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Top 5 trends from London Fashion Week AW15: Day 3


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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:


Mix and match

More is definitely more for AW15, according to Preen (pictured right) and Matthew Williamson. Throwing together bright patchwork fabrics, shearling, checks, appliqued florals, cropped knits and light chiffon dresses, Preen’s witchy, bohemian looks from Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton were an absolute delight.  Similarly, Williamson’s bohemian collection of relaxed, slouchy asymmetric jersey dresses, bodacious brocades and jewel-coloured jumpsuits worn with bright blue furry accessories had an effortless ‘I just threw this on’ feel to it while still managing to look wonderfully glamourous and elegant. Vivienne Westwood’ politically -charged show also brought plenty of clashing prints and lashings of accessories to the party. This is one look that will be easy to achieve this winter; the one rule is, there are no rules! Clash your prints and textures to your hearts content, and the more clashing cosy layers the better!


Earn your stripes

Opting for their usual monochrome palette, palmer//harding’s AW15 collection featured simple, but incredibly striking, stripe details. Thick and thin black velvet stripes were appliqued on crisp shirt dresses, sleeves, and tweedy skirts, wide-legged trousers and dresses. Stripes were also big at Jonathan Saunders’ more colourful show; a rainbow of cherry red, pea green, bubblegum pink, violet and mustard yellow structured silhouettes strutted down the catwalk, adorned with thick stripes of block colours or cloudlike prints. There was a lot going on but, combined with simple straight cut blouses, skirts and shift dresses, it avoided feeling too busy. Whether you keep your stripes subtle a la palmer//harding or embrace Saunders’ bold and bright styles, it’s an easy way to add some interest to your winter wardrobe.


Beautifully bohemian

Temperley’s (pictured right) dreamy bohemian collection possessed all the best of laidback ‘70s style, but turned things up a notch with shimmering metallic and luxurious jewel hues for a slight 1920s twist. Designer Alice Temperley said that ‘this season is both effortless and confident’, which pretty much sums up the mood of this AW15 offering; long, loose silhouettes in light, billowing fabrics adorned with lashings of sequins, ornate glittering embroidery, seductive sheer panels  and bright prints, teamed with heavy, boxy jackets and elongated scarves. We’re pretty sure that this is the kind of winter style that the likes of Stevie Nicks would most certainly approve of and, really, who doesn’t want to be as cool as Stevie? Inject modern bohemian style into your everyday look with hints of faux due, scatterings of sequins, metallic fabrics and long silk scarves.


Heritage heroes

Giving a nod to its SS15 style with ‘70s-inspired silhouettes (think slightly flared trousers, jumpsuits and knee high boots), Topshop Unique (pictured below right) was all about the beauty of the good old British countryside. Far from being twee in tweed, this cool collection included rock 'n’ roll leather trousers, glossy patent skirts, faux fur accents, cosy shearling coats, chunky knits, timeless checks and delicate dandelion and cornflower prints and embroidery, giving heritage style a new season overhaul. Oversized faux fur scarves, see-through lace, thigh-high split dresses and barley-there bodycons ensured that this trend was as sexy as it was snuggly; definitely one of our winter winners.


Rococo rocks

Echoing some of the looks seen at Bora Aksu on day 2, Mary Katrantzou’s AW15 show referenced opulent rococo era details within modern, innovative silhouettes. Boxy sleeveless shift dresses, structured peplum blouses and fishtail flared skirts were fresh, fun new shapes in a colourful jewellery box palette. Rich fabrics complemented the sumptuous colour scheme, as did the heavy use of damask prints and shimmering brocade. Keep a lookout for bold wallpaper-esque prints to get this look next season, worn flared midi skirts and cropped trousers, or on boxy dresses worn over bright turtlenecks for a pop of colour against the dreary, dull winter skies.


Images: Courtesy of British Fashion Council (photographers Sam Wilson and Kensington Leverne)

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