London as usual stepped up its game to once again show how it is one of the most stylish and influential cities when it comes to fashion. As countless designers showed their apparently ‘wearable’ collections, there are some trends that will undoubtedly filter down to the high street chains. The front row (or FROW) for most shows was of course packed with an array of various celebrities and bloggers, documenting the incredible events which the designers assign so much time to organizing.
Top trends to inspire you:
Though the clothes you see in the fashion shows are often over the top and exaggerated in colour and proportion, these are the looks that will influence what we wear in the future.
Faux fur was once again a key trend shown in many catwalk shows. However, this time the fur was brighter and bolder with a touch of colour.
It wouldn’t be a successful fashion week without a nod to a previous decade. This fashion week was no exception. Think of jumpsuits, slightly flared trousers and long-sleeved short dresses.
This look can be quite daring, however in a small quantity, such as on a bag or jacket, it can add an interesting focal point to a look. Bohemian fashion was definitely a major trend at LFW.
Colour and print:
‘Think Pink’ was definitely the message a lot of designers presented in London. Prints were also a big focal point for main collections, clashing prints or textures were also seen. These trends can easily be adapted for everyday style, with florals hitting the high street already for Spring.
And those to avoid:
Have you ever looked at pictures from fashion shows and been amazed that these items are referred to as ‘wearable’ designs? Well London Fashion Week was no exception. As ever, there are many looks which I doubt will catch on in the near future. Though there are trends that can be adapted for the high street or for everyday outfits, all of these need to be done in moderation.
Some designers may have taken their concept a little too far… This can be especially said for some of the outfits showcased by Julien Macdonald who embraced gothic glamour and Marko Mitanovski also embraced this bondage theme by sending models down the runway wearing full fishnet bodysuits. These looks are definitely ones to approach with caution.
The Diversion collection:
Anya Hindmarch’s talent when it comes to designing cannot be doubted, however, this most recent collection is bold. Many celebrities have been seen sporting various stickers and logos on handbags, but the whole collection as a whole, inspired by Britain’s motorways was very unique. Personally I am not convinced that a handbag with a speed camera printed on it is a lasting trend or treasurable item…
Though colour blocking can create a very successful and bold look, this is definitely a trend to be cautious of. Roksanda Ilincic is a master of colour blocking, this look wouldn’t translate well into everyday style. Instead try to opt for one or two bright pieces, instead of a whole outfit.
I may be missing a key trend here, but I doubt many of the makeup looks seen at LFW will catch on. At Dora Abodi, models faces were painted white all over and tiny polkadots were applied using marker pen creating a Dalmatian look. Perhaps one to save for fancy dress.