Category: Be Inspired

LONDON FASHION WEEK S/S 2015

September 26, 2014 in: Be Inspired, Fashion Week, Trend Report, Trends

After the thrills of NYFW we turn our attention to London to show us what it’s got.

Famous for it’s young generation of designers, London is always the height of cool and highlights the most cutting edge designs. This year technology took an important role and shows were streaming live to phones, tablets and even shop windows throughout the city.

Key trends for next SS15 float gently on pure white fabric, layers of tulle and lighter-than-air lace. Midriffs were the new focal point and multiple shades of beautiful blues were displayed in both separates and dresses alike. Embellishment is always important in high fashion, with dark and emotive gothic designs enhanced with beading, delicate applique and subtle cut-outs. There was of course a fun element in store for us, with big brands focussing on their print of the season; stripes.

Here we have picked out our favourite pieces from the London Trends:
WHITE_OUT

Nothing says Summer like an angelic all white outfit and the catwalks were constant with ethereal models drifting past in these gorgeous clean designs. Vintage-inspired floor length lace was a show-stopper at Erdem and we love the feminine silhouettes at Holly Fulton and Topshop Unique.

HOLLY FULTON{Gorgeous applique at Holly Fulton}

TOPSHOP UNIQUE{Bedazzled sheer fabrics at Topshop Unique}

ERDEM{Floor-length lace layers at Erdem}

FEELING_BLUE

Every blue you could ever imagine popped up this season at LFW – from Sky to Navy, Emerald to Powder these hues were a statement and there is one to fit all. Burberry Prosum had elegant layers of tulle blues highlighted with a navy bow, Richard Nicoll went luxe in maxi-length draping and satin was mixed with matte fabrics at Paul Smith.

CHRISTOPHER KANE{Lady-like tulle at Christopher Kane}

RICHARD NICOLL{Powder blue drape at Richard Nicoll}

PAUL SMITH{Mixing textures at Paul Smith}

GOTHIC_EMBELLISHMENT

Black is high end fashion. No matter what season, the omnipresent colour throughout the year is black. We saw this in many forms for this coming season; in textures over sheer fabrics, in appliqued panels, in embroidered tulle layers, in lace structures. Lace came out to play at Erdem again with a gothic twist, and we love the feminine embellishment at Holly Fulton.

HOLLY FULTON{Delicate feminine embroidery at Holly Fulton}

ERDEM{A gothic lace twist at Erdem}

CHRISTOPHER KANE{Romantic dark applique at Christopher Kane}

SPORTY_STRIPES

An element of fun was thrown in to the mix with striped sportswear – in modern minimalist tones and mixed widths these pieces looking fresh and contemporary. Monochrome looks are interjected with blues, reds and pinks  to make them exciting and runway-worthy. We love the 60′s pink looks at Giles and the classic monochrome styling at Emilia Wickstead.

CHRISTOPHER KANE{Classic pieces with a modern twist at Christopher Kane}

GILES{Kitsch 60′s stripes over at Giles}

PREEN 3{Powerful stripes at Preen}

We can’t wait til next Spring, which trends will be hitting your wardrobe in 2015?

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK S/S 2015

September 19, 2014 in: Be Inspired, Coast Moments, Fashion Week

All eyes were on the city of New York for their famously fashion-forward collections last week, and we couldn’t wait to see the inspiration for next season’s looks!

Classic Spring/Summer trends came through strongly with new takes on favourites such as pastels, florals and monochromes – but with new darker elements coming through with burgandy and navy tones, bold graphical prints and textures and eye-catching metallic elements.

See below for our favourite trends that we spotted on the catwalk for next season:

SPRING_SORBETS

Spring and Summer are famous for their pretty pastels and delicate sorbet shades – this year is no different but a fresh new outlook takes this from classic to contemporary with the use of modern burn-out textures, heavy embellishment, luxurious lace and daring proportions on separates. We love the maxi skirt teamed with the crop tops seen, textured details throughout the Monique Lhuillier and perfect maxi dresses at Jenny Packham.

OSCAR DE LA RENTA{SKY BLUE GINGHAM AT OSCAR DE LA RENTA}

BADGLEY MISCHKA{LILAC LACE AT BADGLEY MISCHKA}

ERIN FETHERSTON2{LEMON MAXI SKIRTS AT ERIN FETHERSTON}

IRIDESCENT_LIQUID

Metallics are traditionally selected for Autumn/Winter seasons with Christmas being prime time to wear a bit of shimmer- Not for S/S15 however, where the NY designers have designated that the metallic trend will shine through out the year! Through delicate metallic woven fibres and printed fabrications to iridescent features and trims at Marc Jacobs and Jenny Packham, these designs will stay relevant throughout the season with minimal accessories and sleek hair to keep the look minimal and modern.

MONIQUE LHUILLIER2{IRIDESCENT SCENES AT MONIQUE LHUILLIER}

JENNY PACKHAM2{METALLIC DETAILS AT JENNY PACKHAM}

MONIQUE LHUILLIER{PALE PINK METALLIC FABRICS AT MONIQUE LHUILLIER}

MAGNETIC_MONOMonochromes are a constant throughout the year but never more fresh than during the Spring/Summer Season. Separates were key this year with textured lace skirts, printed fabrics and structured tops to match. Softening the bold mono look was lots of feminine detailing such as lace, embroidery and peplum waistbands.

ERIN FETHERSTON{FLORAL BURN-OUTS AT ERIN FETHERSTON}

MONIQUE LHUILLIER{FLORAL FLOURISHES AT MONIQUE LHUILLIER}

REBECCA TAYLOR{LACE APPLIQUE AT REBECCA TAYLOR}

FULL_BLOOMFlorals for Spring? We know, it might not be a ground breaking idea – but how can you say no to these beautiful pieces from our favourite New York designers? With frocks ranging from floor-skimming to feminine vintage-inspired knee-length numbers with gorgeous decorative techniques and prints embellishing this strikingly pretty pieces.

OSCAR DE LA RENTA{ORGANZA EMBROIDERY AT OSCAR DE LA  RENTA}LELA ROSE2{DELICATE PRINTS AT LELA ROSE}

BADGLEY MISCHKA2{OMBRE PETALS CASCADE AT BADGLEY MISCHKA}

DARK_SHADOWSDeep velvety burgandy, rich emeralds and bold navy blues were a surprising feature on this years Spring/Summer catwalks. Traditionally soley for the pastels and the florals, this year looks to bring the elegance and mystery of the evening to the season where bright is ruled as right. Rich plum tones at Victoria Beckham matched with the deep blue hues at Jason Wu and 3.1 Phillip Lim are luxurious in tone and flattering in fit.

VICTORIA BECKHAM{MERLOT CO-ORDS AT VICTORIA BECKHAM}

JASON WU{ELEGANT LEATHER LOOKS AT JASON WU}3.1 PHILLIP LIM{DRAPING DARKS AT 3.1 PHILLIP LIM}

GRAPHICAL_CLASH

Stripes, spots, florals, checks and ethnic patterns were running riot all over NY’s catwalks this year. Clashing is key next season with separates being layered boldly over other prints to create not only interesting silhouettes but also unique pattern combinations. Thakoon layered multiple polka dots, DKNY used stripes to solidify the aztec print skirts and Lela Rose went for demure checks- with more checks!

THAKOON{TEXTURES AND STRIPES AT THAKOON}

DKNY{STRIPES VS GRAPHICAL PRINTS AT DKNY}

LELA ROSE2{DELICATE CHECKS AT LELA ROSE}

Which trend can you see being huge next season? Or more importantly, which one will you be wearing?