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London Fashion Week

Friday 13th September marked the start of the much anticipated London Fashion Week, with a chance to experience what the designers have in store for us for Spring/Summer 2014. The 5 day event showcased the latest collections of over 120 designers, featuring an amazing 58 catwalk shows, with an abundance of beautiful creations. So what are the trends we can expect to see in 2014?

Day 1 of the event saw collections from designers such as FELDER FELDER, with the German designers showcasing striking outfits with a mixture of lace, with revealing fine mesh and feathering adding texture to their creations. Trend colours for next season look to include white and black, as well a beautiful blue tones with accents of peachy flesh tones also making an appearance.

Jasper Conran followed later in the day with again white proving a prominent colour in his designs. The Conran catwalk consisted of a fabulous collection of dresses, with a number of garments again featuring fine mesh and organza layers with detailing that added a further dimension to the outfits. Conran also showcased mixing bold patterned tops with contrasting heavily pattern skirts with both yellow and black featuring in these statement designs.

Bold orange statement pieces were visible in the collection by Mulberry, ranging from complete outfits of one block colour, to orange and black floral designs adorning white dresses, blouses and skirts. Mulberry included a number of 2 piece outfits in their collection with pastel tones of blue and blush, as well as continuing the trend with a number of outfits in white and black. A distinctive black and white floral print was shown to be very versatile with dresses, jackets, and 2 piece suits all featuring this design.

Organza and chiffon could be found in John Rocha’s latest designs, with heavy embroidery in contrasting colours, as could be seen in his white layered full dress, covered in stunning embroidered flowers in a beautiful bold red. Rocha also included a number of black lace and organza designs in his collection with embroidery cleverly used to ensure modesty was maintained. Subtle blue, yellow and pink floral designs, perfect for spring, were also in place.

Accessories for Spring/Summer 2014 reflected a number of the trends referred to above with white, orange, blue and yellow all evident in Anya Hindmarch’s handbag collection. Hindmarch also used snakeskin patterns which were very effective in her bag designs, the use of oversized tassels on a number in the collection also added an interesting finishing touch.

Manolo Blahnik, the world renowned designer of distinctive footwear bought a breath-taking collection to London Fashion Week. Heels were high, slim and elegant with bold designs with blues and oranges again making their mark. Contrasting embroidery made for striking designs, with crocodile skin also used as a design element. Tassels were also a feature, with metalwork included in some styles making for a unique design.

Ornella Iannuzzi’s fine art jewellery collection reflected the 2014 trends perfectly with the contrasting use of black and white. Intricate designs which featured coloured pearls in gold, black and silver settings ensured these delicate pieces would complement the embroidered and textured outfits we are set to see in the Spring/Summer of 2014.

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