London Fashion Week 2016: 12 key trends
Get the lowdown on key looks for A/W 2016 and S/S 2017 with style guru Alex Stedman
Welcome to a new fashion season! The funny thing is, while we’re looking ahead to Autumn/Winter trends – and what we’ll be wearing to keep us warm – London Fashion Week has put to the fore a host of Spring/Summer looks. Across the board, the clothes look fantastic…but not all of them are particularly practical right now.
So, I thought I’d round-up the key themes that will leave you bang on trend for A/W, and also keep you ticking over for the trends we’ve just seen at the S/S 2017 shows, too.
1. Midi Length
It’s *all* about the midi length for the season ahead, and you want to look for something just between calf and ankle. The great thing about this length is that it helps keeps you warm before the tights come into play. I really like this Dorothy Perkins dress and would wear with trainers to keep it casual, but it also looks really flattering with a great pair of court shoes for a chic nod to the ’40s. It’s a bargain at £34.
*The* trend of SS16 is showing no sign of stopping, with House of Holland showcasing ruffle, frills and gingham at his SS17 show. Dip your toe into the trend with an easy to wear ruffle sweatshirt, such as this one from Topshop (£28).
3. Embroidery and Craftwork
As seen at the impressive See now/Buy now Burberry show, there was a real emphasis on handcrafted details, embroidery, frogging etc. Embroidery really is huge this season, so wear these Next jeans (£35) in the smug knowledge that they will last you through both this season and next.
4. Zebra Print
5. Leopard Print
So, I know I just said that zebra was the new leopard print. BUT… leopard is still a thing, and it’s bigger than ever! Accessorising is definitely the way to go here – I’d wear these River Island boots (£40) with skinny jeans, a crew-neck jumper and an oversized coat.
The Henry Holland show harked back to his early days of slogan tees, and they couldn’t be more relevant in the fashion world right now. If you’re not one for logos and labels, try La Redoute’s alternative with a forever chic Parisien slogan. It’s a bargain at £16.
7. Victoriana Blouses
Tailoring and shirting especially is a big deal at the moment, with the trend showing no signs of stopping at London Fashion Week – all the street style stars were snapped with high necks, ruffle edges and oversized sleeves. Try this season’s take on the Victoriana shirt from Next (£36) – the ruffled high neck will be sure to make you stand out from the crowd.
9. Monochrome Twist
10. Bold Colours
It’s true. The shoe once scorned by fashionistas has come back into fashion via Christopher Kane’s runway show, much like the Birkenstock. Will it take off? I can’t be sure. Are they comfortable? Absolutely yes. One thing I do know is that you’ll be way ahead of the game if buy yours now (£29).
Everyone’s favourite heritage label, Mulberry, wowed crowds with their stunning show at an old printing house in Bermondsey. There’s no doubt the winning outfits on social media were the striking head-to-toe yellow looks. Similarly to Mulberry, Warehouse have gone through their own rebrand and couldn’t be more on-trend with this yellow PVC skirt (£150). You could pair it with a polo neck for a real 1960s ‘blow up’ feel.