AW15 Trend Report
Over the past week we have seen the weird, wonderful and wacky descend on our nation's capital for bi-annual fashion circus that is.. London Fashion Week! Bloggers were out in their multitudes, magazine editors breezed through the chaos, there was mass frenzy wherever a celebrity happened to be and there were thousands of photographs taken. But what really mattered were the clothes.
The prevalence of the seventies continued into Autumn/Winter 2015 collections but focused on the early part of the decade - 60's hemlines combined with 70's collars to create something which was super retro. There was a distinctive nod to retro prints; psychedelic swirls and geometric curves were noticeable across the board and where the retro reference wasn't really striking - there was nods towards detailing in virtually every collection. Another prominent look throughout the collections was colour. Colour, colour, colour. Gone were the washed out pastels of recent seasons and in place were bold primary tones.
The influence of the 70's was strong throughout LFW and there were distinctive nods towards key design aspects of the iconic decade.
Fabrics were rich and silhouettes were authentic to the classic look of the era. High necks and flared trousers make for a classic 70's feel.
Emphasis was focused on the sexiness of the era but not in the conventional Studio 54 sense. These looks were more Soho cool with knee high boots and wide lapel trench coats.
Carrying on the 70's mood, THE skirt shape for Autumn/Winter 2015. From flares fishtail to extreme a-lines, all bases were covered here.
Everywhere on and off the catwalk was an abundance of cosy shearling textures. Dip-dyed, panelled, suede backed, primary tones - the variety is endless!
They're already starting to creep about on the high street and on the actual street but get prepared for the legwear choice of 2015 to get even more extreme.
The retro feel tended to amalgamate between the 60's and 70's throughout the LFW collections but there was a distinct nod to the swinging sixties through mini hemlines and primary tones.
Man, woman - who cares? One of the more understated looks to come off of the catwalks is some comfortable winter androgyny. Slouched silhouettes and warm tones make for a perfect winter uniform.
Whatever the season, whatever the city - it would be a bit dull without some Leopard spots. Harking back to retro femininity, this animal print is super chic for AW15.
AW15 shows were bursting with primary tones. Gone were the washed out pastels of recent seasons and in place were sun bright shades.
Colour clashing? Nah, doesn't exist anymore. Again, a look derived from classic retro looks - the blocks of primary were striking and spectacular.
Understated yet equally as impactful were some bold separate blocks. Flashes of bold brights were emphasized with dull greys and muddy khakis.
Inspired by classic vintage prints, this trend was divvied up into two polar styles; geometric and psychedelic.
Non-geometric patterns took a distinctly retro feel with chunky detailing in rich tones. Slotted together and inspired by vintage prints, these bold patterns have a definitive retro charm to them.
Look closer at the finer detail. Abstract silhouettes slotted and jolted against eachother to create trippy prints and blurred paisleys gave a dreamy vintage vibe.
Contrasting all the bright, retro vibes was some pared down functionality. Continuing on the look which will be popular for all 2015, utility took a luxe sports approach.
The flowing chiffon print maxi dresses which will takeover summer shows no signs of abating, despite the unlikely season.
No this one has a more wintery vibe to it. Carpets and chintzy florals in thick fabrics draped and moulded on winter appropriate shapes.
It wouldn't be winter, and it wouldn't be LFW without the obligatory abundance of checks, tartans and tweeds. Expect to see vintage inspired colour palettes and emphasis on the Prince of Wales cloth though.
One which has trickled up from the street, there's no need to store your oversized coat away because these beauties will be relevant all year round (sun permitting obvs).
A variety of print styles were visible on the catwalks and through street style but it was the way they were styled and clashed together which made this look particularly noteworthy.