London Fashion Week Review

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London Fashion Week, along with all the other fashion weeks, has become a national phenomenon with thousands of people hitting the streets of London to be part of the hype. People from all around the world come to not only vie the catwalks, but see trend shows, exhibitions, talks and be some of the first to purchase outfits from design houses for the coming season.

Unless you are invited to a show, it is unlikely that you will be in with the chance of getting tickets to some of the big names like Burberry, Vivienne Westwood and Sophia Webster, however many fashion shows are recorded and streamed live. For those of us who have a keen interest in fashion, and have not been invited, this is our way of getting some of the best views of the catwalk and it’s live!

While there is still officially one and a half more days left of LFW SS16 there are some clear fashion trends that I have seen emerging. And just some items that I think look fantastic.

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This round neck, semi-fitted shift dress, in red and white check, with short frill cap sleeves and a black and white frilled front fastening waist belt by Mother of Pearl, has an almost 1930’s feel to it and would look very cute accompanied by a boater hat.

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I just love the paper bag style, open pleated waist line on this 1940’s style skirt and top combination from Mother of Pearl. Again with a sleeveless round neck top and frillesque waist line popular for this season.

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This long sleeve, round neck, rose print top and exaggerated blouson shorts set from Emilia Wickstead, while being heavy on the old floral print is still really elegant and the shape accentuates those curves that if we don’t have naturally are extremely feminine. This is something I would love to wear, but probably not when doing the grocery shopping.

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While I’m not a big fan of every detail on this round neck, sleeveless fitted shift dress by Holly Fulton, I do like the shape and the interesting frill detail that swirls up and around at the front almost defying gravity. The colours, dark/navy blue and lilac are popular for SS16 and look fantastic together in this dress.

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This pale blue, round neck, sleeveless top and high waist, cream stripe satin, straight leg trouser with over sized frill is something that could be worn every day. The frill while being quite exuberant is really eye catching, especially with the orange and black detail that peaks out from beneath the fabric. The outfit is smart, yet fun and without the frill would be a great summer work set. I like this one from Roksanda.

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As you will have seen from some of my previous posts, I love shoes. Can’t get enough of them. I love them so much I learnt how to make them. One of my favourite shoes designers has to be Sophia Webster and you can see why from this set of stunning, playful and colourful pair of heels.

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Continuing with the fashion pieces, this round neck, sleeveless, floral print pink, front diagonal slit opening with slight gather dress is stunning. The simple, yet graceful neckline flows beautifully down in an A-line shape to the bellowing and yet tamed floor length skirt. Can definitely see this being turned into a high street piece.

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I’m not a big an of the fabric on this dress, I think it distracts from the features that attracted me to it, being the tiered gathers that create an interesting an feminine feel to the dress. With the wide round neck and long sleeves this dress, especially in the lightweight fabrics chosen by Daks, is perfect for a picnic in the park during those spring and summer months.

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This second dress from Daks, again features a round neck sleeveless top, but with an interesting arm hole detail that is more angular on other designers work. The skirt is straight, but the fabric allows the skirt to move and flow as the wearer is walking. The dress also has a long ribbon waist tie that is also popular this season. While the colours on this fabric are more muted, they are the same; blue, lilac, black, white and burnt orange.

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This dress does come away from the themes I’ve been looking at, however I love the neck line and strapless dresses and tops are a fashion feature for SS16. The amount of detailed handicraft beading that has gone into creating almost all of Julien MacDonalds collections is amazing and adds to the opulence of the designs. This is definitely a party dress.

While each of these outfits is really quite different, they do carry some of the themes for SS16 that can be found across the fashion collections at LFW.

Here’s my list:

Round neck/Deep v-neck

Sleeveless/Long sleeve/Strapless

Knee length/floor length

Frills

Skirt slits

White/Black/Blue/Lilac/Yellow/Pink

Glitter beading

Lace/Chiffon/Satin

Straight/A-line

Long floating ribbons

Stripes/Floral/Block

I feel like I could choose one from each line and find an outfit using those terms.

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