New York, London, Milan and Paris – the ‘it’ centres playing host to Fashion Week events that set the trends for the months to come. From Vogue to Stylist, Grazia, Harpers and Cosmopolitan, media flock to the epicentre of the action to report on what to watch in six months time. This year though, fashionistas from all over the globe took part in London Fashion Week by participating online – a trend in itself, that will continue to boom simultaneously with technological advancements. Thanks to live sites like www.londonfashionweek.co.uk and Twitter, you don’t actually need an exclusive ticket to be first to see what’s new. Some webcasts are even being promoted as ‘events’ now, such as Burberry’s hot show, beamed live to 150 countries and on to a big screen in Piccadilly Circus. In London, alas it’s all over for another few months, so in summary, the trends we noted from the action over the past week are:
Animal prints are here, and soon you’ll see bright dog, fox and bird patterns decorating many fashion articles in stores around the UK. Similarly Leopard print remains popular, and colourful fabric mixes including spots and dots are on the way en-masse.
Longer hem-lines are in, battling it out with ‘midis’ (a slightly shorter version of maxi dresses and skirts). Maxi dresses were popularly sported by many a fashion editor in attendance this year; but we’ll soon see more pleats and below-the-knee designs in store, along with fur-trimmed knits and jackets, sleeveless, tailored vests and buttoned-up shirts with neat collars.
Toni & Guy also offered up an LFW catwalk trend, Dip Dyed hair (where the tips of your hair are bleached in fabulous shades of pink, blue or red). Hats are back and for spring / summer any size or shape goes. Keep your eyes peeled for shoe trends that include rubber soles and wooden heels. Evidently the new ‘it’ bag is Mulberry’s Tillie, also touted by ‘anyone who is someone’ at this year’s LFW. Carry this soft-leather satchel in the crook of your arm to showcase your outfit!
And never fear, if you can’t afford the original bag (or any of this gear for that matter) keep an eye out for copy-cat versions in the usual high street fashion stores soon.