights

Michael van der Ham show, Autumn Winter 2014, London Fashion Week, Britain - 17 Feb 2014
The Trend: Hold Ups

Seen at: Tom Ford, Temperley

Statement fishnet stockings were seen at the Tom Ford show – covered at the front with skin tight pencil skirts which were slashed up the back to reveal the tops.
I also spotted hold ups layered under sheer floor length gowns at Alice Temperley, who had taken her collection in a whole new bohemian direction.

Get the look: Levante Fishnet Hold Ups, Falke Peacock Lunelle Hold Ups

We’ll be selecting our A/W fashion collections soon, so I’ll be using all my LFW inspiration to help me narrow down the vast selection.  And of course I can’t wait to see how the highstreet interprets these trends – and incorporate them into my own wardrobe!

Until next week…



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Tartan Army

Favoured by the style elite and cherished by editors and stylists, there?s only one print that?s on the agenda this season. Originally claimed by British designer Vivienne Westwood as the pattern to remind everyone that you mean business, tartan is now covering ankles & legs at the speed of light. Without a hint of Highland fling, the traditional print has been given a contemporary makeover, as pops of colour and bolder lines have all been used to bring a little cheer to your hosiery drawer.Tartan

It?s not just me that has a penchant for it either, as the likes of Alexander McQueen and Moschino heavily featured the chequered print on their AW13 catwalks, paving the way for a wave of tartan tributes. But rather than overhauling your wardrobe to accommodate the trend, I prefer to let my choice of hosiery do the talking. Purse friendly and perfect for those who are hesitant about investing, tartan hosiery is ideal for breaking up a uniform of black, and giving tired footwear a makeover.

If you?re pining to jump on the trend bandwagon, then the Jackson Plaid Tights are a must. Made from a soft & stretchy 40 denier, the opaque tights have a printed tartan design that runs the full length of your legs. Loud, bold & colourful, these are available in four different shades to appease any tartan appetite. From quirky mustard to a more traditional red check, there?s bound to be a colour for you. For that ?Pamela Mann? touch, you?ll find that the vivid flashes of neon colours make an appearance, keeping your look unique. For a pared down style that will work for the office and bar, wear your tartan tights with a simple shift dress and knee high boots, allowing just a flash of the print to be seen.

Too much, too soon? If you?re gingerly embracing the trend, then perhaps the subtle approach is best for first timers. Great for those weary of a top to toe look, the short and sweet Tartan Ankle Socks from Pamela Mann are ideal. Still packing a tartan punch, the hosiery ankle socks can be dressed up or down ? and come with a friendly price tag too.? For the pattern-weary, try styling these socks underneath trousers or jeans, stepping into strappy sandals or brogues.?Tartan

For a charming take on the trend, the Diagonal Tartan Tights from Pamela Mann are just the ticket. Perfect for party season (and the fast approaching festive one!), the plaid pattern wraps around your legs diagonally this time for a quirky touch. Warm enough to keep dropping temperatures at bay, these can be worn during bouts of sunnier weather too, making them the ideal all rounder. Chic and contemporary, these will look fab when styled with courts and a LBD. To balance your ensemble out, be sure to keep accessories minimal.

However, if you?re still not entirely won over by the print, then perhaps seek tartan inspiration from the likes of YSL. Featured on their AW13 catwalk, the fashion house teamed their tartan dresses with demure polka dot tights. I also love to style my tartan skirt with fishnet tights ? another key trend for the season. But as seen on the likes of Cara Delevingne and Victoria Beckham, I have a feeling that tartan is here to stay…


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