London Fashion Report: Stand Out Trends & NYFW Similarities

L to R: Temperley London, Tom Ford, Burberry, Preen


London Fashion Week S/S14 may have wrapped last week as the stylish global fashion week tour has looped back over to Paris, but there are still tons of trends to report on.

Even though Milan and Paris are huge fashion weeks (I'm in no way discounting them), in the last few years, London and New York have really taken the lead as the standouts. London has especially come into it's own, with huge UK brands with a global following like Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane, Preen & TopShop setting many of the trends for seasons to come. (You can hear me talk about this during an interview I did with news network ITV in London, for which I'm trying to secure video.)
While there were tons of different trends to report on, London definitely had a few standout looks that weren't seen on the American runways quite as much. It's very similar to the difference in street style between New York fashionistas and London -- the designers each have distinct aesthetics and it's becoming easier to identify who shows in which city, which is really cool and exciting.

LONDON TRENDS:

L to R: Burberry, Preen, Temperley London, Burberry
Pink has definitely been a huge color around the world since last year when it first started coming back to the runway with a vengeance. But the British fashion media recently reported that following LFW, sales of pink coats went up dramatically. 

Pastels were big on the American runways too, but the ladylike collections shown at Burberry, Preen and Temperley London were dominated by shades of cotton candy pinks and ladylike mauves. Even though we often associate light pinks with spring time, it's a great color to start working into your wardrobe now, especially with outerwear and accessories.

Temperley London, Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane, Tom Ford
One of the particularly exciting trends I saw at London was really the use of wearable art in collections. Obviously, all of fashion is technically art, but designers like Tom Ford, Temperly London and Mary Katrantzou sent down screen printed fabrics and pieces that literally looked like artist installations and paintings. It was stunning to see and will certainly make for an exciting few seasons to come.

Preen, Burberry, KTZ
The 90s have been raging all over the runways in collections around the world, but in London, the sheer plastic & vinyl trend that was huge in the late 90s has come back with a vengeance.

This is admittedly a tougher trend to pull off, but if you're not sold on it 100%, you can certainly work it in with accessories like clear clutches, umbrellas and accents on shoes. 

Another great way to dip your proverbial fashion toe into the trend is with the fabric PU, which is much easier to adapt and is likely a much more reasonable investment, as I don't see this trend hanging around for long.

Burberry, Christopher Kane, Unique by TopShop, Mary Katrantzou
While pinks and whites may have been seen on both NY & London runways, the cities definitely had different ideas on the other big color for spring. Whereas orange was huge in NY, green, and especially mint green, was all over the London runways.

This is good news for those of us that love green (myself included) and it's a little more subtle if orange isn't exactly your thing. If you're feeling bold enough to wear it head to toe, go for it, but if you're not into channeling your inner Kermit, a statement piece like a jacket or a dress is a great way to work it into your wardrobe. Of course there's always accessories too, as the mint green clutch was in many a model's hand at Burberry's amazing collection.

Below check out ideas to invest in a piece from Simply Be for each trend.

All pieces Simply Be
TRENDS SEEN DOMINATING BOTH NY & LONDON:

You can check out my full runway recap of NY fashion week here, but the cities shared more in common than not.

Many collections showed the following trends in both New York and London:

-Tartan/Plaid
-90s edgy
-Leather
-Sheers
-Modern safari 


Happy shopping! 

xo, Allie

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