Saturday 17 March 2018

Steal that London Fashion Week look

Bairbre Power was on the frow at all the SS17 shows in London- here are the trends to keep an eye out for...

Simone Rocha
Simone Rocha
Vintage belt: Burberry
Gingham: House of Holland
This Burberry trench also featured the high-necked blouse trend
Military jacket: Burberry
Military jacket: Burberry
Plaits: Fyodor Golan
Stripes: Richard Malone
Big knickers: Teatum Jones
Off-the-shoulder: David Koma
Splash of colour: Donatella Versace showed this mango hue on the catwalk
School blazer: Apujan
Splash of colour: Donatella Versace showed this mango hue on the catwalk

It was a season of belts and bows, ruffles and florals. As she exited London Fashion Week (LFW), Irish designer Simone Rocha was hailed a heroine for her compelling collection, full of historical romance.

The 30-year-old mum-of-one delivered stunning patchwork florals and lavished quirky shoulder bows on her alternative bridal looks.

Irishman Paul Costelloe explored block colour ruffles, while Preen combined ruffles with florals, and Donatella Versace - well, she introduced us to the boob belt!

The leather innovation at Versus literally buckles up the chest and flattens the boobs. Personally, I'd prefer a good bra.

Belting was big across the shows, and some of the most wearable came from Costelloe, whose cummerbund belting story in greige worked a treat, a shade darker than his natural linens.

I've come back from LFW lusting after trench coats. Simone Rocha did a variety of styles, including a cute, puff-sleeved version in white borderie anglaise for summer. However, for now, I like her take on a short, buff-toned one, utilitarian chic worn with clouds of tulle.

Burberry, the iconic home of trench coats, treated us to variations on a theme with leg of mutton sleeves in an animal print. The mac was worn over a high-necked blouse, a current trend that shows absolutely no sign of disappearing next year, so a wise buy in the tail end of 2016.

I strongly suspect that high street will pay commercial homages to Burberry's Hussar-style military jackets and this ornate braiding style, known in the trade as 'frogging', also had a crush factor at OSMAN, who did a fab modern twist.

Colourwise, there were lots of monochromes, red, pink, blush and so much mellow yellow, it put us all in a good mood - especially that mango hue from Donatella.

There's lots of school uniform striping around this season, and take note, it's set to continue into 2017 with outstanding looks from Johnny Coca. If you're not buying into the posh boarding school designer blazer, why not seek out vintage, old-school ties to add a vibrant belt to a dressing gown/kimono coat? That's another 2016 favourite going nowhere fast.

Earrings were big and summer dresses were definitely long at LFW, so a smart purchase now would be one from Ganni, a new Danish label at Arnotts.

The gauzy dress look with big knickers is not for everyone but with party season around the corner, it's inevitable that the exhibitionists will be out and will take the look into 2017.

Richard Malone from Wexford wowed with his striped collection and they're even dubbed his favourite hue 'Malone blue'. Richard's name was on everyone's lips after his show, so he represents an exceptionally clever investment for those fashion fans who look spotting talents of the future.

Gingham is another childhood fabric finding favour next season. Henry Holland of House of Holland did it with a masterly touch.

Shoulders and clavicles will again be very much on show next summer, so keep up the exfoliating and display gleaming polished skin. David Koma's off-the-shoulder dresses were sensational at Sunday's show.

Finally, there was just no getting away from plaits. I'm not talking coiffed looks but long, skinny ones. Look and learn from Fyodor Golan.

Irish Independent

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