Trends to Expect at LFW
Each year London Fashion Week leaves style fans brimming with fabulous fashion ideas with which to fill their wardrobes. For those who missed the short but exciting week in February, here’s a quick round-up of the key trends from the LFW Autumn/Winter show, and a preview of what to expect at the SS14 event in September.
Textures dominated the catwalks for AW13, with dramatic embroidery and head-to-toe sequins at Tom Ford and Burberry, whilst Preen and Erdem used plenty of sheer details. Real, faux and knit furs in pastel colours were also on display, and Burberry’s Prorsum collection matched big, fluffy and animal-print coats with other trending prints.
Designers mixed dusty pink tones with AW13’s go-to materials, in a show that saw Topshop Unique use soft pink silks and feathers, which contrasted with Roksanda Ilincic’s choice of sheen colours. Head-to-toe deep reds and vermillion were also a popular option, whilst shades of olive oil green were used by Jonathan Saunders, Maria Grachvogel and Peter Pilotto.
Designed to catch the attention of passers by, prints revealed at LFW in February centred around intricate patterns in saturated hues. Elsewhere were the cute and rounded ‘Instagram Heart’ and variations on the night sky by Matthew Williamson, and the flower fairies by Mulberry.
Designers sought to use turtlenecks as the essential layering tool for the colder months. Tuxedos and coats with side slits in the sleeves formed capes by John Rocha and Schwab, with J.W. Anderson opting for a turtleneck version. Split sleeves and side-split skirts were also seen from Schwab, Pilotto and Topshop Unique.
Clutches became bigger and louder, with Burberry Prorsum, Roksanda Ilincic and Christopher Kane introducing the relaxed and folded ‘scrunch’ look, complete with fun prints. Pointy-toed shoes in pumps, ankle boots, lace-ups and loafers were seen at Topshop Unique, Julien Macdonald and Burberry, with Mulberry delivering the simple, low-maintenance nude nail trend for AW13.
With the AW13 trends now slowly fading into memory, it’s time to start looking to the future. London Fashion Week, sponsored by American Express, promises to be a blockbuster event in September, with plenty of new styles just waiting to grace the catwalks. Fashion pundits are predicting a revolution for ladies sportswear and soft colours, whilst the likes of London-based Sibling and Peter Jensen are expected to join House of Holland in bringing back bold and bright colours for the summer.
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