I don’t know about you, but I spend fashion month with my phone literally glued to my hand (no change there I hear you say!) following all the shows and the emerging trends. If I am completely honest though, I generally get more excited about seeing all the street style looks from outside the shows. These women have their own individual styles without slavishly following trends (and often they are the trend setters!). However, fashion week trends determine what we will see in the shops in 6 months time so cannot be ignored.
While fashion week can produce all manner of wacky creations and is a wonderful exhibition in creativity, it can sometimes be difficult for the average person to see how they translate into real life. I mean lets face it, it’s not like you could wear most of it popping out for a pint of milk (I’m looking at you Molly Goddard and your fabulously frou-frou dresses). And while I don’t think you need to jump on every trend to keep up in the sartorial stakes, subtly working a few key trends into your wardrobe can instantly up the ante on your look.
I’ve rounded up my top 6 most wearable trends from London Fashion Week and there’s not a Christopher Kane furry croc in sight!
1. The Puffer Jacket
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 6 months, you’ll have noticed that the puffer jacket is now officially a thing again (yay for practicality, boo for aesthetic value) and it looks set to stick around. At Coach we saw an updated edit of the puffer with girly floral print and matching skirts. While it is not the most chic outerwear choice, you’ll be glad of it’s warmth come November.
2. Socks & Sandals
I know, I know. The notion of socks and sandals conjures up images of elderly men on their summer holidays but this staple of the dad wardrobe has had a stylish makeover. First championed by Prada, this trend was seen on the catwalks at Anya Hindmarch and Mulberry. So there’s no need to ditch your favourite strappy sandals come Autumn Winter, pop on a pair of sparkly socks and strut off into the night like the fashionista you are (complete with cosy toes!).
3. Mellow Yellow
Yellow is quickly becoming the must have colour for AW and the good news is, there is a shade to suit all skin tones. I’m very much a monochrome girl at heart regardless of the season, but love the idea of wearing bright yellow for autumn winter. At Calvin Klein we saw bright yellow coats but if you don’t fancy comparisons to Big Bird, add a pop of yellow through your accessories (think bags, shoes, scarves).
4. Sparkle & Shine
Now there’s nothing ground breaking about sequins for winter but being a bit of a magpie, you’ll hear no complaints from me! Glitter, sequins and the metallics that were so popular over the last number of months are set to be big news for AW 17. At Ashish we saw extravagantly sequinned slogan tees, while at JW Anderson we saw metallic chainmail dresses. Go as OTT as you dare with this one and remember, sequins are for life not just for night time.
Much like sequins, there is nothing earth shatteringly new about florals. They are pretty much a fashion mainstay at this stage, regardless of the season (especially if you shop in Oasis!). AW17 florals are different though; they are edgier, more vivid and a little punky as seen at Preen. While Erdem took it a step further by adding texture with velvet. Go top to toe floral (and clash floral prints for extra cool points) or keep it simple by adding one floral element to your look. The future is rosy!
6. Tonal Dressing
Tonal dressing,or dressing from head to toe in various shades of the same colour as it’s known to you and me, packed a strong visual punch on the catwalks at Sies Marjan. This is an easy to create look that makes a big impact. The key to success with this trend is to have a healthy mix of textures. Think silk, wool and leather pieces mixed to ultimate chic effect and you have your new sartorial uniform. Note: dying your hair the same colour as your outfit is completely optional.
So while there were many more trends emerged from LFW (honourable mention to oversize sweaters layered over floaty skirts at Topshop Unique), the above are the ones I’ll be working into my AW17 wardrobe.