Stylist's Executive Fashion Editor Kitty McGee, Shopping Editor Lucy Reber and Acting Fashion Director Sorrel Kinder have rounded up 15 key trends to invest in, following the SS15 shows at Fashion Month.
Prepare for a strong 70s influence to hit the high street soon, including calf-length flared trousers and plenty of luxe denim. Wave goodbye to heels, as flat shoes - in the form of chunky flatforms or summery gladiator sandal styles - are set to dominate collections.
Culottes, once again, will be hitting shops soon, with wide, loosely-tailored versions a huge favourite for spring/summer. Designers have also taken the unusual step of catering for chillier days, with soft summer leather, in pastels as well as glossy cherry reds, popping up throughout the collections.
Microtrends come in the form of sheer eveningwear, from the glamorous black trousers we saw at Tom Ford to soft pastel pants worn under tunics at Giorgio Armani. Accessories-wise, watch out for a fun 'back to school' theme, as seen at Anya Hindmarch and Versace.
Beautiful deconstructed dresses stood out at some of the big name shows, with pleats, layers and sporty detailing bringing an exciting new silhouette.
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With spring collections hitting stores in the winter months, it makes sense that designers have finally taken this on board. Summer leather was shown at some of the biggest names shows, one of the highlights being Miu Miu, with glossy red and soft matte blue or white knee-length coats worn with ruffled cropped tops and leather pencil skirts.
L: Miu Miu and Calvin Klein
If bright colours aren’t quite your thing then you're in luck - monochrome featured heavily throughout the SS15 shows. Look to Victoria Beckham for bold graphic stripes or to JW Anderson for a chic nautical feel.
L-R: Victoria Beckham, JW Anderson
If the nautical feel or the 70s are your style, you'll be happy to know that trousers will be calf-length and flared this spring, worn with ankle boots, as at at Gucci and Louis Vuitton, or with woven sandals at Sportsmax for a more summery feel.
L-R: Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Sportmax
Mesh was a key fabric for SS15, carrying on the trend for sports-influenced pieces. It was used not only on daywear but on evening dress and accessories.
L-R: Balenciaga, DKNY, Kenzo
Back To School
Accessories also found a fun 'back to school' trend, bringing back fond memories of many an hour spent customising pencil cases, books and bags. Anya Hindmarch made our pencil cases into chic, fun clutch bags and customisable sticker handbags, while Versace gave us a compartment for our pens, pencils and phones with elegant yet practical utility handbags.
The Deconstructed Dress
After seeing the Marc by Marc Jacobs show in NYC there was suddenly a gaping hole in my wardrobe in the shape of a deconstructed party dress. Pleats and polka dots, sweaters and bustier panels combined to make a cocktail hour dress that felt fresh and irreverent.
Textured panels with sporty vibes were also seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Prabal Gurung.
L-R: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Prabal Gurung and 3.1 Phillip Lim
The fashion team heaved a collective sigh of relief as we ascertained that the flat remains key for SS15. We saw multi-hued trainers at Burberry and Jimmy Choo and chunky sports sandals from Peter Pilotto and Kate Spade. The future looks flat.
L-R: Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Kate Spade
Sheer is a huge trend for SS15, even trousers are getting in on the glam action. From Tom Ford's rock chics dressed in top-to-toe black to Giorgio Armani’s more demure sheer pants layered under shorts and a tunic top. Prepare to bare.
L-R: Tom Ford, Christopher Kane, Giorgio Armani
There was denim all over the SS15 catwalks, from cropped jackets and joggers at Fendi to 70s shirt dresses and maxi skirts at Chloe. This work wear fabric has gone luxe for the new season.
L-R: Fendi, Chloe, Burberry
The 60s, 70s and 90s are the decades of the season. Sixties influences popped up at shows from Tommy Hilfiger to Louis Vuitton, while 70s was the most-referenced decade throughout fashion month. The 90s also made a key appearance, with sporty monochrome crop tops and branding at Versace and Richard Nicoll showing tie dyed slip dresses and metallic rave parkas.
L-R: Emilio Pucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Richard Nicoll
Florals are reincarnated every spring/summer season but this season botanical motifs were the runaway theme of the season. From embroidered leaf patterns as seen at Erdem to subtle Japanese embroidery at Jonathan Saunders and hand-stitched appliquéd florals at Marni and Michael Kors, we were immersed in a beautiful botanical world this season. One of the best trends for full-on glamour, opt for intricate details on opulent fabrics for the ultimate eveningwear look or team contemporary separates like Miu Miu’s bright, brocade floral skirts with a t-shirt and mules for a fresh day-to-night look.
Top L-R: Erdem, Jonathan Saunders. Below L-R: Marni, Michael Kors
Gladiator sandals were one of the stand-out footwear trends on the autumn runways. From flat sandals, perfect for dressing down a floaty dress for daytime at Alberta Ferretti, to chunky-heeled options that wind all the way up to the knee at Erdem and fierce lace-up ankle styles with super sculptural heels at Alexander McQueen. We’ll be investing in the flatter styles but dreaming about those epic girls at McQueen the whole time.
L-R: Alberta Ferretti, Erdem, Alexander McQueen
A continuation from last season’s tribal trend, especially in the jewellery department. For a smart daytime look team chunky tribal earrings with dresses and separates made from natural fabrics in neutral shades with rough, unfinished edges, as seen at Tory Burch and Victoria Beckham. For evening, team a structured cropped top with a full, printed midi skirt and tribal bangles as seen at Donna Karan and for an undone holiday look wear pretty tribal necklaces with billowing printed silk dresses, as seen at Etro.
L-R: Tory Burch, Etro, Victoria Beckham
18th century influences were noticeable at some of the key SS15 shows, with high Victorian collars featuring most prominently. Erdem kicked off the trend with a collection inspired by Victorian biologist and botanical artist Marianne North. At Prada we saw high collars made from luxurious, gilded fabrics with rough, unfinished edges, some were even finished with diamonds, and then at Christian Dior, white cotton smocks were touched with broderie anglaise or sprigged florals, cutting a bold, billowing silhouette - the perfect dresses to daydream in.
L-R: Erdem, Prada, Christian Dior
One of the more wearable trends to emerge from the runways this season was loose tailoring, with culottes being the most popular. Take your style cue from minimal-with-a-twist label Tibi and opt for a wide, silky style that falls between the knee and the ankle in a light colour with a cropped, boxy black shirt and flatforms. Stella McCartney showed navy and beige tailored culottes with cut out details and paired them with matching tops and pool slides with knotted details, perfect for a warm city day.
L-R: Tibi, Stella McCartney, Kenzo