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London Fashion Week is well under way, and desingers have been showing off their brand-spanking new SS16 collections across two days. From shades of pink in Simone Rocha to J.W Anderson’s art inspired prints, clothes-envy is at an all time high. Whilst our capital is buzzing with fashionable struts, I thought I’d cast your minds back a few days and tell you what NYFW can teach us.
Print is in.
J.crew told us that if you’re going to be seen in any print next summer, it needs to be gingham. Her collection layered print on print and mashed tomboy tailoring with a colour palette reminiscent of a trip to the seaside; ice cream pinks, bright blues and crisp white.
Island themed prints complemented sheer fabrics and floaty bell sleeves over at Anna Sui. The designs were intricate and indulgent, transporting you to a hot summer night reclining with cocktail in hand. Pineapples, seashells and angel fish all made an appearance, plastered across maxi-length dresses and bowling shirts.
This was one for the maximalist.
Fashion can always take a step back in time.
In a personal highlight of the week. Jeremy Scott wowed the audience with a 60s themed extravaganza. Here my mind wandered to candy girls and days of unashamed and overstated styling. I fell instantly in love with the pale pink and candy orange sequinned co-ord and cartoon prints on loose hanging jumpers and dresses. They were supposed to represent a television of the brink, and are completely unforgettable. Even beach wear had a flamboyant upgrade with colour clashing and reflective circles. in a image to 60s era of film, texture, print and colour showed us all how much fun Jeremy can have with fashion.
3. Summer doesn’t have to be colourful
Theory showed off culottes, slouchy trousers, suit jackets and THAT off the shoulder style in shades of white, black and grey- with some polka dots and nudes thrown in the mix. Breaking the idea that summer styling should be colourful whilst contrasting sharp cuts with loose tailoring. These are the clothes we all wish we could wear to our first interview.
DKNY took a leap back to the era of their early 90s iconic pinstriped power suit with divine jacket dresses, but Chow and Osborne made their personal presence known with a navy blue pinstripe dress with broad T-shirt shoulders; the torn apart power suit. They layered sheer shirt dresses in a way that could so easily transfer to a high street store window. White and black was the winning palette- think effortless monochrome and block colours.
4. Clothes have no gender.
MCQ Alexander Mcqueen taught us all that you don’t have to chose between soft feminine style and tomboyish garms, and also that they shouldn’t have these labels in the first place, because an MCQ girl can be punk, cute and smart, all at once and cares not for gender style boundaries. Chain belts are a must for the SS16 world and metallic leathers can come in dress and trouser/jacket form. Dresses came in mid-thigh wide set fits and net never looked so good as its layered under sheer but tough blouses.
5. An American girl can be spotted from mile away
The weeks big show closers told us to step back and strip down American fashion to its roots; think red white and blue with Marc Jacobs 62-piece collection. These looks just keep on giving and you could never really appreciate them until you got the chance to study them. A spliced dress with a kitsch jumper thrown on top, cardigans thrown over shoulders, lace over pop-art designs…. We never knew this could be so good.
Calvin Klein oozed American minimalism. Slip dresses that were the rulers in the 90s were given an update by Costa , as they had wider straps and were paired with slip on platforms pumps. Jackets came in longer lengths and would sit comfortably on the shoulders of an confident New Yorker, as well as trousers complimenting silken underwear. Deconstruction was strong amongst the collection, with hems sliced upwards and extra panels on top of clothing.
Oddly for Costa there were elements of spring-time flower patterns but the dominant theme was black, whites and nudes. Sequinned slip on dresses and silk textures have made me feel comforted and empowered all at once.