It’s the 24th September which means that we are half way through fashion month. The editors have gone to Milan to see what Gucci and Prada have to say, leaving London Fashion Week in their wake. It was great, it was good, it was spectacular. Here are the seven things we’ve learnt.
The 90s are still in fashion...
The era that doesn’t want to go away, the 90s provided plenty of inspiration for this week’s shows. House of Holland accessorised his techno-safari collection with bucket hats (Liam Gallagher eat your heart out), whilst knitwear designers Sibling collaborated with Baby-G – aka the only watch to have as a teen in the late 90s. There was also a revival of brown lipliner and choker necklaces. It looks like the 90s thing has also travelled to Milan with No21 putting white t-shirts under black slip dresses on their catwalk yesterday.
...As are the 80s
Blue eyeliner, crimped hair, power suits – hello, is that 1985 calling? The other decade that was on the catwalk this season was the 1980s. Blue eyeliner and mascara was one of the big make-up trends seen at Roksanda and Jonathan Saunders. The latter used MAC’s Chromaline gel liner in Ultra Marine to rim models' eyes. At Topshop Melanie Griffith’s Working Girl inspired big shouldered jackets, accessorised with Dallas style dangly earrings.
Nike Air Max have usurped Stan Smiths
Last season everyone was wearing Adidas Superstars, the season before it was Stan Smiths, but this time was definitely all about Nike Air Max. They were on the feet of several editors and on the catwalk. The other shoe of note was flat pointed loafers, mainly white tasseled ones from Celiné. A nice office shoe for spring I reckon – try Zara.
Are Crocs making a fashionable comeback?
Uh oh, Crocs were on the catwalk. *Resigns from fashion*. Or at leased something that strongly resembled them were worn at the Hunter Original show. I have my thoughts on the matter, but I am preparing for a Croc takeover come spring. In other questionable footwear news, Teva hiking sandals appear to still be in fashion (they where *the* sandal of the summer) shown at Margaret Howell and previously in New York at Alexander Wang and Public School .
We might actually be wearing our pyjamas to the pub
This was a trend that started at New York Fashion Week with Alexander Wang and Givenchy showing nightwear inspired outfits. Over here Burberry did long silky dresses that had a touch of Grandmas’ night dress about them. I's suggest wearing thermals underneath.
Animal print isn’t going anywhere - hurray
The one trend that has been boomeranging back into fashion since the dawn of day, leopard print is looking popular for spring too. Seen on jackets at Topshop, co-ordinating knitwear at Sibling and on the back of Kate Moss at the Burberry show. New bag brand Hill & Friends (launched by former Creative Director at Mulberry, Emma Hill) majored heavily on a pink variation of the print. Totall bonkers. Totally thumbs up.
Dark nail polish makes your feet look nicer
Perhaps the most genius beauty tip ever to be gleaned – dark nail polish makes your feet look less ropey. This was imparted by expert manicurist Marian Newman who says that if you paint your toes nails a striking dark colour people will focus on that rather than your knobbly toes. She recommends MAC’s Vintage Vamp. What to put on your finger nails? ‘Nude with a twist’ says Newman. Classic but with a bit of something extra – aka greige.