From Runway To Sidewalk: Trends From London Fashion Week
It doesn't take very long for the trends from the runway to be adopted in the streets, especially when they are trends we've only been waiting for to finally become "in" again. Here are some trends from London Fashion Week that are already taking off, and for good reason.
Trading Stilettos For Sneakers
Apparently stilettos are out, and fashion has taken a turn for the better of the soles. If we've been waiting for our time to wear comfortable footwear, now is it; maybe first presented at Chanel’s Spring Haute Couture show in Paris, where Karl chose to pair formal dress ensembles with fashion forward trainers, the look has now been adopted by many designers and consumers alike. J. JS Lee set the mark right off the bat with her use of sporty flats and Mark Fast enlightened us with his lineup of shiny sneaker/oxford hybrids, which we are all so quick to adopt. Bye bye stilettos, hello sneakers.
Prints: Animals and Beyond
Solid colours are great, but suddenly we're seeing plenty of prints. This season at London Fashion Week, prints were virtually splashed on every catwalk, including Art Deco and structured, geometric patterns, as well as bold red plaid, patterns that resemble colourful, magnified bacteria, and a set of beetles and birds in the Giles show. Animal prints were popular too, what with the snakeskin PVC dresses in upcoming designer Simone Rocha’s show as well as the leopard print business suits by Mary Katranztou. And of course, we're seeing plenty of prints on the streets - animals and beyond.
Since Cara Delevingne walked the Burberry Prorsum runway in essentially a customized blanket, we're seeing this reflected on the streets as well. Oversized, blanket-like shawls are now being draped over the shoulders - which can be accomplished with large scarfs, too. Aside from offering more warmth to those suffering from the high winds in London (and poor weather everywhere) this trend might just become a Spring/Summer staple too, with lighter, more colourful fabrics being draped over shoulders and adding perhaps that "pop" to otherwise basic ensembles.
Fur and Russian Royalty
Fur is obviously back in - and in numbers! Whether you're in Paris, Milan, or London, it's hard to take a step on the street without seeing a fur jacket, or a fur vest, or a piece of fur hanging from a handbag. Fur scarfs and throws are in, too, and it seems we'll be seeing much more patchwork fur, taking into consideration the collection from TopShop Unique. Perhaps a tribute to the Olympics, we're seeing fur being implemented creatively - both on the runway and the sidewalk - to line the plunging necklines of dresses or emphasize the shoulders, offering an air that whispers “Russian royalty.”