Twice every year, London’s grandest neoclassical structure Somerset House, gears up to welcome a maelstrom of fashion designers and models dressed in their finest frocks. The fashion frenzy might be over but editors, bloggers and street stylists are diligently sharing notes on what would keep us stylishly ahead this autumn winter. Here are my top picks that I cannot wait to try and personalise in the coming months.
The 70s continued to rock the runway. Topshop, Burberry and Matthew Williamson were some of the names who took us back to the era. But it was not just the 70s, fashion bigwigs continued to take inspiration from nostalgic yesteryears as you will see below.
Image via: Vogue UK
Who would have thought that childhood games like snakes & ladders and candy land could transition into designer fashion? But that’s exactly what designer Peter Pilotto’s AW2015 showcased. The imaginative and playful collection comprising dresses, skirts and outerwear (to name a few) put popular games from 1980s in the fashion map. This collection is the perfect reason to celebrate the kid in you.
Image via: Vogue UK
Each season certain materials become the darling thing in style circles. This season designers have put materials like PVC, shearling and velvet on the fashion radar. The sedate PVC was turned into jaw-dropping skirts, trousers and even coats by the likes of Topshop and JW Anderson while shearling was turned into candy coloured teddy bear ensembles by Burberry and Roksanda Illincic. Designer Emilio de la Morena gave an inventive spin to velvet.
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A throwback to Western movies perhaps, fringe reigned supremely everywhere. From names like Julien Macdonald to Burberry, it was clear that fringe is a trend that will continue to benefit us all. The high street has already adapted this trend so there is no denial that this look will rule the roost this year.
Image via: Mirror.com
New York Fashion week cemented the humble polo neck’s reputation as the “it” knit of the season but London added a gamut of ribbed-knit styles in bright and neutral shades that will keep us stylishly cosy during winter.
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Tousled or Mermaid Waves were frequently show cased in several SS14 shows like Mulberry and Versace. I absolutely adore this look as it is laid-back and carefree written all over it. Yes, there are many ways to achieve the perfectly imperfect tousled waves using a plethora on curling irons and what-nots. But I am the lazy girl with absolutely no patience for curling irons (plus the fact I never can get them right ;)). So, I have an easy-peasy solution for getting this style with cascading waves.
For starters, I massaged my hair with almond and olive oil both known to nourish and moisture hair. After keeping it for an hour (longer the better), I washed it off with John Frieda’s smooth start shampoo and conditioner (you can use any good shampoo/conditioner for wavy/curly hair). After towel drying my hair for about ten minutes, I applied a dollop of their Unwind Curls Calming Creme (again this is what I’ve at the moment, you can use any). Blow dry your hair roughly and make it about 60% dry. Make two pigtails or one big plait depending on what kind of waves you want. Leave it overnight or for 5-6 hours.
The next day (or after 6 hours), gingerly take out your plaits and finger comb your hair puffing it little near the crown. Voila! You and your uber-cool tousled waves are now ready.
Lips: Revlon Embellished, Face: Carita, Eyes: Maybelline Eye Studio Master Smokey
My verdict: This is perhaps my all-time favourite hairstyles simply because it so easy to pull-off and I know for a fact that everyone gives you a second look (for good reasons) in this hair style. This is my I-am-too-cool care look and hence this trend definitely wins hands down ;).
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I have always maintained in this blog that I am not a very trend-oriented person. I love making a trend my own. But I admit that I do like to browse through popular trends just for inspiration. So, without further ado here are things that have captured my attention and which I hope to try this Autumn/ Winter. We are just on our way to Spring/Summer here in UK and the fashion world is already talking about AW. Wow! advance-thinking, indeed.
Image credit: Metro
As a kid, my mum would always dress me up in matching-matching layers. Funnily enough, I hated it. But I guess our tastes do change and I find this look absolutely fun yet sophisticated enough to turn heads in the right way. Matchy-matchy layering was featured in all the big shows–Burberry, Temperley, Giles and Peter Pilotto. The easiest way to nail this look? Matching your scarf to your coat. Something which I cannot wait to try.
