From London Fashion Week to your wardrobe
The trouble with catwalks and Fashion Weeks and all that is that a lot of the styles that you see look nice on the models but would look absolutely ridiculous on you or me.
I mean, take Vivienne Westwood for example. She is one of the world's best-known and most well-respected designers.
But that does not mean that I am going to make-like-a-character-from-The-Wizard-of-Oz (or a model from her show) and paint my face green and yellow to go on a date.
I have visions of the boy across the table from me fleeing before the first drinks were ordered.
That's not what anyone wants (especially not my long-suffering room mate.)
SO, enter our fantastic "From Fashion Week to Your Wardrobe" series where we take haut couture inspiration to tell you what is hot. So, let's zoom in on the London Fashion Week.
Trend No. 1 Peplum party
Have you heard of the peplum? Peplums are the mini-skirted detail that can be added to shirts. Formerly relegated to catwalks, peplums are now all over the place. A Guardian fashion writer mused at this mystery: "A peplum won't make you look thin. Men don't find it sexy. It is a bit costumey, and liable to get crushed on the underground," but they are THE thing all the same. DO IT.
Trend No. 2 Mish-mash pattern clash continues
The patterns are out and about. From ethnic to geometric, everything goes. The more, the merrier! Don't be afraid of clashing this season!
Trend No. 3 Hippy hair
We've been seeing lots of long, loose hair. It can be left relatively straight or, better yet, waved.
Natural is good, so frizzy flies!
Trend No. 4 Braids
Braids and hippy hair are not mutually exclusive terms. You can totally add braids to festoon your long, loose hippy locks. You can also sweep it all up with a look like those sported by the David Koma models. With wet-look styling, these girls mean business.
Trend No. 5 Electric blue make-up
Ok, so some of the Vivienne Westwood-style make-up was pretty intense. We are not saying that facepaint is in. But we have been seeing some great bright cosmetic details. Electric blue eyeliner was mesmerising on the Moschino models and Vivienne's models wore the same shimmering shade as eye-shadow.
Trend No. 6 Retro rules
It's an oldie, but a goodie. Fashion, just like history, repeats itself. We have been seeing retro inspiration all over the catwalks in London. Vivienne Westwood was all about little gloves, tidy hats and red lipstick. Other designers focused on other eras, from sixties-style platforms to dresses fit for a seventies disco. Just another reminder to never throw your favorite pieces away and to spend free time at vintage stores and flea markets.
A last word
See? You can totally get inspiration from the catwalks. Just like designers are always doing nutty things like adapting old soda cans into haut couture dresses, you can transform a catwalk look into your own style.
And the best part?
After a compliment, you get to say "Oh, thanks, I got my inspiration from London Fashion Week."