London Fashion Week, displaying the upcoming trends of Spring/Summer 2014, has recently finished, having been hot on the heels of New York Fashion Week earlier in September. Of course, these fashion weeks are all designer heavy, and rather than tell us exactly what we can expect to see in high street shops over the coming months, they merely give us a great idea of where the inspiration is going to come from.
What were the highlights of London Fashion Week that we’re most looking forward to seeing early in the New Year?
Black and White Abstracts
Day One of London Fashion Week saw Jean-Pierre Braganza’s latest collection as the main highlight. We loved this as it is easy to see many of his featured garments replicated in fashion stores, and it is equally as easy to imagine wearing such styles both in the office and when socializing with friends.
The collection was built mainly around the use of black and white, but with dashes of red and grey used at times, too. The focus of the show was above the knee dresses that will go a long way to dealing with the interpretation of smart casual for many professional women early next year. However, flimsy shirts and trousers were also on show and are likely to be popular, while baby pink designs were also on show for those looking to stay away from the black against white look.
For those who want an idea of runway designs will translate straight into fashion stores, Jasper Conran, who supplies Debenhams, is a great place to look. While Conran followed Braganza in terms of having a range that is suitable for multiple uses, there was an unmistakable feeling of summer about this show that we didn’t have in the earlier example.
Various shades of yellow are going to be a huge ‘must have’ come Spring 2014, while deciding whether to don your colors with a dress or vintage shirt and skirt is likely to be your one big conundrum.
Stella Strikes Gold
Women who love to look good while getting fit have found that clothes have become much more in tune with their objectives in recent years. Adidas have played a key role in this, employing Stella McCartney to work with them on a number of designs. Stella has delivered the goods once again, as she demonstrated with her show on the final day of London Fashion Week. Whether it’s a sleeveless sweatshirt hoodie in effervescent orange or a rainproof performance jacket, wearing Adidas by Stella will make you look brilliant and give you an extra boost when trying to burn off this morning’s double latte and chocolate muffin!
While Nazir Mazhar has gotten himself something of a reputation for delivering ‘OMG’ fashion, he undoubtedly knows more than anyone about the latest urban trends, irrespective of whether anyone will actually buy a pink one-piece bikini to wear with fishnet stockings.
Yes, that really happened, and was definitely a highlight of the week, even if there weren’t any immediate takers for his fashions, he still earned many gasps and nods of the head!
This Guest Post is written by Matilda loves reporting on the latest fashion shows from around the world, and after completing her degree hopes to gain a job doing so with a top magazine. Matilda herself enjoys wearing urban fashion, with G-Star jeans being her favorite brand, although she also loves wearing Adidas and New Era apparel, too.
Lincoln Center at night
Love this dress design by Hao Deng
A ‘Little Pink Dress’ cocktail
Katya Leonovich taking her final bow
Maybelline lipstick touch ups in front of Lincoln Center
Fashion Week is a great time to see the newest collections from the most famous designers. However, it’s also an excellent time to see the collections of the big designers for tomorrow. My favorite designer discovery was Danilo Gabrielli at Nolcha Fashion Week. Aside from these glam, yet approachable styles, I also loved the hair in this show.
People will go to great lengths to promote their websites at NYFW. In this case, it worked! I couldn’t help, but check out BuDhaGirl.com after seeing this.
What I wore on Sunday as captured in the photo booth at the rewardStyle NYFW Party
Outside Lincoln Center – Love the energy!
The NYC intersection where it all happens
Getting my phone recharged at the Zappos recharging station was such a lifesaver
Having an expresso break by the Lincoln Center fountain
The ladies of Idiosyncratic Fashionistas looking chic in their hats
This weekend, I went to a Fashion Week presentation that would have made Lady Gaga pink with envy. If Long Tran isn’t designing for her next tour or red carpet, he very well should be. I love seeing designers take risks with couture and explore different levels of crazy. Though the shoes were complete showstoppers, I couldn’t help, but feel bad for the models who had to stand in them for what must have felt like days. Ouch!