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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

London Fashion Week’s Top Ten Trends

The Top Ten Trends from this year’s London Fashion Week:

1. Metallics


Metallics are back in a big way – and not just as eveningwear. Sequins and metallic leather were everywhere. Burberry owned the trend with its finale of trenches in Quality Street wrapper shades. Metallic nails are a good way of wearing the trend as daywear or outside party season. Leighton Denny’s Starlet – a dirty glittery gold is a favourite shade.

2. 3D Florals


For Spring/Summer 2013 florals have been given a 3D effect. At the Erdem show (above) florals were appliqued onto broderie anglaise dresses and picked out in fluoresent cottons in pink and orange. The effect was of stand-away flowers. Clements Ribeiro’s shirt collars were trimmed with camelias made from large pallettes. Plum sequin flowers were sewn down a silk top and trouser outfit at House of Holland.

3. Oranges and Lemons


From lemon yellow to dirty mustard and clementine to fluoro orange, London was bright with citrus hues this Fashion Week. Accents of acid yellow highlighted the outfits at Pringle of Scotland (above left). Topshop Unique showed a springitme yellow trouser suit while Antipodium showcased a bright orange dress. JW Anderson (centre) put both shades together with its mustard yellow and burnt orange top and skirt combination and Roksanda Ilincic cut the two together in her dresses which also spliced the decades in their inspiration with a distinctly 20s/70s feel.

4. Model of the Moment

Jordan Dunn, as popular at the shows as the other model of the moment – Cara Delevigne, but still no solo Vogue cover – makes you question why.

5. Sports Mad


With the London Olympics not too far away in our memories, London Fashion Week paid its own tribute to the great sporting event. David Koma’s tennis nets and racket grip heels; Antonio Berardi and David Nicoll’s Aertex dresses and Rag and Bone’s rally-driving inspired collection all paid homage.

6. The Bomber Jacket


Slouchy blazers are out, and following in the wake of the Men’s Autumn/Winter 2012 shows, the bomber jacket is in – for ladies. Jonathan Saunders (above) showed a series of colour block satin bombers worn with matching bra tops or dresses. At Nicole Farhi the bomber countered the prettiness of the dresses on show.

7. Sheer


Sheer organza appeared in many of the Fashion Week collections. Christopher Kane layered a prom-length translucent organza dress over a structured mini dress (centre) to create a demure yet cool look. Dion Lee married panels of organza to stiffened cotton for a fresh sporty look. At Giles (left), organza was printed with the image of shattered glass and pleated, creating a quivering, almost sculpture-like finish. 

8. Prints



Prints got clever for Spring/Summer 2013. Maarten van der Horst's witty take on the humble Tesco plastic bag produced a print that made you do a double take. Preen, showing back in London for the first time in five years, sliced together Breton stripes with a digital image of a snakeskin jacket that one-half of design duo Thea Bregazzi owned in the 80s. It piqued the interest in snakeskin again – sandwiched with stripe and rendered in silk chiffon, it looked modern.

9. Shoe Shapes



By day two of London fashion week, the front runner for shoe trend of the season was anything with an ankle strap. Seen in glossy patent at Paul Smith (above), with furry heels at Michael Van Der Ham (designed by shoe maestro Christian Louboutin) and in peep-toe platform style at Matthew Williamson, to name but a few. This is an easy trend to do now – Zara has a great selection of ankle strap styles already in store.


10.  The Dungaree

Dungarees are not an easy trend to wear, and yet on this evidence they should be because they’re so versatile. The three incarnations above run the gamut from casual festival wear from House of Holland to a cocktail dungaree in peach satin at Moschino Cheap & Chic, while Margaret Howell’s relaxed daywear was smartened up with a neat blazer. Always to be worn with a blouse/t-shirt underneath. 

1 comment:

  1. Very nice that Sports mad collection very creative designs,really amazing.



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