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Top 5 trends from LFW SS15: Day 2

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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:

Oranges and lemons

Citrus shades were at the forefront of a few shows on Day 2, including Lucas Nascimento, Emilia Wickstead (pictured right) and Barbara Casasola. Nascimento’s clean-cut layers of multi-tonal orange shades or yellow-green chartreuse in opaque and sheer fabrics conveyed a sporty formal look, while Emilia Wickstead’s fresh tangerine, white and pastel yellow palette complemented her minimal, yet decidedly feminine, structured silhouettes. Sophisticated asymmetric cut-out column dresses were the key shape at Barbara Casasola, where pops of orange and pleated accents added vibrancy to a mostly muted collection of black, grey, khaki and brown.

Monochrome

There’s no escaping monochrome for SS15! Both KTZ (pictured below right) and Sibling inevitably went for wacky new takes on the trend; at KTZ, Victorian cameos were the clear inspiration as striking, oversized monochrome applique cameos featured on simple black or white shift dresses, pencil skirts, boxy blouses and jackets. Sibling were typically playful, with models donning huge black and white bow headpieces to top of casual monochrome separates, including black knicker shorts, relaxed sweaters, and tight bandeau tops and skirts in a quirky, bold abstract print.

For Jasper Conran, the monochrome trend was a little less zany, working well with pops of blue across a relaxed collection of sporty tailoring; skirts, blouses and dresses all had a laidback, easy to wear feel which will be wonderfully wearable next summer. JW Anderson’s French Riviera-inspired show featured plenty of season-appropriate off-white linen with nautical details, but black leather details gave an unexpected twist to offset these classic summer styles – floppy leather hats, collars on shirts and bustiers layered over chic gold-buttoned dresses.

Tough pastels

Antipodium’s ‘Women on a Mission’ presentation was an odd mix of futuristic details and ‘70s housewife styles – metal rivets against baby pink, masculine rib-knit jumpers, knee-length skirts and mannish sandals – but one particularly standout element was the pairing of sickly sweet shades with tough contrasts on outerwear. From a sherbet-lemon yellow boxy denim jacket to the sporty, round-shouldered mint-green and dusty coral-pink elongated jackets with black collars and buttons, this masculine/feminine fusion was at its best in these simple but striking pieces; expect to see black details on light candy coats across the high street in 2015 for a girly update on casual, sporty styles.

Booming blooms

Florals are pretty much a given for Spring/Summer collections of any year, but SS15 brings a new dimension to the trend – bold, appliqued flowers were seen in various guises at Holly Fulton (pictured right), Marchesa and House of Holland. Whether scattered over an organza midi skirt or arranged in striking panels on a simple black dress, Holly Fulton’s ditzy florals in red, yellow, pink and white proved that petal power is far from over, brightening up both casual and formal styles. House of Holland showed a similar palette, with bright clashing floral prints and bold black-outlined flowers stuck on skinny jeans, A-line skirts and crop tops. Marchesa’s Woodstock vibe, meanwhile, was both delicate and daring, with plenty of white lace peppered with stunning embroidered and 3D-appliqued meadow blooms – safe to say, this collection will be the inspiration for countless romantic bohemian looks next summer!

Flowers en français

Okay, if you want to be picky, we’re looking at florals again – but Orla Kiely’s fun, retro show – inspired by the films ‘Le Bonheur’ by Agnes Varda and Vera Chytilova’s ‘Daisies’ – deserves to be noted as a trend of its own!  White walls painted with simple, childlike flowers in bluebell, poppy red, peony pink and daffodil yellow and a ‘60s soundtrack perfectly complemented Kiely’s presentation of prim Mary-Janes, T-bar flats and tan platform sandals emblazoned with cute daisy details. Of course, Kiely’s delightful floral and gingham prints featured across similarly vintage-inspired clothing – but the clunky, chunky floral footwear was the real standout trend of the collection.

Images courtesy of British Fashion Council: photographers Daniel Sims (Emilia Wickstead and Holly Fulton) and Shaun James Cox (KTZ).




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