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Top 5 trends from London Fashion Week 2015: Day 1

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The time for breaking out our favourite SS15 pieces is almost upon us but, already, it’s time to look ahead to what the biggest names in fashion have in store for AW15! Be ahead of the pack with our round-up of the best trends from each day of London Fashion Week:

Warrior princess

At sass & bide, strong warrior women stormed the catwalk wearing tough fabrics and heavy armour-like embellishments. Silhouettes were form-fitting, but not restrictive – exactly what you would expect from your ideal battle get-up – and, with its monochrome base palette and striking metallic accents, as well as the occasional actual metal plate, the sass & bide woman certainly isn’t one to be messed with. Heavy-duty leather skirts and trousers, glistening intricate beading on leggings and sleeveless jackets, cage-like cut-out details and boxy structures teamed with flowing chiffon skirts made for a powerful collection that you won’t want to have to wait to add to your wardrobe! Hang on to your leather trousers, bralets and metallic accessories and you’ll be winter-ready.

Blooming brilliant

A rich and varied collection, which incorporated sports luxe fusions, ornate details and edgy pastels, the real highlights of Bora Aksu’s AW15 show were the beautifully layered floral-inspired pieces, which brought together a delicate palette and cool cutwork for a truly original approach to fashion’s seemingly never-ending fancy for florals.  A grungy-girly palette of black, pale blue, rose pink and lilac worked with layers of chiffon and organza beneath delicate cut-outs, loose strings, lace embroidery, stunning appliques and sheer pleats offered a wild array of touch-me textures, which we can’t wait to get our hands on!

A dog’s life

Dogtooth prints are making a comeback, if the ‘60s-inspired collections from Daks (pictured top right) and Teatum Jones are to be believed. Keep it classic and channel Daks’ edgy motorcycling-inspired collection, which featured leather gloves, biker-detailed jackets, tailored trousers and straight-cut silhouettes for a relaxed, slightly mod-like masculine feel, with lashings of monochrome dogtooth against red, black and white. Similarly, Teatum Jones’ collection referenced the ‘60s dance scene and coal miners, featuring relaxed layers of boxy jackets, slouchy cardigans, flared mid-length skirts and shift dresses, but introduced an eye-catching enlarged dogtooth pattern in cobalt and mustard, dark fuchsia and grey. However you wear it, this is a print that will work on almost anything from tailored trousers to a statement winter coat.

Relaxed romantics

It was a free-loving, carefree vibe at Paul Costelloe with opulent floral fabrics, off-the-shoulder necklines, ruffled details and bell sleeves conjuring up romantic gypsy style – and the beautifully undone updos and berry lips sported by Costelloe’s models will definitely be a beauty look to channel for AW15. The short hemlines may not be immediately ideal for wintry weather but, teamed with over-the-knee socks and chunky boots, you’ll have style that will be hard to beat. The dreamy, hyper-feminine feel continued over at Molly Goddard (pictured above right), where a particularly fashionable fine art lesson was taking place. Voluminous off-shoulder, frothy tulle frocks, puckered sheer pleats, heavy pinafores and cosy knits were paired with clumpy creepers and monk shoes, for pretty debutante style somewhere between dressed-up and dressed-down.

Gothic grandeur

Grace and glamour were given a gothic makeover at PPQ, Obviously, black was the key colour for the collection, which offered up and abundance of slinky silhouettes, translucent fabrics, vampy velvets, ruffles, frills and lace details. Silk blouses teamed with figure-hugging pencil skirts gave a nod to 1940s fashion, although Victorian nostalgia loomed large in high necklines, buttoned-up collars and long billowing skirts. Embrace the look and try head-to-toe black next season, but think more vintage vixen than rock chick; play with softer textures such as silk, velvet and chiffon, aim for an exaggerated feminine silhouette, and be sure to keep a look out for Victoriana details such as ruffled collars, lace trims and modest necklines.

Images: Courtesy of British Fashion Council (photographers Kensington Leverne and Dan Sims)

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