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Top 5 trends from LFW SS15: Day 3

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As we wave goodbye to one summer, it’s time to welcome in another at London Fashion Week SS15! The biggest and best names in design have put together their fashion n forecasts for next summer, and you can get ahead with our round-up of the best trends from each day of London’s biggest fashion event:

Sheer genius

Tantalising sheer fabrics were made even more tempting at Richard Nicoll; chiffon was draped over and under silks, satins and delicate muted metallic layers, giving extra dimension to flimsy floaty fabrics, but the real standout look of the show was undoubtedly the glow-in-the-dark fibre optic dress! Meanwhile, at Mary Katrantzou, gone were the brand’s iconic prints in favour of playful textures; metallic lace teamed with pleated chiffon, heavily embroidered sheer panels, and transparent tops with futuristic-looking panels that appeared to hover in place around models’ shapes. There’s sure to be plenty of new sheer styles on offer for SS15, but hold on to this year’s sheer blouses and vests and simply give them an update by layering them with metallic or lace camisoles, or knotting a silk scarf around the waist or a shoulder strap.

Summer layering

A simple underlying palette of black, white and grey lent itself well to innovative summer layering at Temperley, working with both pastel shades and a bolder, rosy palette of red, peach and dusky pink. Inspired by Japanese Shunga ink paintings, woodblock prints and surreal sea creatures, designer Alice Temperley mixed rich fabric choices and prints across smart tailoring, flowing capes and kimonos, separates and dresses to create fun, playful layered looks. Layering was also key at Ashley Williams, although with a decidedly more rebellious, grungy edge – think graphic printed slips and sheer shirt dresses worn over long sleeved tops and buttoned-up shirts, and jumpers over tunics over trousers, for a fresh take on ‘90s trends that refuse to go away.

Sporty sixties

One of London Fashion Week’s most anticipated shows, Topshop Unique didn’t disappoint with a collection of ‘60s inspired, sporty styles. A bold palette of red, black, white and blue reflected the changing attitudes of young women during the decade, while retro details such as gingham prints, striped collars, flare skirts and polo necks (sometimes showing beneath a V-neck) harked back to fashion favourites of the time. Teamed with sporty influences including padded bowling bags, cropped bomber jackets, thick PE-kit style stripes and a beautiful, oversized burgundy biker jacket, this collection offered the perfect fusion of vintage glamour and easy everyday style – a wonderfully wearable, laidback trend.

Ice Ice Baby

The ethereal sheer looks at Mary Katrantzou and Richard Nicoll were enhanced by icy, snow-queen style palettes of white, silver, grey, pastel blue, palest pink and lilac – say hello to the new neutrals for SS15! The cool colour themes continued at Pringle, where classic and embellished knits, boxy blouses, wrapped A-line skirts and shift dresses appeared in white, cream, blue and silver-grey fabrics. This chilled palette works equally well across basics and dressier pieces and, as seen at all three of these designers’ shows, is at its best when combined with layered sheer fabrics to create sporty, understated, futuristic styles.

Mix and match

Two trends are better than one, or so seemed to be the case at Preen, where classic summer prints such as stripes and florals were thrown together for a vibrant, fresh showcase of summer styles. Featuring African tribal-inspired fringed fabrics, sporty stripes, cable knit cricket jumpers, graphic stamped floral graphics and delicate posy prints, this collection proved that, when the heat is up, anything goes.  At Matthew Williamson’s ‘70s inspired show, botanical motifs, abstract patterns and feather prints were mixed and matched on pencil skirts, feminine blouses, beachy dresses and cropped jackets. Next summer, dig out your favourite patterned pieces from this year and, before you decide it doesn’t go with any of your new season stuff, embrace the mixed-up mood and throw together some unexpected print combinations!

Images courtesy of the British Fashion Council: photographers Sam Wilson (Richard Nicoll and Matthew Williamson) and Shaun James Cox (Mary Katrantzou).




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