As Paris Fashion Week edges towards an end and the ink dries on stories about none other than Her Majesty the Queen sitting front row with Anna Wintour at a London Fashion Week show (in case you’re wondering, yes those signature sunglasses stay on even for the Queen!), we’re taking a breather to digest the looks from fashion’s most stylish six weeks of the year.
At a time when temperatures have plummeted to record lows as the ‘Beast from the East’ rolls into town, it’s strangely comforting to read all about what we’ll be wearing to keep out the cold this time next year. Here are some of the key trends from the hundreds of collections shown at Fashion Weeks around the world.
AW17 was all about red from head-to-toe but magenta is making a comeback according to the catwalks. The punchiest pink of them all will trickle into our outfits over summer, in gossamer thin chiffons and ultra-feminine accessories, before becoming the colour we turn to in full force to brighten up the grey days of winter. Best of all, these grown-up shades are the perfect contradiction against this season’s masculine checked prints.
SUIT OF ARMOUR SEQUINS
It’s time to put your playful Studio 54 inspired sequin looks to the side and embrace a tougher edge to embellishments. Next season’s sequins wouldn’t look out of place on a medieval battlefield, so reminiscent are they of chunky chainmail. Palettes are either big and tarnished or tiny silver speckles, both varieties worn with your heaviest charcoal knits and the sophisticated kitten heels you’ll already have stocked up on this season.
If you’re a serial street style stalker like us, you’ll already have Crayola coloured tights on your fashion radar. Replacing fishnets as the accessory du jour for the season ahead, coloured tights are this year’s version of the strange but true trend that emerges every season. There were nods to the Sixties in various collections across the catwalks but the standout look behind the continuous theme was undoubtedly tights in emerald, teal and even animal print. Which leads us on the next trend perfectly…
REALLY WILD PRINTS
As far as we are concerned, leopard print is a neutral. After seeing countless collections come down the runway that wouldn’t look out of place in the zoo, it appear we aren’t the only ones. Leopard print never really went away but it is big news for next season. Dig out your leopard print coats and embrace your animal instincts in soft silk shirts, because taking a walk on the wild side has never been quite so encouraged.
Hoodies used to be reserved for lazy Sundays and beating the chill on airplanes. Not any more. The sportsluxe trend isn’t going anywhere and the hoodie looks set to take the place of your cashmere jumpers for the foreseeable future. AW18 sees the humble hoodie prove itself as acceptable daywear, albeit probably not for the office. Wear your True Religion style oversized to get a head start on a trend that could well be the comfiest ever to come from the catwalks.
And finally, as the world’s Fashion Weeks come to a close, we’re looking ahead to our very own. We can’t promise the Queen will make a special guest appearance at Bawtry Fashion Week but we can guarantee fashion shows and events that just keep on getting better in the region’s most stylish market town. Will you be joining us?