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7 Street Style Trends To Copy Now From London Fashion Week

When it comes to spotting trends, the street serves as a just as worthy platform as the runway. Outside the shows, you’ll find a scrum of photographers waiting to capture the street style pack, many who parade up and down treating the street itself as a runway. Often it can seem quite contrived but every now and then you’ll spot someone wearing something that makes you go ‘oooh’. Unlike, the more refined and polished looks seen at New York Fashion Week, London is a lot more creative, most of the time mixing high street and high-end resulting in a more attainable look. This season did not disappoint, with the fash pack inspiring us to wear our coat shrugged off our shoulders, buy a pair of silver metallic boots and even dig our old hoodies out. Read on to see why….

The Shoulder Shrug

If there’s one trend that will make your mum/granny tut about why no one is wearing their clothes properly anymore, then it’s this. Giving a nod to Balenciga’s autumn/winter 16 runway, coats were worn shrugged off the shoulder, creating a deep a V-shape – and looking like they are about to fall off. It’s an update on shoulder shrobing but slightly more practical as at least you can raise your arms. This works best with something oversized, think biker, shearling or a puffa and what you have underneath is just as important, go a for a simple polo or a sweater with back detailing.

Mega Metallic Boots

We’ve had leopard print, red and, even patent white, but the trend tottering all over London’s streets this week was the silver metallic boot. Whether block heeled or pointy, ankle or over-the-knee, when it comes to footwear it’s go high-shine metallic or don’t bother. Giving old jeans a shiny new update, they also work just as well with a trouser, but if you’re going to team with a skirt, opt for a longer-length. A flash of flesh and a flashy boot just isn’t flattering.

Get waisted…

Giving the 90s bumbag a luxe update comes the waist pack. From croc to canvas, the fash pack were looping them around everything, adding definition to otherwise voluminous looks. Fitting way more than just your iPhone and lippy, espeically the double style, we also love that they leave you hands-free too. If they’re too throwback Dwayne The Rock Johnson for you, then just stick to a belt but make sure to buckle it tight and leave the excess hanging free.

The Brag

Meet the bracelet bag AKA the brag. Being able to be carried in hand, on the wrist and sometimes cross body too, it’s certainly not humble when it comes to usability either. Go for cherry red or NYC taxi yellow to brighten navy workwear looks.

The Humble Hoodie

Probably the easiest and cheapest way to give a nod towards this season’s street style trends is to add a hoodie. Wear under a blazer, an oversized puffa or even a smart tailored coat for a sporty streetwear vibe. Just opt for a neutral colour and more fitted style to avoid looking too gym-goer.

Kitten Not Killer Heels

Providing just the right amount of lift, without comprimising on the ability to stride, kitten heels have purred their way back into fashion. Dior’s ribbed fabric pair with dressmaker’s ribbon were total Instabait (no wonder London’s New Bond street store has a 70 person waiting list) while patent and strappy versions also made an appearance too. To avoid looking chic rather than granny make sure to show a flash of ankle, step hem jeans or a cropped trouser work best.

Stick To The Tone…

How to look totally put together without too much effort? Just tone it down. Pick a colour, then work with pieces in varying shades of the same hue. Less obvious than bold colour blocking, we love wheat, merlot and azure shades for a subtle statement.

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Spring Summer 17 Trends: Before You Shop, You HAVE To Read This

Trend 1. Girl Power

Seen at: Celine, Chloe, Paul Smith, Philosophy, Rochas, Valentino, Marco de Vincenzo and Anya HindmarchOverall SS17 has a feeling of femininity to it, but it’s not as straight forward as pink and frills, even though they do make an appearance. The ruffles are statements, resulting in power sleeves (Anya Hindmarch, Marco de Vincenzo) and collars (Chloe) and dresses have modern silhouettes, often oversized. As well as every shade of pink from rose to cerise, add a dash of lilac.

Trend 2: Primrose Hill Set

Seen at: Chanel, Chloe, Emilio de la Morena, Erdem, MaxMara, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Roksanda
Nearly every show had one full look of yellow – that’s head-to-toe, often including shoes and a hat (see MaxMara). Undeterred by the fact that it can be a difficult colour to wear, we saw shades of primrose, canary and gold on everything from beautiful frocks (Erdem) to sporty trouser suits (Chanel).

Trend 3: Power Ballads
Seen at: Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton, Topshop Unique, Vetements, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent
The Eighties are back, and we’re talking eveningwear and power dressing that Alexis Colby would be proud of. Think black PVC, metallics and shiny red and blue fabrics, as well as a spattering of leopard or zebra print. There were even shoulder pads and more of THE detail of the season, ruffles. Oh, and don’t forget the pixie boots.

Trend 4: Shipwreck Chic
Seen at: Alexander McQueen, Bora Aksu, Bottega Veneta, Dries van Noten, Erdem, Eudon Choi, Gucci and Acne Studios
Erdem’s show was based on a dress from the 1600s found in a shipwreck off the Dutch coast, but his wasn’t the only show with a similar vibe. Edwardian-style dresses in hues of blue, sea green and grey with slightly torn and frayed edges also popped up at Alexander McQueen and Gucci.

Trend 5: 6th Form Chic
Seen at : Christopher Kane, Rochas, Stella Jean, Vetements, Alexander McQueen, Coach, Dior and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Anyone who was in the Sixth Form in the Nineties will be familiar with this trend; long skirts teamed with logo tees, sweatshirts and leather or army surplus-style jackets and finished with stomping boots. What’s not to love?

Trend 6: Mexican Blanket
Seen at: Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Bottega Veneta, Emilio de la Morena, Joseph, Proenza Schouler, Acne Studios and Loewe
The brightly knitted stripes and patchwork at many shows reminded us of Mexican blankets, and the ponchos worn in the southern Americas. Bags and sleeves were decorated with tassels and fringing and we saw plenty of colourful embroidery, too.

Trend 7: Cyber Geeks
Seen at: Dior, DKNY, Joseph, Louis Vuitton, Vetements, Victoria Beckham, Chanel and Maison Margiela
The theme at Chanel was circuit boards and the cyber world, although it was a shame Karl Lagerfeld didn’t style every look with those cool Daft Punk-style helmets (not that we don’t want to see models’ faces, of course!). There was a futuristic feel at other shows too, with white, silver and reflective bright colours, as well as visors that would have looked at home on the set of Blade Runner.

Trend 8: Bathing Belles
Seen at: Anya Hindmarch, Emilio de la Morena, Fendi, Isabel Marant, Maison Margiela, Miu Miu, Prada and 3.1 Phillip Lim
OK, so it’s hardly a trend to see swimwear in the Spring/Summer collections, but for SS17 it feels distinctly retro, with low-rise briefs and swimsuits, and even the odd old lady swimming hat (see one of our favourite shows of the season, Miu Miu). For the most part, it was styled with long jackets and cardigans – the beach cover-ups of the future?

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