Having waved goodbye to London Fashion Week on Tuesday, we now bring you a quick roundup of the hottest new looks both on and off the catwalk for AW14.
LFW had a bit of everything. The cobbles of Somerset House saw rain, gale force winds and even sunshine and London fashionistas seemed ready for all of it. Street style was colourful, strong and sunny and Fashion Week visitors posed in pretty pastels and bold checks. On the catwalk some key styles included beautiful prints, extra wide sleeves and baseball jackets.
Scroll down for your definite guide to the latest trends from LFW.
While previous seasons focussed on digital prints, we are now seeing a counter-revolution. Designers have added an extra dimension with elaborate 3D creations where different fabrics form a collage of structual embellishments, often integrated within a motif. “Prints are too easily copied”, said British fashion designer Antonio Berardi about his AW14 designs (see top image), “I prefer to develop my own techniques in the factory.”
Trend Colour Brown
In terms of colour we are seeing a return to brown with shades all the way up the palette to rusty red, matching the warm autumnal hues that are due to follow a spring summer season of tangerine and coral.
Wide sleeves are getting even bigger. The trend that already found its way into current seasons (see Finders Keepers) is here to stay. With a slightly increased length, sleeves are now wider than in previous seasons, making for a tailored and slightly sculpted silhouette that will be a hot look this summer.
We saw elegant versions of this sports jacket both on and off the catwalk at LFW. At Jonathan Saunders baseball jackets were silky and with floral motifs, blogger La Petite Anglaise wore her initials on a pink jacket and Julia Shutenko showed off the American Dreams Bomber. The navy blue piece with iridescent sleeves in neoprene-like fabric is part of Finders Keepers’ beautiful The Graduate Collection.
Checks and tartan have been favoured by fashion week goers during past seasons and it looks like they’re here to stay with checks getting more bold. The tartan print is no longer restricted to shirts and can even be mixed with other check prints. Finders Keepers put the iconic print on an iphone case that popped up at LFW.
Pastels & Whites
Julia Shutenko wrapped up in the super stylish Finders Keepers American Dreams Jumper from The Graduate Collection that fronts a beautifully embroidered eagle, while other London fashionistas kept warm in pastel coloured coats. Who said that pale colours were limited to spring and summer seasons?
We’ve seen hearts on sleeves, flowers and smileys, it only makes sense that another one of our favourite emoticons, the lips, have made it onto clothes. At Giles the icon adorned a pink coat, while the above trendsetter wore a knitwear lips jumper with a slight 3D effect.