I’m writing you from the vroom-vroom-vroom sound of construction going on in my building. Can’t complain too much because we’ll be having our own share of rebuilding soon.
What I actually do like about renovation is that it really is re-inspiration.
You get to look at things a different way and see new possibilities, either in your home or in your wardrobe. London Fashion Week Spring 17 just ended and there were plenty of riffs on a theme that you will want to add to your wardrobe. We’ve cherry-picked a handful of runway to real way style tweaks to get you inspired right now. Tell me what you think. – S.H.
London Fashion Week Spring 2017 styling tricks and hacks to try now for quick and simple updates to your look
Because nothing beats a shortcut when it comes to updating the way you look, here’s some quick takeaway’s to consider trying now from London.
Like New York Fashion Week Spring 2017, London had no specific set of trends or pattern of season – it was an anything goes sort of affair. Modern, yes. A little bit outrageous, yes. But, amid all of the noise, there were great ideas on how to dress, on how to look relevant. Which is important when it comes to how you present yourself and frankly, a lot easier than you think.
I’ve broken down why each looks elements work, and how you should think about wearing them. Simple as that!
Here’s the best from London Fashion Week Spring 2017 to help you rethink how you dress now…
Seen at: Temperly London(above, left), Zayan The Label(above, middle), Daks(above,left), Molly Goddard
Make it yours: With all of the daring ingenuity and boundary pushing images you think of when it comes to runways, it’s easy to forget that there are collections peppered in each season that provide clothes you might actually wear like the rich, haute hippie chic. Case in point is the easy chic of Daks monochrome number (above, left). Sure, it’s all black, but that’s what keeps it so approachable.
It’s the elements and styling that make it so noteworthy. The fitted crochet top adds texture and play, the slightly flared, relaxed pant extends the leg and the accessories give it a sense of personality via the 70’s.
Leave the overtly boho babe options behind for the festival birds and look at incorporating simple, straightforward shapes that are rich with grown-up geometrical embroidered florals and bead work for looks that go straight from day, into night. Skipping extras like fringe, tassels and the lot will save you from fussing around and looking too literal.
The Self Belt: Tie It Up-
Seen at: Paul Smith(above, left), Anya Hindmarch(above, middle), Barbara Casasola(above, right), Sid Neigum, Paul Smith
Make it yours: Whether it’s an oversized poplin blouse, a go-to shirtdress or an a-line frock, nothing beats the easiest styling trick of them all – when in doubt, belt it! From self belts to obi’s to a classic wrap belt, there’s no denying the ease in which one can define your waist while changing your silhouette to flatter. Just imagine the looks above un-belted – see what I mean?
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Midi/Maxi: The New No-Length Rule-
Seen at: Margaret Howell(above, left), Belstaff(above, middle), Erdem(above, right), Christopher Kane, Mark Katrantzou
Make it yours: With fashion in an anything goes state of mind, remember to be free of the burden of the long gone ‘it’ lengths of the moment and go for what suits your lifestyle and frame. That said, there’s no denying the easy appeal of a midi skirt (i.e mid-calf length). It’s one foundation piece that works on practically every figure, and it can be worn an endless amount of ways. The looks above work to prove that it all depends on how you style it to suit your personality. The midi with the cropped leather jacket is terrifically timeless and a key to easy cool.
Seen at: Aquascutum(above, left), Daks(above, left), Zayan The Label(above, left), Molly Goddard
Make it yours: Though a lot of the runway options in London boasted organic shapes that can easily make one look like a blob if you aren’t standing still, long silhouettes with concentrated volume were standout alternatives. Notice how each look has a polished attitude but sits away from the body in ways that are both flattering and undeniably comfortable. Plus each option gives you a chance to hide problem areas i.e bust, hips etc while highlighting your assets.
Fresh Takes On Denim-
Seen at: Jasper Conran(above), MM6 Maison Margiela, Marques Almeida
Make it yours: Top stitched and reminiscent of early to mid 90’s denim, the sleek options above only go to show that while tried & true, there are fun, unexpected ways to look slick and powerful in crisp blues. The contrast top stitching works to add a sense of luxe to each look, and while the defined bust(above, left) may not be for you, I included it here to show you that there’s more to denim than blue jeans and button ups!
The Smart Shoe-
The sober hued, low heeled Mary-Jane mules at Isa Arfen’s arty presentation were hands down the smartest shoes we saw during London Fashion Week. The unusual hybrid combo of a comfortable kitten heel that from afar looks like a flat in eye catching, muted hues brings to mind that a statement shoe doesn’t always have to be loud.
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Images via LFW