The Essential runway report to the UK’s hottest fashion event…
The opening of this year’s event was what a good catwalk show should be all about-drama! The lights went down and giant screens bore the words ‘Fashion is the New Religion’. And i couldn’t agree more. So sit back, fashion disciples, and let me take you through this Spring/Summer’s trend commandments…
Thou shalt work the sports luxe trend:
This year’s show featured a strong sports wear vibe. Think leggings worn under a long jumper or shirt. If you want to work this look next season try TopShop, their collection has some great statement pieces. The key to making this look work is keeping a feminine edge, for example use a belt to cinch in the waist, or a long sporty shirt with bare legs and heels.
Thou shalt embrace simplicity:
There was a significant nod to the simplicity that graced the runways of Fashion Week. Dresses were all about the cut. This trend, though simple, is far from boring. The basis of this look is about one well cut statement piece. The pop art inspired graphic print dress, the beige cape and cobalt blue dress with a voluptuous skirt, featured in the show, are what this look is all about; clean well cut pieces that turn heads.
Thou shalt be a future romantic:
This look incorporates next season’s ethereal look with futuristic shapes and textures. Think romantic ruffles and volume teamed with metallic fabrics and sequins.
Thou shalt go all preppy on us:
This is a key trend for spring and the clothes show had their own take on the look with an eighties/nu-rave twist. However, I would stick to just the preppy trend or it can become too much. Keep it simple and edgy. Take inspiration from the Henley regatta and the girls of St. Trinian’s. Think blazers, shorts, tank tops, shirts and cute court shoes. Luella rocked this look in their Spring/Summer 2008 show, so for more inspiration take a look.
Thou shalt be a Spanish signorita:
The Clothes Show saw men in black shirts, waistcoats and trousers with straw hats. Women were in pencil skirts and shirts. To get this right think romantic white shirts with ruffle details and sleeves with volume. If you’re feeling daring wear a pillar box red shirt with black trousers or skirt and red lips. Remember to keep it simple.
Thou shalt go for full on glamour:
When it comes to swimwear this year its all about glamour. The swimsuit was definitely strong at The Clothes Show. Go for a swim suit with cut away details or embellishments. As for colours, metallic will be big as well as classic black and white. If you want to stand out go for a bold jewel colour such as red.
Thou shalt be rebellious:
Remember rules are there to be broken! So get creative and have fun making the trends work for you.
Clothes Show Live Young Designer of the Year Awards:
My report would not be complete without mentioning the Clothes Show Live Young Designer of the Year awards. This competition sees the best of the UK’s future fashion design stars battle it out for £2,000 (and £1,000 for their college) and work experience with a leading designer. A lucky ten designers from the hundreds that apply each year, are chosen to have their creations shown at The Clothes Show Live, before judges pick a winner.
The standard at this year’s show was incredible. The winner was Hannah Hoyle from the University of Derby with her Marilyn Monroe vent dress. The effort and attention to detail was excellent. I loved the movement in the dress and the cute bow at the back. The colours were very this season too, with grey and candy hues featuring on the pop-art inspired Monroe print. I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more of Hannah Hoyle in the future.
However, I have to mention some of the other finalists:
Emma Scarr’s design was eye catching and featured a detachable skirt. Her inspiration was Carrie from Sex and The City. The skirt was detatchable, and once removed, it turned into a leather dress so you get two outfits in one!
Vanessa Edwards’ design was head turning and I could easily see it coming down the runways of New York Fashion Week (or any fashion week for that matter). Definitely one to watch. The cut and volume in the skirt was amazing for such a young designer.
Katie Rose, from the London College of Fashion, had a really strong design too. I loved the matching dress and suitcase.
Geri Hutyan from the University of Coventry has to be commended. The cut of the yellow jacket was incredible.
Finally, Sarah Morris, from Bradford College created a piece worthy of London Fashion Week. In my personal opinion, i was surprised her entry didn’t win. Definitely a name to watch in the future.
I want to say a big well done to everyone who took part in the competition!
I would also like to say a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my readers and you’ll hear more from me in the New Year…
Gemma Douthwaite ã