Thursday, 19 September 2013

LFW | 5 Trends at London Fashion Week - Wrap Up for SS14

Clearly it was too onerous to post about every designer I was really interested in at all the Fashion Weeks (I'm lagging way behind in NYFW and Tumblr won't let me post 999 million photos a day). Instead, let's have a wrap up of London Fashion Week and see what trends were presented. Which ones would you try for the upcoming season?

Firstly, some notable mentions. I was pleasantly surprised by Mulberry which was nice to look at this season, I don't usually love their stuff but this season was good, with the use of fine florals mix minimalist approach which is ALWAYS chic. Claps for Paul Smith using houndstooth because it's such a timeless and sophisticated print. The most memorable was probably Tom Ford, known for sexy and provocative designs, the mirror suits and dresses were a little S&M but still feminine. Zoe Jordan and House of Holland had great casual pieces and were good for the younger market. Burberry Prorsum had very wearable but also fresh pieces. Finally, I liked David Koma for the edgey silhouette but they were less prêt-à-porter. My favourite was probably Paul Smith followed by Burberry Prorsum.

I will upload some LFW SS14 photos here. Check back later :) Wow, this post actually took hours.
Can't wait to have a look at Milan Fashion Week!

Sheer: Sexy
Sexy, elegant, cool and feminine. Anything sheer, translucent and see-through was a prominent trend at London Fashion Week. The better garments were the ones with clever sectioning which created strong vectors and interesting shapes visually, or the ones with prints to make it more capitvating. Sheer is great for Spring Summer.
Picks: Jonathan Saunders Sheer cardigan; Paul Smith Houndstooth Blouse; Bora Aksu Light Blue Lace Dress; Christopher Kane White and Sheer Dress

3D: Bold
The looks were full of texture, whether it be layering, frayed, embroidered, pleats or lots of thingymabobs everywhere over the outfits. I really liked the jewelled pieces on the clothing. It's a great mix of garment and accessory. They're statement pieces which at the same time are elegant. Some of the more interesting pieces had a punky influence which British fashion is great at encapsulating.
Picks: Burberry Prorsum Clear Jewelled Jacket; Jean-Pierre Braganza Black White and Pink Skirt; Jonathan Saunders Bomber; Christopher Kane Jewelled Dress, Petal Cut-Out Jacket and Flap-Out Heels; Tom Ford Black Outfit

Synthetic: Barbie Chic
The use of shiny materials like PVC and leather makes the synthetic look chic with sharp and structured cutting. I love shiny and synthetic looks because there is a fine line between sophisticated and tacky. Good designs will effortlessly convey the former. It's good to also see the looks mixed with smoothness and clean edges. Synthetic is good complicated but also goes well with minimalism.
Picks: Christopher Kane Petal Cut-Out Dress; Burberry Prorsum Oval Sunglasses; Felder Felder Pleated Dress; Tom Ford Pink Mirror Dress.

Stripes: Look here
Stripes are excellent for Spring and Summer because they're simple yet effective. They're a great way to print clash and break up a look. I'm putting checks in here too because this season, House of Holland and Paul Smith have done a great job with them. Horizontal or verticle, these stripes create illusions of length. Thin or wide, whatever you like. It's even more interesting when labels like Bora Aksu and Jasper Conran change up the stripes game.
Picks: David Koma Black White and Pink Strapless Dress; House of Holland Checks Blouse and Colour Block Skirt; Vivienne Westwood Checks Suit, Striped Scarf; Paul Smith Checks Dress, Pink Blouse; Jasper Conran Striped Dresses; Bora Aksu Striped Dresses

Yellow: Summer
Yellow was very strong this season and it is a great colour for Summer. It's sweet and summery and now, very trendy. Designers at LFW have created great pieces with this colour. Probably one of the most exciting and fun things on this list. It works well bright as well as muted (which is quite trendy this upcoming season too).
Picks: Jasper Conran Striped Collar Top, Yellow Floral Skirt; Burberry Prorsum Single Strap Yellow Dress, Yellow Coat; Bora Aksu Yellow Lace Dresses; Roksanda Ilincic Two Tone Maxi Skirt; Paul Smith Flower Dress, Yellow Pants