Oct. 8th, 2010

Top 5 Spring Trends from London Fashion Week

Fashion & Style: While crisp autumn may be quickly infusing London with chills, designs from five uniquely UK designers showcased spring's hottest trends blossoming on the runway during London Fashion Week. Herein lies the best five trends sure to make next season bright and bold.

Whimsical Florals - ERDEM
British Fashion Council award winner Erdem showcased a divinely feminine collection embracing “color, optimism and oddities” inspired by the Ballet Russe.

Gowns featuring pale creams, white silk-and-lace dresses with doll-like shapes, thenew season aflutter with tutu-style lace skirts, sheer fabrics and romantic gardenia print—perfect for the sophisticated girly girl.

Highlighters bright were a favorite of Scotland born favorite Christopher Kane. Yellow, green and tangerinewere all incorporated on color blocked dresses used on both blatantly bold psychedelic print dresses and on for more intricate fluorescent piping along skirt lines and hems. Transforming conservative silhouettes to a modernists dream with stunning combo of crazy neons Kane presented sophisticated skirt suits with boxy jackets in rich fluorescent greens, bright fuchsia and orange, all stamped with a retro lace pattern.

Feminine Menswear–PAUL SMITH
Beginning the new season with tailored pantsuits, British designer Paul Smith brought his strong background in menswear to his spring/summer womenswear line. Inspired by “borrowing clothes from your brother or your boyfriend” androgynous green shiny suits, ash-colored waistcoats and serious-looking trouser-skirts dominated the catwalk. Touches of velvety purple, splashes of flowery prints and sexy rompers balanced masculine silhouettes incorporating Smith’s debut of “darker, richer colors rather than vibrant tones.”

Using “tailoring with oomph” Irish born Paul Costelloe toned floral print dresses with casual blazers pairing structure with abandon via biker-style jackets in glistening metallics. Classic lines inspired by 'the Twenties and a hint of rock and roll,’ delighted with darling cropped biker jackets accented with subtle zips and pushed up sleeves for the ultimate bad girl effect.

Seventies Inspired-TOPSHOP UNIQUE
Much like Marc Jacob’s vibrant collection, London favorite Topshop Unique saluted the decade’s more psychedelic side with fringed capes, bell-sleeved chiffon blousons, sliced billowing kaftans, jumpsuits and skinny bellbottoms. Trippy prints of Pegasus (in vivid orange print), fairies (black and white, hand-drawn) and flowers (blurred red and burnt orange watercolors) showcased "mythological creatures," an inspiration likewise present in feather-light skirts, free-spirit bikini tops and fringed denim jackets.
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