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London Fashion Week: Flares, Fringing and Fetish

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With the end of London Fashion week, designers throughout the country can breathe a sigh of relief, for they now have all of 24 hours before they start working towards next season. Whilst they pack months worth of partying into one night, here's the rundown of what we learnt about the trends for Autumn/Winter 2015 over the last few days.

1. Spring/Summer's 70's influence remains strong.

This makes it perfectly acceptable to stock up on flares and maxi dresses in the next few months in preparation. Not to mention it gives you time to transform your Gran's curtains into a dress a la Temperley London.

2. 2014’s Winter trends aren't really going anywhere either.

LFW 2 Roksanda Ilincic

Colourful fur is still huge; Roksanda Ilincic has created a remarkably beautiful hybrid version - so wrong, yet so right. Leather also reappeared in autumnal shades establishing itself as the new winter staple.

3. Black is best.

LFW 3 Giles

This season we saw black not only used as a neutral base but given centre stage, it does appear that once you go black you can't go back! Giles brilliantly showcased how to achieve the look sending glamourous goths down the runway, as it now falls on us all to turn to the dark side.

4. The future's bright, the futures orange!

LFW 4 Marques Alemeida

If black is set as the new neutral than orange was the brightest of the bright as a plethora of shades appeared on the runways. For those who want to embrace the trend, Marques' Almeida demonstrated how to dress head to toe without looking like a walking traffic cone. On the other hand, Thomas Tait offered a more subtle nod to the colour of the moment showcasing a muted shade flattering to most.

5. A polo neck isn't an option for Autumn/Winter 15: it's a necessity.


Literally layered under everything, or sent out as a statement piece itself, you couldn't ignore it. Seen at, Belstaff, Osman, Barbara Casasola, Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, Paul Smith, Matthew Williamson, Topshop Unique...the list could go on... all I can add is if you have a fear of things around your neck you may want to start looking for coping strategies now.

6. Everything has been supersized!

LFW 6 Joseph

If dressing up in your Mum's clothes is a favourite childhood memory of yours then this is the season for you. Designers seemed to have decided that bigger is most definitely better. Jumpers were to the knees, cardigans to the floor, and scarves very, very, long. Knitwear royalty Christopher Raeburn and Joseph proved themselves champions of the hand me down look.

7. Burberry went Boho.

LFW 7 Burberry

Fringing, suede, and patchwork galore and it was great. Many designers couldn't pull this look off but Bailey managed to weave a collection that was modern, not dated, and fashionable, not fancy dress. Bravo.

8. Patterns were aplenty.

Plaid was most popular, and vertical stripes a close second. Vivienne Westwood's Red Label collection is an excellent example of both- her chalk stripe suits are due credit.

9. Metallics never truly leave the catwalk (I feel we are all far too attracted to shiny things.)

This season the shine appeared as an afterthought in several collections quietly adding a touch of understated luxury into the mix. Markus Lupfer used a molten shade of aubergine to give his youthful designs an edge as he perfectly referenced the sports luxe trend that continues to bubble under the surface.

10. SEX is in fashion.

LFW 10 Ashish

Perhaps designers are hoping to cash in on the annoyingly successful Fifty Shades of Grey, but sex appeared today more prevalent than ever. Christopher Kane sent out a beautifully seductive collection, with beautiful bodies entwined upon it, before Ashish presented the world with fur parkas, red latex thigh high boots, and a top literally imprinted with the word SEX. Love it, or hate it, fetish wear is dominating the catwalks.

Overall, though there were some truly beautiful, stand out pieces, this felt like a very safe season. It seems almost as if we have reached the age where making a catwalk collection commercially viable has been prioritised in front of design itself and this saddens me.