The dust has finally settled on London Fashion Week, so we've dissected the best looks to find the styling hacks you can steal right now...
1. INSIDE OUT
The autumn/winter season’s abundance of soft sheer fabrics presents the ideal opportunity to mix the masculine and feminine easily together. Simone Rocha styled tweed coats with baggy pockets with gauze aprons adding a softer side to usual tailoring. Invest in beautifully crafted pieces and think about every layer because all is on display.
2. GRANNY MAKEOVER
Both Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou have given us the perfect accessory for the long, rainy British winters. Slipping on a headscarf in either plastic or silk is the fast track to granny chic.
Roksanda and Erdem both sent out several renditions of the high collar. Roksanda offered sunray pleating at the neck and also a multicoloured shaggy fur collar that was tied up with ribbon. Erdem however went for a simple vintage lace collar. What’s the point of them though, I hear you cry. Well it very easily gives your outfit a focal point and also helps to pretty the darkly romantic dresses.
4. TAKE TWO
Accessories are an easy gateway to making an outfit yours. Preen showed us two ways of wearing the same thing. A long width of embroidered velvet first tied around the neck, like a choker or tied in the hair circa Madonna ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’. The list is endless, a cummerbund, a bra top, a cuff, a bow detail on your boot, to name a few. Be brave, the only thing stopping you is your imagination.
Working the lingerie trend without showing any skin seems like the right and relaxed way to do it for autumn/winter. Both Pringle and Joseph showed tailored bra tops or corsets where the flatness of the fabric paired beautifully with a knitted angora and mohair jumper. Is this the new twinset?
6. RECLAIM YOUR LEGS
Love wearing dresses and skirt but hate tights? Jackie Lee, the minimalist designer behind J JS Lee, who always opens London Fashion Week, showed dresses with tailored trousers underneath. This is a great transitional idea.
7. MAKE IT YOURS
This show was all about personalization. At Joseph, designer Louise Trotter pinned her looks with vintage jewellery and changed the laces in the shoes to pretty ribbons. Shake it up, rip it and fray it, anything goes just make sure that they look love worn and not shop new.
8. SPORT ROLL NECKS UNDER SHIRTS
Why have one layer when you can have two? Holly Fulton went all out for layers and used a sports turtleneck under shirts to add a go-faster edge and balance the minimalism that she loves. It gives a nod to the ever-present athletic trend without looking like a ski instructor. Pull it up over your noise, perfect for a cold winter evening.
9. DRESS DOWN DAYS
Dress up or dress down? It’s a constant fashion dilemma. Well, worry no more as Vivienne Westwood has reinvented the rules of eveningwear by layering a sweatshirt under an evening dress. Cinderella, you shall go to the ball!