Trend highlights from London Fashion Week September 2015
London fashion week has been and gone and, oh, wasn't it spectacular? The fashionistas of the world were utterly enraptured by the colours, the frills, the folds and the fabrics of Spring/Summer 2016. All of fashion's staple names were out to play, as well as some seriously hot new talent too. Amongst the dozens of shows exhibiting were bright bursts of acid colours, space age prints and divine silks and satins. We were brought heavenly frills and nineties-inspired A-line hems by Marques Almeida. We were gifted geometric prints that erred on the optical illusion side of things by Anya Hindmarch, and playful polka dots by Topshop Unique. Alexander McQueen graced his models with heavy chains that toyed with visions of Gothicism and we were delighted with the wild and tribal designs of Vin + Omi. But just what were the top trends to be taken away from a week of such diversity? M&C investigates…
The shade: Primrose yellow
This week saw the catwalks adorned with gorgeous shades of primrose yellow. A sort of sunflower burst with a candied finish, it came in the form of flowing midi-dresses brought to us by Christopher Kane and Mimpikita. It also edged the soft greys of Palmer - Harding's sharp-edged skirts, and was the colour of Christopher Raeburn's pretty, spring-fresh florals. Below, it completes the bejewelled look of fairy-tale fantasy brought to us by Antonio Beradi.
The pattern: Bold
From the retro and the psychedelic to the futuristic and positively space-age, designers aren't holding back when it comes to patterns for SS16. This week we've seen the rebellious splodges of Christopher Kane (see below) clash with the block stripes of Tata Naka. We've seen Victoria Beckham's over-sized flowers jar against Anya Hindmarch's trippy geometrics. But there's one thing that these brave patterns all have in common - they're as bold as bold can be. So be warned, next spring there'll be no room for delicate brocades or intricate paisley. The more smack-you-in-the-face, the better.
The sleeve: Bell
SS16 is all about the decorative sleeve. According to LFW September 2015, there'll be no place for the plain or the demure when it comes to our arms. And one particular trend cropped up more than others this week - the bell sleeve. We particularly liked Erdem's uber-feminine, bracelet-length version, pictured below and featuring delicate lace. Other designers that were to showcase this design include Peter Pilotto, whose catwalk show featured a shorter, above-the elbow bell sleeve, and Temperly who did the same. Roksanda took things to the next level with oversized bell sleeves, long and short, to make a bold - but still feminine - statement.
The Dress: Ruffles
Although there were many defining features of this week's dresses, there was one that stood out from the rest and occurred time and time again on the runway - that of the ruffle . From the clearly defined waves of Holly Fulton (see below) and Teatum Jones, to the gentler froths of Molly Goddard (second pic below), ruffles were adding a certain je ne sais quois to dress decoration. They even made an appearance on Sibling's otherwise stripped back dresses, proving that the ruffle, in all its diverse glory, will be a staple feature of next spring's designs.
So there you have it, your fashion look-book sorted for next spring. Now to sit tight and wait for LFW inspiration to hit the highstreets. Let the countdown commence.
Paris Fashion Week September 2015
Don't forget, Paris Fashion Week is set to kick off on 30th September, going through to 7th October. If you fancy booking a last minute trip to get in on the fashion action, Millennium Hotel Paris Opera offers a chic and truly Parisian place to stay to make your trip that bit more special.