Christmas might be around the corner but Spring is not as far away as you think. If the fashion shows passed you by, here are my top ten highlights from New York, London, Milan and Paris. Phew!
1. Romance is… a silk dress from Calvin Klein and a pair of trainers
New York was awash with silk slips and delicate fabrics – an easy-to-wear romantic spring trend. Calvin Klein’s simple, silk dresses looked effortless with natural hair and crisp white trainers. A perfect pairing of comfort and glamour. See also Phoebe Philo for Celine in Paris for silky slips teamed with tough biker boots.
2. A Kaleidoscope of dreams – Mary Katrantzou’s prism dress
If you thought boho was over and folk dresses were for fogies Mary Katrantzou will change your mind. Imagine a traditional Romanian folk dress seen through a kaleidoscope and you get the idea of Katrantzou’s beautiful digitally printed dresses. Sequined in shades of blue and green and paired with sparkly tights it was folk dress meets space invader. Etro also showed a strong folk print theme in Milan but with a warmer pallette of dusky pinks and reds. It was Katrantzou’s digital print prism dress which was the show stopper though, and as you can see it is beautiful.
3. Costume drama
Ruffs, big billowing sleeves, feathered hats, ball gowns and models dancing with ribbons were all part of Giles Deacon’s theatrical solo show / period romp. Poppy Delevigne worked silk embroidered trousers which wouldn’t look out of place on a chaise longue circa Marie Antoinette. Edie Campbell imitated Lord Byron with a billowing sleeved silk blouse while Karen Elson channelled Elizabeth I in a dramatic feathered ball gown. The grand and star-studded affair was off set with simple make-up and unfussy plaits (definitely a trend to look out for).
Whether it’s acid bright as seen at Rag & Bone or all over pastel at Christopher Kane, 2016 is looking very yellow. If you needed more convincing Alexa Chung (months ahead of course) showed up to the Topshop Unique show in a bright yellow jumper (Topshop obvs). The standout yellow dresses from Burberry Prosrum were surely the best yellow of all though. Fingers crossed ASOS make a similar one.
5. Summer furry animals
There is something brilliant about fake fur that isn’t trying to look real at all, blue, yellow, purple, orange – the brighter the better.The (fake) fur accessories from House of Holland and Topshop Unique in London were fun and easily translatable to the high street. Miu Miu in Paris added huge, navy blue fur stoles to smart pencil skirts and blouses so this trend can even work for the office.
6. Jonathan Saunders
Jonathan Saunders’ beautiful collection from LFW show got rave reviews from the fashion press across the globe. It’s not hard to see why; beautiful tailoring, exquisite colours and all so wearable. Similar tailored styles also featured heavily at Hermes (Paris) and Jil Sander (Milan).
7. La Dolce (Vita) and Gabbana
Dolce and Gabbana’s Milan show was an homage to old school Italian glamour. Models took selfies and wore dresses featuring famous landmarks as they made their down the runway to the tunes of ‘that’s amore’. This was a celebration of fashion (and selfies) at their most fabulous.
8. Golden eyes
Whether it was a black dot at Mary Katrantzou, all over blue in New York (Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg), or gold ‘a la’ Pat McGrath in Paris, eyeshadow (a lot of it) is making a come back. Uber make-up artist Pat McGrath launched her new line of eyeshadow in a flash mob style event at the Tuiliries Gardens in Paris. Giving the midas touch to anyone passing by (mostly models and Kris Jenner) Pat’s new Gold 001 shade is just the right amount of shimmer to be goddess-like but not garish. Kris bought some for Kim Kardashian who was papped later that day wearing it. You definitely need this on your Christmas list.
Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent’s show was a talking point of Paris fashion week. Unpopular with some of the fashion press for supposedly being an unoriginal collection, the tiaras however, seemed to be universally well-liked. Teamed with delicate dresses and wellington boots this is more Glastonbury chic than gypsy wedding.
Before you panic and imagine a return of the ra-ra skirt (those of you who were a teenager in the early noughties will sympathise). Don’t worry these ruffles are elegant and come in all shapes and sizes. At Balmain they formed part of a structured trouser whereas Erdem took us back to the Little House on the Prairie with these elegant floaty gowns.