Sunday, 22 March 2015

8 Key Trends at Fashion Week : Autumn/Winter 15

The long fashion month has just wrapped up last week and I've been keeping busy rounding up all the trends I spotted on the runway during New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion week. Sharing with you guys all the things you'll be seeing on the streets rest of 2015. The biggest trend no doubt in all the cities were the 1970's theme, we saw it last season and have been carried into the winter. Designers just can't get out of the Boho grooves. The thing about taking inspiration from sub-cultures of the past is not simply emulating the style but taking some elements and essence of that era and bringing it into modern day fashion. Here are the 8 major key trends that you can easily spot and may even already be in your wardrobe.

1. Fringe

The most recognizable retro element from the ‘70s. Fringe trench and cape was spotted at Burberry, shoes were fringed at Aquazzura, tiered fringe dresses at Tom Ford and Nina Ricci. There were more lighter feathery fringe from Marchesa and Rebecca Minkoff for an evening look. If all over fringe is not your style then there's more subtle fringe on hems of scarves seen at Armani and Eudon Choi.

2. Daring Neckline

Second most favorable 70's homage is the low neckline. Clinched at the waist and deep plunge V- neck is a super sexy trend. If you don't mind the cold. But if that is too daring then try keyhole neckline instead where there's high neck with slit down the torso with just a slither of skin showing. And in true 70's spirit bras are optional!

3. Embellishment  

Taking our eyes off all the hippies for a bit and indulge in dazzling unexpected embellishments. For all the bling lovers there's intricate beading, sequins and pearls, you wont be disappointed. From Holly Fulton and Elie Saab's beaded floral and crystal embellishments to Rodarte hand sewn, applique flowers inject some floral spring to the winter weather. For those who don’t admire the minimalist trend, Versace and Lanvin has you covered. Blumarine and Anthony Vaccarello look to the stars for there jewels inspiration while Jenny Packham and Rahul Mishra look undersea for pearls encrustations. 

4. Fur Collar

Fur is a winter staple, the bigger the better with oversized coats, faux stoles and shearling trims. Weather practical and chic. Orange lapel will brighten up your muted coat like at Shrimps and Christopher Raeburn. Pastel Mongolian fur collar bring a fun flirty vibe seen at House of Holland, Matthew Williamson and Dries Van Noten. Faux gets a big thumbs up this season. But retro shearling at Ashley Williams and Lavin or big fox collar at Nicole Miller, Altuzarra and Ralph Lauren are still a big hit.

5. Retro Prints

A lot of different prints were visible on the catwalk but they all speak retro. Some styled to clashed together and some were head to toe in unison. Few were noteworthy, psychedelic, geometric and florals. Geometric print made a bold statement, with contrasting colours and abstract shapes. Pucci, Jasper Conran and Karen Walker, giving slight mod sixties geo-print on shift dresses and knee boots. Non geometric print took more seventies psychedelic route, swirl strips and fluid lines but equality as bold. Spotted at Dior, Roksanda, Jonathan Saunders and Topshop Unique to create trippy prints and dreamy effect. Then there's retro floral. Prints on flowing chiffon of, maxi dresses, pussy-bowed blouse and flared trousers which will takeover summer, giving off care free hippy vibe.

6. Matching Seperates / Co-ords

You know when your underwear matches its going to be a good day. Now things are about to get a whole lot more complicated. Or not. Depending how you translate this trend. There's the matching pattern suits seen at Gucci, Ellie Saab and Carven. Or highstreet virsion at H&M. It's sharp and sophisticated for work. And if you think co-ords are only for one season think again, there's the skirt co-ordinates like at Paul&Joe, Vionnet and Fyodor Golan. Which can be chic or sexy depending on hem length. For those who the idea of matching prints send your stomach churning and head spinning then try the colour co-ordinates. Wear one shade separates. Convenient for people with monochrome wardrobe. If you want relaxed feel then opt for knit muted tones like Joseph and Stella McCartney. For a more polished look choose luxe material and tailored shape as seen on J JS Lee, Marc Jacob and Thomas Tait.

7. Pastels 

Pastel is the name of the game this season. Think pistachio green, cotton candy pink, sweet lavender and other sugary shades. But those who tend to shy away from girlish macaroon tones, no need to dismiss it yet. Despite the soft pallette you will see them teamed with hard edge suits standing out at Prada and Giorgio Mrmani, Deeper tones at Tome, sporty at Lacoste and interesting texture at Maxmara. But of course fairytale sheer dresses and satin gowns are still girlish pastel favorites at Bora Aksu, Vionnet, Marchesa and Philosophy.

8. Colour Trends

Bright red is a bold fall look. Head to toe matching red, matching shoes and accessories. Marques’ Almeida, Versace and Osman were a few to embrace this trend. Primary pallettes are coming in stong. Another bold color we're seeing is Cobalt blue and Royal blue. Similar to red its paired with matching separates like at Diane Von Furstenberg but also can be warn with soft palette for a pop of colour like at DKNY or with prints at Roksanda.

Brownie points for Derek Lam and Michael Kors and many others opting in for brown hues. No surprise here because we've been seeing the seventies suede and will camel never really go out of fashion? Its like UGGs for palette, comforting and you can't really go wrong. Olive follows the same seventies retro theme and great color for representing the autumn leaves, demonstrate at Jasper Conran.

Blush and nude is the unexpected shade to see for me and my favourite one. Clean lines at Narciso-Rodriguez, fluffy at Fendi and ethereal at Francesco Scognamiglio, the fleshy colour translate to something feminine and pure. Lastly pops or colour have popped up all over the runway. Peaks of neon and streak of primary colours against black, white or muted colours. Versace, Fyodor Golan, and Alexander Mcqueen have really turned heads with their collection's hues.

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