This week London seems to have decided to be ahead of the curve and start adopting the Spring and Summer 2014 trends of bold black and whites, geometric patterns and neons. And it has not gone unnoticed by The British Fashionista in this week’s London Fashion Week.
I wrote about Wrap Dresses and the trend coming from American Hustle last month and lo and behold, a little after that we saw the return of the fashion in the shop windows and now the streets. All the high street stores are carrying wrap dresses now with one of my favourites being the Gemma Wrap dress from Banana Republic, combining the bold black and white prints with the wrap style.
Along with tweed, houndstooth never goes away as a pattern and is ever-present on the streets of The City. We have seen variations over the years. Last year the standard black and white was joined by blue and black, red and black, mustard and black variations. This year I have seen larger houndstooth prints with French house Balmain leading the high end.
Another trend in pattern rather than style is what I like to consider the “dip.” This look is created by a blend of another colour for the bottom half, or quarter of the coat of dress. It does create a look where it seems you have stepped in a deep puddle. But it does appear all over, much like this sale coat from Hugo Boss.
I call mine glasses, and am due for new ones this week. In the trendy Shoreditch district of London they are known as “eye wear” and spectacle fashion follows the trends too. When we had shabby chic the eye wear matched this with 50s and 60s style frames. Now, with the return of the bold patterns and colours of the late 1980s and early 1990s large frames are back again such as these from Hipsterville Shoreditch’s very own Playn.
I did say bold is in, and neons. Neon being a more difficult look to pull off on it’s own as it looks more like Hi Viz but when combined in a geometric patterned skirt, blouse or dress it can look amazing. On the train I saw a girl sporting a short skirt very much like these from Lyst.
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