Last week was a real treat for me as I got to see my first catwalk! It was an amazing experience. I went along to the London Fashion Week Festival to find out what trends will be all over the high street for Autumn/Winter and to have a nosy around at some fantastic boutique and new up and coming brands.
This event is held at The Store Studios on The Strand. I went all out and bought myself a Luxe ticket in advance (hell I don’t get out much so I have to go big when I do) which meant I jumped to the front of the queue and was first through the door. I did get there a little early so had to wait around a bit before it opened and as a stream of fashion-forward men and women swept past me there was no mistaking I was in the right place.
Going into the venue you are immediately in the midst of a whole host of pop-up boutiques with a huge range on offer. I had a good browse around but I have to admit that it was the accessories boutiques that really drew me in and I think I will have to write a whole separate blog about some of my favourite brands so keep a look out for that soon.
Once I’d had a browse I headed to the Luxe lounge and swiftly took hold of a free glass of champagne (don’t mind if I do) and waited to be ushered down for the catwalk show. As a Luxe ticket holder we were collected and taken down to the catwalk via what felt like secret corridors made up of temporary changing areas behind which you knew all the svelte models were being buttoned and blushered up. We then took our seats in the front row and waited for the main event.
All I can say is wow! I loved it! As the lights dimmed and the music rose and I was in my element watching this stream of gorgeous (but pan-faced) models strut past in this seasons’ must-have clobber. I’m pleased to say that almost all of what I saw was definitely wearable for the average woman with only a few questionable outfits thrown in to test the even the braver style conscious folk among us (a suit jacket with gym leggings – not sure it will catch on). The collection was curated by stylist and fashion editor Julia Brenard. So here are the three key trends covered:
It’s the decade that just keeps on giving so raid your parents’ attic because they are bound to have some on-trend clobber you can utilise (as long as it’s not moth-eaten because that’s never a good look!) You’re looking for zesty limes, purple, mustard and brown/tan as key colours. Flares (groan) and fluted silhouettes are in, along with pussybow blouses, fur coats and gillets and lovely autumnal stripes.
I love a good fitted suit but the coming season is welcoming a more relaxed fit with wide-leg trousers and over-sized jackets. But really it’s a case of anything goes as there are suits of all styles and patterns hitting the high street, from the classic check to stripes and even animal print. The trouser suit will be king but you can really play around and have fun with it wether you want a more classic, fitted feel or are feeling a more oversized, androgynous vibe. You can get the most out of that 70’s pussybow blouse here or opt for a crisp white shirt. Team with heels and remember that the beauty of a suit is you can mix it up (a suit jacket with jeans and a t-shirt is always a winner) to really get the most out of it.
We’ve are talking glitz and glamour and all things shiny! Metals of all kinds from gold and silver to bronze, pewter and gun metal or a mix of them all will be the key colours from top to bottom. If you wanted to wear these colours from top to toe then you wouldn’t look out of place but if you prefer to be a little more subtle then look for a few key pieces to add to your wardrobe such as a lurex top with bronze woven through or a striking silver skirt. Over the knee boots will work well but tone down those accessories. Think about mixing it with that 70’s trend for a real Studio 54 look.
So they are three of the key trends coming our way but like I emphasise to all of my style clients, it’s all about choosing key pieces that fit with your own personal style and lifestyle. If you don’t like the trend – don’t wear it! But always try to keep an open mind because there are lots of little ways you can incorporate a new trend into your wardrobe to really make it work for you. Never be afraid to try!