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Top 5 trends from London Fashion Week 2015: Day 2


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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:

Retro rules

Preppy styles and prints aplenty were central to Orla Kiely’s (pictured right) ‘60s inspired collection. The classic 1960s film Love Story was the influence behind this gorgeously retro show; bold block colours of black, white, khaki, grey and bottle green, graph paper-like checks and geometric prints were key details on cosy knits, A-line mini dresses, prim pinafores and pussy-bow blouses teamed with snuggly, structured boiled wool overcoats; all very smart, all very stylish. Holly Fulton took a similarly retro approach, featuring decadence from across the decades in her collection of sumptuous satin, embroidered organza, luxurious fur and opulent embellishment. Swathes of rich fabrics in flawless cream, white and shimmering jewel tones screamed wealth and luxury, particularly when teamed with sparkling accessories and coiffed beehive hairdos – ideal inspiration for elegant evening soirees next season.

Classic chic

Minimal, simple and timelessly chic, Emilia Wickstead (pictured bottom right) embraced feminine shapes for AW15. Heavy, flowing fabrics such as warm wools and tweeds, which could have swamped the silhouette, were cinched at the waist in both relaxed and structured styles. A pretty pastel palette of icy blue, cream, lilac and grey made way for edgier rust and mustard tartan, a show-stopping plunging red dress and patent black outerwear; but, while the sudden shift in colour was akin to Sandy’s dramatic reinvention at the end of Grease, a classic ladylike silhouette ran throughout. The beauty of such simple style is that it is so easy to achieve, and can look so brilliantly striking – define your waist with high-waisted skirts and trousers, emphasised further with a tucked-in blouse and co-ordinated belt.

Bright winter nights

You can always rely on Sibling to bring something bold and exciting to the party, and the label didn’t disappoint for AW15; a riot of textures – PVC, fur, knits and all-over sequins – was heightened by a palette of purple, orange, blue, pink and black, which featured across slouchy distressed knitwear, figure-hugging fluff-trimmed dresses, flippy skirts and two-piece suits, accessorised with long skinny scarves, brooches and ankle socks with sandals. Lucas Nascimento also made an effort to bring a burst of colour to traditional winter palettes with splashes of purple and orange as well as hibiscus flower prints, and House of Holland (pictured right) offered up a mix of cherry red, candy pink, tangerine orange, sherbet lemon and humbug-like stripes; keep your snow, we’re dreaming of a bright Christmas!

Girls and boys

1205 continued its signature androgynous feel, with a collection of column-like silhouettes. While sleek and fitted, chunky turtle-necked knitwear and long, straight-cut dresses created an undeniably boyish figure, particularly when teamed with tailored and wide-legged cropped trousers and flat shoes. A minimal, masculine palette of cream, navy, dark green, grey and black furthered the neutral vibe of this collection, full of boxy boiled wool jackets, masculine overcoats, staggered layers and elongated sleeveless knitted dresses. Look for masculine tailored outerwear for an easy way to adopt the trend for AW15, keeping you looking cool and feeling cosy.

Darkly decadent

Inspired by Louise Bourgeois, Simone Rocha’s collection was deliciously dark; ethereal sheer dresses and structured, padded velvet shapes and models shrouded in heavy capes played with perceptions of the female form, while windswept hair and rosy cheeks against pale make-up added to the mystical, slightly gothic feel. Damask prints and onyx stones that glittered on hemlines and corners of collars lent a sense of opulence which was, of course, seen at the ever-glamorous Julien Macdonald; gorgeous embellished evening gowns and figure-skimming cocktail dresses with mesh sleeves and cut-out details, teamed with over-the-elbow PVC gloves, had a stunningly seductive and sumptuous feel for all-out gothic glamour. Echoing yesterday’s looks from PPQ, it looks as though – for AW15 at least – black is, once again, the new black.

Images: Courtesy of British Fashion Council (photographers Shaun James Cox and Kensington Leverne)

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