I noticed during my weekend stroll through the Cotswold countryside that the cherry blossoms were in full bloom, as too were the first sightings of gallant bluebells ready to stand tall. Spring has officially arrived.
It is apt, naturally, to rejuvenate and continue our need to look and feel catwalk ready with a detox. I’m referring to the more fabulous wardrobe type of cleanse.
I make no apologies of the fact, that this time of year will see you wanting more and buying more as the new season spring/summer 15 collections are ready to find a home in your walk-in closet. With the catwalks dictating what we should wear this spring, it can occasionally be overwhelming to decipher where to start. Channeling the trend hungry Edina from Ab Fab is probably not the way forward.
Three key trends that were seen billowing and strutting down the international catwalks will carry you effortlessly and stylishly through to the summer. Our home-grown talent have created these collections, all you need to do is perfect the looks.
WHO: A fashion editor’s floral favourite, Erdem highlights his brilliant understanding of experimental print and texture while Alexander McQueen continues to woo us in to the darker, ephemeral side of all things nature. Designers teased, painted and celebrated our love of vibrant print, leaving us lusting after more.
WHY: A versatile tone to carry you from a luncheon to evening cocktails on the terrace. Now is a good time to embrace the colours you’ve flirted with, as vibrancy makes a strong appearance on accessories, silk scarves, jackets and eveningwear this season.
HOW: Head-to-toe a la Mary Katrantzou or team a beautiful Osman printed culotte with a simple cropped tee or slouchy monochrome cashmere sweater teamed with a beautiful heel. The secret to carrying off a bold print is to let the piece take centre stage; Peter Pilotto’s silk coat does this flawlessly.
WHO: No Lycra or velour tracksuits on show here. Sports luxe fabrics were showcased in full force this season and glamorous comfort they gave us. Pointed sneakers and trainers are now top of the list. Roksanda’s bold colour-block creations, with an entire collection of techy form-flowing fabrics is a sure fire hit. Christopher Kane shows us that we can wear sweatshirts with jeans, as long as the sweatshirts are as beautiful as his.
WHY: Dressing down has never looked so dressed-up. An easy trend to wear – refined form, tailored shape and complementary colour. One does not have to despair at the thought of wearing three inch heels all day. Even Victoria Beckham gave us a plethora of pointed brogues and wedge sandals.
HOW: The combinations are endless due to the simple formula of color-blocking, comfort and silhouette. Enjoy accessorising with this trend and remember to incorporate a stripe or block pattern in one piece only. Vogue Fashion Fund winner Paul Andrew’s ‘flatform’ shoes are at the top of my shoe wish list.
WHO: We saw the utility trend marching down the catwalks across the Atlantic and we also saw British designers incorporate the seasonal spring/summer affair with khaki too. Stella McCartney gave us a free-spirited collection whilst Belstaff and Joseph stood the test of time with strong shapes, detailing and timeless appeal.
WHY: We all like to express our inner warrior goddess and this utility trend allows us to. Through tailoring and clever use of fabrics, designers this season are more about utilitarian chic and safari escapades whilst enjoying a glass of champers at sunset.
HOW: We saw Balmain send his urban soldier dresses down the runway, and it’s safe to say that this trend can be worn in a more subtle manner. Preen’s trench jacket exudes sophistication, whilst Danielle Romeril’s shift dress is versatile enough for dinner (teamed with heels) or as a day dress worn with brogues and a straw hat. Frontline fashion at its best.
About the Author: Sara Ebbett is a fashion and interiors consultant, working with clients internationally. Trained in interior design, and selected as a Young Designer of the Year, Sara later launched an accessories label at London and Paris fashion weeks where Vogue Italia named her a talent to watch. When she isn’t flying between continents and showrooms, you’ll find Sara somewhere in London dressing the well travelled gentleman and woman, whilst consulting to luxury brands. Website.