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Top 5 trends from London Fashion Week AW15: Day 5

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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: 

Patch it up

Ashley Williams’ bold Barbie-gone-bad style is only for the brave this autumn/winter; glossy patent black met fuzzy peachy pink in a striking fusion of soft and tough, redefining ‘feminine’ in fashion.

Rubbery PVC against flashes of bubblegum pink fur and yellow & purple prints gave a striking contrast of textures,  and kitsch patches reminiscent of those iron-on designs you used to fix the knees of your jeans with emphasised the punky, rebellious spirit of the collection.

At Anya Hindmarch (pictured right), roadwork signs were the driving force behind designs for AW15. Handbags, sweaters and skirts were emblazoned with graphic motifs and appliqued patches of ‘Stop’ and ‘Go’ signs – and cute traffic cone and air-freshener tree shaped bag charms – as well as all-over roadworks inspired prints. Patches are a simple way to inject some fun into your everyday style, so watch for similar styles hitting the high street next season, or get crafty and design your own!

The ultimate unfinish

Raw-edged denim may not be anything new, but Marques’Almeida took this to a whole new level for AW15. As well as beautifully draped and deconstructed denim dresses, skirts, asymmetric tops and anoraks creating wonderful new structured shapes, the unfinished effects of raw edging were also seen on colourful mixed brocade prints  and metallic silver fabric.

For an easy take on the trend, look out for cropped straight-legged jeans or denim jackets with frayed hems, and don’t be afraid to experiment with colour; candy pink and tomato red were standout shades at Marques’Almeida!

 

Gone fishing

Christopher Raeburn’s (pictured right) exciting new season collection ‘Immerse’ had a watery theme, not too far removed from his hugely popular London Collections: Mens AW15 show.

As well as  bringing back those quirky pop-art style shark prints on knitwear, a palette of steel grey and ‘fisherman’s cagoule orange, with splashes of khaki and navy, avoided any maritime clichés of endless blue or floaty, wavy fabrics. Heavy fabrics gave outerwear such as duffle coats, capes and gilets a smart, structured utilitarian look, as well as being warm and functional, while ropes acted as belts, lending a sweet nautical charm; deliciously quirky, and wonderfully wearable. 

Velvet underground

Elegant eveningwear took centre stage at Emilio de la Morena (pictured below right), with a stunning collection of mini, cocktail and full-length dresses. Previous metal hues of gold, silver and bronze first appeared against deep, dark velvet, followed by blocks of gemstone coloured velvet contrasted with sheer black fabric, revealing just enough skin.

Fitted to the female form, thigh-high slits, off-the-shoulder and sweetheart necklines emphasised an atmosphere of erogenous elegance, while shimmering A-line coats, leather gloves and strappy court shoes were a tough cover-up to protect nearly-bare skin from harsh winter weather. When it comes to your winter ball or a New Year cocktail party, channel Morena’s style with sumptuous figure-skimming velvet in rich jewel tones.

 

Sequins, sex and sportswear

Returning to his signature sequinned sportswear, Ashish raised his game for AW15 by experimenting with a provocative, sexy, lingerie-influenced twist on the style he’s known for.

Black and red appeared alongside pastel shades, as well as camouflage, check and animal print patterns that harked back to the label’s streetwear origins, mixed together to create something unexpectedly wearable.

Delicate lace-edged slips, camisoles and French knickers were paired with slouchy-fur edged outerwear and snuggly jumpers in a riot of texture and print, questioning what ‘works’ and, ultimately, deciding that anything goes.

 

Images: Courtesy of British Fashion Council (photographers Sam Wilson and Shaun James Cox)

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