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Top 5 trends from London Fashion Week AW15: Day 4


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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: 

Winter flower

Erdem’s signature dark, elegant florals are back for AW15, with a hint of oriental influence.

Structured silhouettes in heavy fabrics, including beautiful brocade, lace, silk and jacquard in dusky pink, purple and moss green adorned with delicate flowers are feminine but, with raw unfinished hems, have a cool undone feel.

At Antonio Berardi (pictured right), a black and navy base palette was livened up with fluoro pink and yellow florals, brightening a moody wintry palette. Cute skater skirts, sleeveless shift dresses and quilted coats were key pieces, perfect for casual or party wear. Get the look by mixing up your typical winter wardrobe shades with pops of bright florals – not as garish as some of the usual summer prints, but colourful enough to make a standout statement. 

Bohemian brilliance

Burberry Prorsum’s (pictured bottom right) beautiful bohemian style continues for the new season, in a collection entitled 'Patchwork, Pattern & Prints'.

1970s inspirations were evident, with suede longline jackets, floaty maxi dresses, ponchos, appliqued suede over-the-knee boots and perfectly mixed prints. A colourful palette of muted purple, grey, blue, navy, olive , rust, tan and gold was brought together with clever patchwork and layer upon layer of different textures and prints. Fringed details, tassels, mirror embellishments and plunging necklines added to the relaxed, hippy vibe and, with gorgeously cosy coats in faux fur, suede and corduroy to cover up, this trend lends plenty of opportunity for stylish, snuggly layering.

Lady in Red

Red has emerged as a key colour for the season, proving particularly popular on day 4 for designers such as Huishan Zhang, Christopher Kane and OSMAN(pictured right).

Zhang’s cut-out red pieces with contrasting black lace inserts were a seductive statement, while Christopher Kane’s mostly black and navy collection of sleek tailoring and velvet dresses saw pops of blood red on lapels, pockets and arty silhouette applique details.

Over at OSMAN, head-to-toe colour blocking in red, white and black brought unity to a collection of mixed fabrics, textures and silhouettes; a matching red lace peplum blouse and tailored trousers might be a bit much for most but, even if it’s just a touch of red on your coat pockets or a printed sweatshirt, be sure to warm up your wardrobe with AW15’s hottest colour. 

Fun and games

Board games were the inspiration behind Peter Pilotto’s playful collection – designers Christopher De Vos and Pilotto are certainly experts in making fashion fun!

Endless colourful prints and embellishments drew on elements of Snakes and Ladders, Ludo and Connect 4, to create an array of beautiful abstract and symmetrical decorations.

There was a real mix of elegant feminine shapes and masculine, military outerwear, with white being a key colour for the first half of the show. Look out for Pilotto inspired prints and appliques on everything from knitwear and sweatshirts to little black dresses, for a dose of nostalgic feel-good fashion.

Fairytale fright

Inspired by the Chelsea Physic Garden’s collection of medicinal plants, Giles’ AW15 collection was both peaceful and slightly sinister. Mostly monochrome, save for glimpses of, orange, yellow and blue, there was a definite gothic overtone to this otherworldly show; combining historical details such as ruffs, satin bows and buttoned-up satin and velvet blouses with abstract, hallucinogenic prints, and innovative exaggerated silhouettes, created a mesmerising fashion fairy tale.

Sumptuous satin, silk and velvet were teamed with crisp white blouses for a gothic luxe feel – all a bit Marie Antoinette meets Wednesday Addams – while still succeeding in being romantic and feminine. A real ruff might be a bit extravagant for a day at the office, but a high-necked vintage style blouse teamed with black velvet trousers or a cool structured skirt will be a winning winter work look!


Images: Courtesy of British Fashion Council (photographers Ben Broomfield, Kensington Leverne and Dan Sims)

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