Don’t be fooled by the title of this post – I didn’t quite make it again to London Fashion Week this year, due to a silly amount of work loading up back in Manchester. However, all hope wasn’t lost – I managed to keep up to date with the shows, the trends, the street style and the new designers from being glued to my Instagram and Twitter feeds, constantly.
When it comes to LFW, I kind of have mixed views. There’s always a few key favourite designers of mine I’d love to be in the watch the shows, but then there’s a whole side to it when people take it overly serious, feeling like it’s a fashion competition, battling it out for who can get snapped my the top fashion publications.
I was quite happy this year to sit it out and take a break, rounding up the new trends from the online world back in Manchester. One thing I noticed from the shows was that once again, florals were displayed on the catwalks as a big trend, which got me thinking: are florals literally a trend that’s here to stay? The SS16 take on this trend is themed around ‘Beautiful Botanics’ – therefore it’s the usual flowery arrangement with a focus much more on ‘new romance’. Think luxurious pastels, feminine lace and tulle, English country garden influences, embroidered floral gowns and tiered dresses, all in lovely dusky shades of pinks, purples and creams. Hopefully, the photos above and below from my own dress boutique showcase the trend a little bit for you!
Another trend that came out big from LFW 2016 was Citrus Brights: a bold burst of colour predominately in shades of yellows, oranges and greens on striking contrasting backgrounds of jet black. The Secret Garden Camisole Dress below is a stylish little representation of this trend, perfect for the upcoming wedding guest season. Another feature from the Citrus Brights trend that shone through from LFW was that tangerine orange is officially the new black. So if you need a little bit of colour inspiration taken direct from the designers, now you’ve got it! I love wearing a fresh, brightening shade of orange when it comes to camisole tops, bikinis and accessories, so I’m fairly happy with the new colour of 2016…
Following on from the ‘New Romance‘ trend that was also showcased heavily throughout LFW, was another uber girly look – and that’s the use of ruffles and frills. The arrival of girly cuts, pretty ruffles, frill details and an adorable princess colour palette is set to create a dream wardrobe for the ladies this SS16. The ruffles and frills trend was seen dominating LFW, used mainly to create lots of lovely volume and texture across shirts, dresses and accessories. Inspired by romance with influences from the Victorian era, it’s a smart look with lots of delicate lace in a pale pastel colour scheme.
The best thing about incorporating frills into fashion is that it’s super easy to wear if you love dressing up. Day or evening dresses can feature frill detail hem lines or necklines, and blouses and daytime tops can include frill inspired bib features, or pretty frill capped sleeves. Even fitted shirts can incorporate a little frill detail onto pockets – it’s such an easy-to-wear, versatile trend. There’s some cute inspiration pieces from Parisian which I came across while having a little research of this trend, which has gave me loads of ideas myself about how to wear this look during the Summer season.
Basically, if you are super girly and love the whole soft touched, pretty princess inspired look, then wearing the frill trend will be an exciting trend for you to take on. Roll on a season of cute dresses and sheer blouses!