The weather is turning cooler, the leaves are beginning to fall from the trees & we are all wrapping up in chunky knits. This seems like the perfect time however to look towards what next years Spring/Summer fashion has to offer.
Cue London Fashion Week.
I unfortunately didn't get tickets (due to work grrr!), however I have been (& will carry on) keeping up to date with many of the shows, & planning what to buy for next year. We need to keep on top of these things you see ladies :)
Three of my favourite designers have already presented- Sass & Bide, Paul Costelloe & Topshop Unique, have all strutted down the catwalk in various parts of London.& as always completely delivered.
1970's hippy with a strong warrior vibe, best describes Topshop Unique's Collection. Think Yoko Ono meets Wonder Woman. The use of earthy colours such as a deep clay red, mustard yellows mixed with the neutralnudes & light pinks (that are still lingering round into this season & well into next), completely captures the essence of a warm summer evening.
The strong 70's undertone lets us channel our inner hippy. Slim legged trousers went into a kicked flare; rocking cropped tops to show off your toned stomach; long chiffon bat winged sleeves fly out of psychedelic photo printed jumpsuits; disco ball sequined dresses to get us all in the partying mood. Also the contrast in proportions from maxi dresses to tiny mini numbers, proves there are no rules next summer.
Warrior platform sandals with a 70's twist of perspex wedge, boomed down the catwalk and the good news....... fringe is here to stay! Accessories? Go grab a pair of circular John Lennon-esque shades & your good to go. All you need now is a coral lip & an over sized Afro & you'll be rockin next summers look.
2.Sass & Bide
This season the duo teach us the art of contrast; mixing hard with soft. The softer shapes of a strapless jumpsuit with a harder clever twisted/knotted detail in the middle, cinched together with a chunky copper belt;shows this practise at it's best. Among the draping & the ruffles the element of contrast was in every piece, with the soft silk and the hard straw like neck pieces that were on display on most outfits. The colour palette of easy to wear, earthy colours were another strong element for summer- khakis, cream, dove grey & coral.
My favourite piece of the whole collection was a coral tiered, raffia skirt, which can to just above the knee, teamed with a long sleeved stripy rusty T-shirt. The mixture of casual with flirty feminine sold this outfit for me.
3. Paul Costelloe
Vogue UK writes: 'IT'S a new season and for Paul Costelloe - the designer who has landed the job of opening London Fashion Week - that calls for a new look. A Tinkerbell-turned-party girl look to be exact.'
Vogue as always hit the nail on the head. Flirty petal shaped skirts flew down the catwalk; Candy floss pink geometric dresses oozed the familiar scent of femininity; long billowing printed maxi dresses floated by. But Costelloe has an edge to him & this was shown in the teaming of this statement feminine pieces with rock biker jackets & waistcoats. There was attitude now with the message of mix things up a little. A swish of fuchsia lipstick & a messy, teased beehive & this look is complete.
My fashion muse Olivia Palermo after the Topshop Unique Show (jealous)