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Top 5 trends from LFW SS15: Day 1

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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 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:

DAKS SS15Feeling blue

The DAKS woman’s style was described as ‘gentle, feminine and sensual, wearing skirts that never reveal the knee and heels that are, by design, not too high’, an ideal that was brilliantly showcased in a collection of sharp tailoring and floaty, elegant ensembles – a fusion of masculine and feminine, heightened and held together by a palette of metallic silver, smoky grey-blue and dusky lavender (pictured right).

Soft blues were also key at Paul Costelloe, where 1950s styles (updated with a minimal palette, raised hemlines and smartly tailored details) featured floral prints in fitting bluebell and pansy hues. Dark blue also made an appearance at Costelloe, with a few pieces of feminine tailoring in a heavy indigo fabric which worked beautifully with pleats and frilled details.

Whiteout

White is a big hit every summer, but LFW SS15 brought a whole new level. There were plenty of high necks and buttoned up collars, lace and crochet details across a mostly white first half of Bora Aksu’s collection, but combining these prim aspects with sporty shapes, sheer organza and dramatic cut-out embroidery saved things from being a little too ‘milkmaid’. There was more unexpected mixing at PPQ’s ‘Space Safari’ show, which seemed to bring elements of the ‘60s and ‘90s along to join the otherworldly party. High shine fabrics, sequinned mini dresses, fringed trousers, floaty capes, funnel necks and marabou feathers all made an appearance; it should have been chaotic but, in a collection of purely white, silver and lilac, it all amounted to a strangely alluring sci-fi rave vibe.

In contrast, Amanda Wakeley’s entirely white collection had a minimal, sporty feel, teaming up softly tailored pieces such as sleek white racer back vests, silk trousers and unevenly hemmed skirts. There also seemed to be a slight oriental influence, with wide kimono sleeves and knotted belts featuring on both draped and structured dresses.

Furry friends

Popular faux-fur label Shrimps created a real buzz on Day 1 of LFW with their collection of fuzzy outerwear and fluffy accessories. A dash of ‘The Flinstones’ inspiration was evident in their leopard print jackets, topped with furry collars in bright pops of coral and blue, while a striking canary yellow biker-style faux fur jacket also stood out. Accessories such as scarves and clutches were highlights favoured by visitors to the presentation, including Alexa Chung (pictured right), in bright colours and more neutral shades of mink and grey.

If you’re sceptical about faux-fur for summer, a handheld clutch or scarf draped over one shoulder might be a trend to embrace – or, for the brave, channel all-out Shrimps style and pair a fluffy cropped jacket or long gilet with relaxed satin pyjama shirts and shorts!

Accentuated angles

It was all about the angles at J.JS Lee (pictured below right) – known for her trademark structured silhouettes and boxy shirts (the angular styles highlighted with crisp cuffs and collars, as well as bold block squares of colour), Lee took things a step further by introducing a new ‘Botanic Motif’ print. Inspired by Korean artist Meekyoung Shin’s ‘Translation’ soap culture series, this modern graphic pattern was created by pressing and scanning irises and daisies before reworking them into a minimal floral print, which featured across the collection’s silky separate and mullet-hemmed dresses. Pleated details and angular pops of colour on clean white shirts furthered this focus on angles, which will be perfect for easy office wear next spring.

Bohemian like you

The 1970s are another summer favourite that crops up every few years, usually in the form of floppy hats or crochet overload, but Felder Felder gave the trend a new aesthetic for SS15.  Concentrating on ‘70s shapes (think floaty-sleeved minidresses, flowing maxi dresses, billowing capes and wide-legged trousers), there wasn’t a floral headband or tie-dye T-shirt in sight – instead, classic bohemian styles were given an update with bright, abstract prints in blue, red, white and black, sheer fabrics, black leather and fringed details for a tough Wild West-inspired edge.  So dust off your cowboy boot and your big-brimmed beach hat; you’re going to need them if you want to embrace full-on Felder Felder style next summer!

 

Images courtesy of British Fashion Council: photographers Daniel Sims (Shrimps and J.JS Lee) and Kensington Leverne (DAKS).




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