Despite the downpours and Anna Wintour seeing more of Newcastle than she ever expected to due to her commercial flight being detoured, London Fashion Week once again impressed with its rebellious creativity.
There was a bohemian edge, not just in the fashion set that graced the front rows, but also in the fashion being strutted down the catwalks. From blankets worn as coast at Burberry and Issa to folksy prints at Mary Katrantzou and Erdem, these are fashions that Girls Jessa would jump at.
Here is our trend guide for next winter from London:
Hues of Blue
It looks like it’s going to be a blue winter and in every shade. From Royal blue and navy to muted azure, cornflower and periwinkle, it doesn’t matter which you choose, as long as it is blue! We loved Barnard Chandran, Roksanda Ilincic, TopShop Unique, Mario Schwab, Osman and Richard Nicholl.
Black is the new black
Black is always popular, especially in the dark wintery months. And there is nothing like layering black on black with a mixture of fabrics for a really sumptuous look. We loved the layering and detail at David Koma, Amanda Wakeley, Emilia Wickstead, Erdem, Joseph and Todd Lynn.
Tonnes of Texture
From fur and feathers to ruffles and leather it was all about combining different fabrics for a much more interesting look. Fur or faux fur stoles and touchably soft knits were popular as was fringing and pleats. The gorgeous geometries of Christopher Kane were particularly striking (pic 2). Others we liked were Emilio de la Morena, House of Holland, Sarah Ryan, Mark Fast and Temperley London.
Next winter could see a bit of a sheen to it with iridescent fabrics adding a shimmer to your wardrobe. The best were seen at Mary Katrantzou, Antonio Berardi, House of Holland, Jonathan Saunders, Matthew Williamson and Tom Ford.
We never tire of the pretty decorative embellishments the designers add to their creations, from delicate flowers to fanciful mirrors and metallic adornments – just take your pick. Here are some of the best from Jasper Conran, Erdem, Holly Fulton, John Rocha, KTZ and Mary Katrantzou.
Nothing says sleek sophistication like simply cut top-to-toe colour. This matchy look, which has been shunned in recent times as trying too hard, is making a comeback. Get ready to be polished by following the examples of Daks, Tom Ford, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Emelia Wickstead, David Koma and Jasper Conran.
Finally, it seems that there is a floral for every season and AW14 is no exception. From big botanicals to delicate blossoms, it doesn’t matter as long as you are wearing them. For inspiration, turn to Burberry, Emilia Wickstead, Holly Fulton, Issa, Michael van der Ham and Paul Smith.