LFW STREET STYLE TRENDS: THE LOW-DOWN

London street style

This season we have seen huge changes to the London fashion scene. Christopher Bailey at Burberry surprised all. He moved away from his usual, English heritage looks and produced a much more contemporary collection. And on the streets, a city synonymous for minimalistic monochrome looks has taken a united turn to inject bright hues of pink and size-up silhouettes, with ballooning sleeves and oversized outerwear.

london street style

However scarred you may be by Paris Hilton’s head-to-toe pink looks circa 2002, incorporating some pink into an outfit and moving away from the usually coveted comfort blanket of all black – is key. It may be the colour of candyfloss and barbie, but worn in the correct way it is not all too garish and girly. At Chanel and Stella McCartney AW16, we saw bright pinks matched with raspberry and wintery reds. This was emulated by Pandora Sykes, former Fashion Features Editor at The Sunday Times Style magazine, who paired a deep red pair of flared trousers with a brighter shade of pink on top. A nod to wearing head-to-toe pink and not looking brash is by loosening up. Designers such as Victoria Beckham and Rick Owens often prefer loose dresses and this is how Florrie Thomas, Harpers’ Fashion Editor, has worn her all pink ensemble this season. This season, Thorton Bregazzi had hints of pink running throughout the collection, Peter Pilotto too.

london street style

If you spent your childhood drowning in ‘hand-me-downs’, then you might be surprised (and even unhappy) to hear that oversized clothing is going to be a big thing this summer. Eighties power shoulders have migrated South in favour of a much more flattering and contemporary look – ballooning sleeves and extra-long sleeves. However, not in the way as we may have formerly known it (boho and hippy) but, in a much more contemporary tailored way, taking inspiration from our Tudor ancestors and Jonathon Anderson’s SS17 Tudor inspired collection. Wide leg trousers are also back, again. Sonia Rykiel and Stella McCartney are two designers who have often shown an abundance of wide leg trousers in their collections. If you do not feel bold enough to take everything as full as possible, pair big trousers with a fitted top – but the fashion bold will be oversizing everything.

london street style

At first glance, wearing a dress over trousers may seem like one of those trends to raise your eyebrows at and question whether or not you got dressed in the dark. Givenchy Couture utilised trousers to give their usual glamorous gowns an edgy twist – however the majority of the street style looks we saw followed the lead from Valentino, with laid-back floaty dresses over trousers or jeans. Whilst this is the perfect casual option, a pair of more tailored trousers or a pair of heels will give you the glam Givenchy effect – either way, it’s a great cheat to transition those summer dresses into fall (or from winter into spring, if you’re desperate to pull them out).

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