London Fashion Week
Peering through the stylish rain-soaked London Streets, it seems as though New York was a just a distant memory, and summer along with it. With cooler weather, street style heated up at LFW this week, with an array of editors, stylists and bloggers stepping out in premier style. What struck me the most about the difference in style at London Fashion Week compared to NYC, was the play on broader proportions, cutting-edge trends, the chunkier heels and polished layering. These are the looks that will surely inspire our Fall/Winter 2013 wardrobes.
The Midi Skirt
Midi skirts with flaired out shapes in luxe fabrics like satin and leather are a popular Fall piece, paired with plain or printed sweaters and at least one dynamic accessory, be it a bright heel, bag or scarf..or perhaps even all three. The first brick red skirt is from Vince Camuto, worn with a snug black knit, statement necklace and bright blue heels. I love the polished femininity of the second look with the striped top, nay skirt and red clutch. The last outfit combines leather and checks, dotted with red for a very voguish look.
The Sweater Set
Laid back sweaters and cozy knits are given an elegant makeover with exemplary styling. This LFW must-have was styled with elegant skirts in all shapes and designer sling bags. The first grey slouchy sweater is teamed with sexy knee-high boots & a YSL bag for an urban appeal. Word printed jumpers are layered over prim shirts and A-line skirts, seen in the second & fourth outfits. I love the girly red ruffled skirt & crystal necklace that styles Look 3. Fashion director Leila Yavari (last) looked swanky in a fuzzy white sweater and chic pencil skirt.
The Pink Winter Coat
This candy pink shaded coat has become an instant style sensation for Fall/Winter 2014. Blogger Camille Charriére (left) stands out in a sophisticated pink coat worn over a grey tee and black mini skirt. Stylist Tess Yopp is jazzy in her youthful scribbled version of a pink coat, savvily styled with a tri-tone Celine bag. The third trendy look features an appealing pink Jil Sander robe coat worn over jeans. JiYoung Kim (pictured fourth) contrasts her rose pink polo neck sweater with a plum and pink coat and navy blue skirt.
London was chock a block with plaids, checks and tartan...and this is only the beginning of the seasons' print craze. The first look sees a brazen mix of blue and red checks, offset by a navy blazer and animal print heels. Chicly clad blogger Sandra Hagelstam (second) was pictured in a fully printed navy suit, with a plush black fur vest and quilted bag. A pop of neon yellow brightens up the third plaid shirt & navy shorts ensemble. Blogger Nicole Warne (last) combines navy and baby blue, subscribing to the geometric print with a checked skirt & heels.
The Classic Camel Coat
These fashionistas have taken the classic camel coat and restyled and modernized it to fit in with current trends. The first look sees a two-tone camel coat worn with skinny pinstripe pants and metallic Oxfords. Look 2 combines a more structured jacket with a modish red and white checked dress and grungy ankle boots. And lastly, blogger Peony Lim looks refined in her timeless trench, worn over a white quilted skirt and leopard print ankle boots.
These ladies have painted the the streets of London red with an intense crimson hue. Peony Lim (left) is pictured in a tailored red blazer, worn over a denim shirt & striped skirt. Love that her umbrella matches her outfit. A denim dungaree (second) is another fashion vessel that ideally carries the chicness of a tuxedo coat. A red high-waisted trousers is paired with a sheer navy checked blouse and matching bag in Look 3. Linda Tol (last) dons a striking scarlet Alexander McQueen jacket with a grid print Sportmax dress and 3.1 Philip Lim bag.
My favourite set from London Fashion Week is the unexpected but attractive color blend of burgundy and cobalt blue. Neutralized by black, grey or white, a pop of electric blue can be added to your outfit via coats, bags and statement shoes. Floppy hats are the perfect boho-chic accessory, as seen the first and last outfits, which also features the in-vogue coloured coats. Fashion editor Joanna Hillman (second) wears a linear print Tanya Miller sweater with trim leather Tibi trousers and Alexander Wang heels. In Look 3, a long grey and maroon vest brings life to all white, spiced with bright blue heels and an oversized clutch.
Oversized silhouettes have moved from the runway to the roadside with these chic bloggers and stylists fully embracing the trend. This will dispel the myth that only models can wear volume and get away with it. A large coat slung over the shoulders is the easiest way to achieve this look, as seen in the first two outfits. A roomy rose pink jersey is beautifully contrasted with a strong geometric skirt in Christine Centenera's outfit (pictured third). Peggy Gould (pictured last) brings in a sporty element with an oversized sweat shirt, slickly mixed with a long navy gilet and burgundy laser-cut leather skirt.
Which street style trend from London Fashion Week will you be most likely to wear?
*Images credited to Vogue.com, Grazia.co.uk, Harper's Bazaar and Elle.