London Fashion Week may be over for another season, but now the real fun starts: recreating the key looks and motifs with outfits you can wear every day. We spoke to stylist Gemma Rose Breger to get her tips for the hottest trends for S/S 2017, and where to find the best LFW-inspired pieces online.
What are the biggest trends for spring/summer 2017? Let’s take a look back at the London runways and street style spots for a flavour of what’s heading our way in the next few months.
FASHION WEEK STYLE: FLOWER POWER
Hudston garnet liberty spring tapestry ankle boots, £165 at Very Exclusive.
At the recent shows we saw the return of fun and fabulous florals, but with a more romantic twist thanks to the tapestry design and fabrics worn by many visitors to fashion week. Not only did these inject some much needed colour into the darker days of February (remember the deluge New York fashion fans faced!), they also signalled the start of spring and mirrored the unseasonably warm weather we saw in London.
Fabrics with a curtain-like texture have been growing in popularity over the last few years, but are now being paired with florals. Not only worn by street style fashionistas, tapestry florals were seen on the catwalk in Christopher Kane’s show, suggesting they are here to stay. Wearing this trend right means keeping it simple – try to introduce a hint of tapestry to one element of your outfit, such as shoes or a dress.
Tapestry floral bow one-shoulder midi dress, £58 at ASOS
When it comes to fashion week style, size matters. The last few years were all about custom fits and body con, but the latest trend is to go supersized. From flouncy t-shirts, to slouchy coats, baggy dresses or trousers, we saw it all this Fashion Week. Burberry and Pringle of Scotland supersized their latest lines, which suggest this comfy street style is set to continue for some time. When it comes to going big though, my tip would be to make sure you contrast it with streamlined elements – think skinny jeans, tights, or fitted trousers with a baggy top or dress to keep your figure in proportion.
Blue and white tie-front shirt: £26.99 at Quiz Clothing
Modern Rarity palmer // harding oversized gathered shirt, £150 at John Lewis
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We certainly got our typographic interests stirred last month, with the streets awash with street stylers wearing clothes adorned with slogans and quotes. Words have always had a lasting power in fashion design – whether it’s a statement, lyric or saying – from Katharine Hamnett’s ‘Choose Life’ t-shirts, to Vivienne Westwood’s ‘God Save The Queen’ top and Ashish’s ‘Immigrant’ t-shirt from last year.
Tonight’s going to be poppin’ tee, £14.99 at New Look
We also saw visitors adding a bit of sparkle to their sartorial type choices during the most recent Fashion Weeks – think gold, silver, sequins or embellished slogan jumpers. Ashish and Topshop’s latest lines included a number of slogan inspired designs last month, so expect to see more of this on the High Street as we move into Spring and beyond.
BOSS Orange Talook sequin slogan sweatshirt, £119 at John Lewis.
THE CLASSIC TRENCH
Trench coats are a classic and something that should be a staple in every wardrobe, whatever the season or occasion. Winter or Summer; smart or casual; with flats or heels – it’s smart enough for work and glam enough for a wedding. Quintessentially British, it’s been a while since the classic beige trench was the only style on offer, but if the Fashion Week FROWs are anything to go by, you’ll see there’s even more choice now, with people dabbling in leather, burgundy, gingham and pastels. Keep it slick and modern by pairing your trench with jeans and chunky boots.
‘Jinx’ trench coat in chalky mint, £280 at AQAQ.
Karen Millen soft unstructured trench coat, £250 at John Lewis.
Athleisure continued to be the ‘new casual,’ both on and off the catwalk. The ability of athleisure clothing to blend business casual and sportswear into one, so you can wear the same outfit to the gym, the office or the pub, meant that we saw a lot of people opting for comfort when hitting February’s shows. Designers including Ashish, who did a collaboration with Major League Baseball, and Versace also launched new lines during Fashion Week, a sure sign that the trend shows no signs of stopping any time soon.
Schott leather varsity bomber jacket in black and cream. £360 at ASOS.
Striped varsity ankle socks, £3 at Missguided.
Pastels have never really gone away. From Jackie Kennedy to Princess Diana, pastels have proved to be both elegant and timeless. Whilst mint green and dusty blue hues are often worn, and pale pink tends to be the pastel of choice that most people revert to, lemon is growing in popularity.
Whether people have been inspired by La La Land or the upcoming Beauty and the Beast film release, lemon featured heavily amongst this season’s Fashion Week spectators. The biggest challenge with pastel tends to be what colours to combine them with. Traditionally, the trick has been to pair with basic shades, such as black and white. As tonal outfits are becoming more prominent, try combining different textures to make the most impact, such as a woollen top with a silk skirt.
Steve Madden fluffy sliders in pink, £40 at Dune.
H! By Henry Holland, cropped satin padded jacket, £75 at ASOS.
Following in the footsteps of Michelle Obama and Kendall Jenner, several fashion fans sported chain-mail attire during the recent Fashion Weeks. These silvery and gold mesh metal garments are becoming more and more popular, particularly as evening ensembles, and are great for anyone looking for some party-dressing inspiration.
JW Anderson’s recent Fashion Week collection featured a number of chain-mail looks, similar to what we are already seeing on the High Street, which suggests there’s more of the same to come in the near future. Don’t forget, subtly is key so just a touch of chainmail is enough to make you look like you are on trend.
Sacred Hawk chainmail top, £45 at ASOS.
Alexander Wang convertible chainmail clutch, £790 at Very Exclusive
THE RESURGENCE OF VINYL
PVC is back as one of the fashion world’s hottest trends. Street stylers are already over the 90’s resurgence and have moved onto old favourite the 80’s which looks as though it’s the next decade to be revived. From vinyl miniskirts, to glossy pants and high-shine macs, it’s one of this season’s most daring trends, but not one that the most dedicated fashion fans seem to be afraid to rock. Pair it with denim or a contrasting texture such as chiffon or lace to really show off the shine.
Weekday vinyl patent coat, £68 at ASOS.
Black high shine faux leather treggings, £30 at Missguided.
THE ACCESSORY YOUR OUTERWEAR IS MISSING
2017 is proving to be the year that the belt makes a comeback. And if the recent Fashion Weeks are anything to go by, it’s all about going bigger than normal. We’ve waved goodbye to the skinny belt, and in its place is a wider, more durable belt that you can pair with everything from jumpsuits, to dresses. Plus our street stylers demonstrated that not only can a belt be worn over a t-shirt, you can even use it to cinch in your waist over a coat. When it comes to picking the right coat, my advice would be to opt for one that naturally nips in at the waist so you can then add a chunky belt to emphasise an hourglass shape.
Wide black waist belt, £14 at ASOS.
Stretch corset belt, £14.99 at Quiz Clothing.
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March 8th 2017 - by @CollectPlus