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If I have a style weakness it has to be the leopard print. As much as I try to resist it, a leopard print would somehow find its way in my closet. I love the sheer boldness of this print. So, I am glad this flirty yet fierce appeared in the form of coat and dress at Céline and Chloé. I cannot wait to roar (once again) in this print.
Bright blue and Orange:
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Every season brings in its favourite colour and this AW14 will be about bright blues and oranges. A great way to break the monotony of winter grey, I say. But if this is too bold for you then take cue from Anya Hindmarch whose show featured quirky bags in these colours.
Image credit: Vogue
Earthy colours, textures, fluid shapes, flowing shapes and floaty silhouette makes this trend so scrumptious, different and with just the right amount of boho-chic; and when you know that even Burberry has deviated from their otherwise staid, military inspired print for something like this you know folklore inspired look has gone mainstream. Now, what I would like to see is how the high-street is going to adopt this look.
These are my top picks for the upcoming autumn/winter and I cannot wait to incorporate these trends and personalise them in the coming months 🙂
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Sometimes, deviating from basic black and donning a bold colour is an absolute necessity.
I chose this lovely green number for London Fashion Week but pregnancy tiredness and work kept me away this time. So, instead I wore this to celebrate an impromptu date night with the hubby.
Dress: Asos, Heels: Clarks (old), Bag: Zara, Statement necklace and earrings: Portobello Market
Sometimes, playing dress up in a bold colour is the only pick-me-up you need even when you are on your 26th week 🙂
PS: People keep asking me why I am doing maternity style posts and what I will gain by putting myself like that online? Well, the reason why I am doing this is because women do tend to lose their style and confidence in pregnancy thanks to their changing bodies. I want them, yes every women who embark on this wonderful journey to remember that without them life probably would not perpetuate and to take pride and joy in themselves 🙂
Starting tomorrow some of the most beautiful people from around the world will be swarming in London as the London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014 would start at Somerset House. While the big-wigs of fashion industry and bloggers would be a definite fix in the LFW shows; the rest of us need not feel so left out—it is London after all and there is plenty to do this week that will keep the fashionistas happy whilst fueling curiosity among non-fashionistas. Remember—fashion is not just in dresses. Fashion has to do with ideas. Here are some of the things that I hope to go to in the coming weeks.
Fashion is Fake Art Show:
Credit: Indra and Samia Blog
The project is started by artist and women’s wear designer Samia Malik. The project started out as an activism related to ethical trade in the fashion industry; which later on branched out into questioning general aesthetics of the fashion industry. Since 2011, Fashion is Fake project has developed into artwork, street art, performances in public areas, and art show performances. The thought-provoking art show opens tomorrow and will go till May at the Indra and Samia Gallery (E1 1NB).
The story of textiles:
Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Jack Mitchell
Fashion and style for me above all is a form of art. Artist Textiles Picasso to Warhol at the Fashion and Textile Museum (SE1 3XF) traces the history of 20th century art in textiles. It will explore the works of some prominent artists like Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Ben Nicholson and Andy Warhol. The exhibition will feature examples of key European and American art movements like Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art. The show will also explore how ordinary people were once able to connect with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings. Intriguing isn’t it? Open till 17th May.
London Fashion Weekend:
Credit: London Fashion Weekend
After the fashionable frenzy of LFW has died down explore the heady mix of fashion and style up, close and personal at the London Fashion Weekend. This event allows people to get a taste of London Fashion Week with catwalk shows, discount designer shopping and my favourite– trend spotting. The event runs from February 20 to 23 and tickets start from £20.
Credits: Wikimedia Commons/ Danny Robinson
Fashion or not, nothing is more interesting or inspiring than people watching (yes, there is a great way to do it but that’s a post for another day). Head towards King’s Road in Chelsea to see some of the most affluent people going about their everyday life in style (because apparently that’s the only way to live here). You might go green with envy but you will have a better perspective of human nature, I guarantee that. Check in one of the cafes or if you are lucky head towards any of the intimate, leafy gardens and see life in action.