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Top 5 trends from LFW SS15: Day 4


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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:

Eastern allure

Luxe fabrics and sophisticated tailoring ruled the runway at Antonio Berardi, where both relaxed and structured shapes carried stunning oriental influences. From ancient warrior armour-like embellishment on boxy round-shouldered blouses and jackets to floaty kimono sleeves, the inspiration was clear. Rich satin and silks in a palette of red, coral, orange and pink were teamed with traditional oriental-inspired printed fabrics which, together with minimal, futuristic shapes, created the perfect fusion of tradition and modernity.

Pretty pleats

Sheer love is still going strong, but Burberry Prorsum’s knife-pleated chiffon skirts and dresses in sumptuous shades of lilac, plum, indigo, denim, burgundy and mauve offered a new approach to this floaty, feminine fabric. Simple, straight silhouettes featured statement oversized pleated bows at the waist – which also cinched in waists on fluffy knee-length coats and graphic printed macs – while a handful of playful, princess-like pieces featured layers upon asymmetric layers of gauzy pleated chiffon in tonal shades. Clean pleats were also seen at Christopher Kane (pictured above right), on luxurious burgundy midi styles black pleated chiffon over white underlayers; a pleated skirt is such an easy item to update your summer wardrobe with, but so versatile and one that can be used to surprisingly striking effect.

Colour and collage

It’s shaping up to be a fun trend for summer! Roksanda’s (pictured right) combination of simple, sporty shapes and bright blocks of colour – primarily blue, orange-red, candy pink, black and mint green – in geometric shapes brought things back to basics, but this collection was far from boring. The abstract positioning of circles, two-toned frills and a pretty print that resembled the effect of layering tissue paper squares in primary school art lessons brought a fun, playful element to mostly minimal silhouettes.  A similar theme was seen at Thomas Tait, where oversized checkerboard squares in primary colours and translucent organza draped from models’ shoulders in relaxed dress styles.  The cut-and-stick styles continued at Peter Pilotto, where tribal-inspired printed minidresses were layered with foil squares, buttons, beads and colourful paisley shapes.

Welcome to the jungle

Erdem (pictured below right) took guests to the heart of the rainforest with this dark tropical collection. Floral appliques were given a sinister twist in a moody palette of black, forest green, navy and flashes of pale yellow, with lashings of ebony lace, muted metallic, chiffon and lustrous raven-black feathers adding to the subdued tone.  Botanical themes are commonplace for Spring/Summer collections, but Erdem managed to create something strikingly different, and a far cry from typical floral trends. If you’re tired of the endless bright, flowery fabrics that reappear each summer, then this might be the SS15 look for you!

Lady and the vamp

Ladylike styles were seen at both Christopher Kane and Huishan Zhang, but with a clear contrast; while Zhang’s angelic models were bedecked in pretty pastels, flowers and frothy fabrics, Kane’s were a dark mirror image in a smouldering palette of burgundy ,black and white, sheer chiffon and sultry cut-out details.  Both collections were packed with full skirts, lace, embroidery, silhouette-enhancing separates and A-line dresses, with explosions of tulle; it was hyper-girly, empowerment and seduction all coming together. Channel the mood for SS15 and embrace sophisticated hourglass silhouettes with full midi skirts, cinched-in waists and sheer fabrics, whatever your preferred palette.

Images courtesy of the British Fashion Council: photographers Kensington Leverne (Roksanda and Christopher Kane) and Shaun James Cox (Erdem).

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