Today I am sharing an exclusive look at womenswear fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2014 because last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to attend London Fashion Weekend at the world famous Somerset House in London. I took hundreds of photographs during the day in order to document the hottest trends at fashion week and I wanted to share these with you so that you can get a flavour of the must-have looks for this season and next.
The hottest ticket at London Fashion Weekend was to super-star designer Julien Macdonald’s runway show and I managed to sweet-talk myself into getting a ticket at the last minute – so you can imagine my excitement as I took my seat to watch the super-glamorous designs waltzing down the catwalk.
The runway show featured an abundance of crystals and sequins and each of the designs followed the new season metallic trend. The stunning outfits were created in gold, pewter, silver and metallic black for a super-sparkly shimmer and we will certainly be seeing these metallic tones reproduced in stores for Spring and Summer 2014. If you don’t want to go for the all-over sequins look, you can simply add a few diamantés in your jewellery or choose a metallic shoe or handbag to follow the trend without being a slave to fashion!
Interestingly the Julien Macdonald dresses were either skin-tight or loose and floating, using stretch lace and chiffon in equal measures, so you can take your pick of which look to follow this season. I would suggest the skin-tight lace and sequins are best suited to evening wear and the flowing chiffon would be better for keeping cool on hot summer days.
Another feature of the designer runway show was soft pastel colours. Traditionally we usually see more pale shades during Spring and Summer and the Julien Macdonald dresses also featured pastel green, pale grey, sofa lilac and nude shades alongside the bold black and metallic block colours. The delicate shades looked fresh and are an easier way to introduce the new season trends into your everyday wardrobe.
Taking inspiration from this catwalk show, I’ve found an affordable alternative in the form of custom-made dress designers 1Dress.co.uk who make stunning dresses for special occasions. I’ve just been invited to the National Blog Awards ceremony in London and the dress code is ‘Dress to Impress’ so while not needing a full-on ballgown, I do need something special and I want to use the inspiration that I saw on the catwalk while choosing my new dress. I’m definitely going to be choosing sequins and glitz so here are some of my favourites (below) which combine sparkle with the chiffon and lace fabrics seen on the runway. I’ve also picked out pastel colours to further follow the trend and I hope to be able to get the Julien Macdonald look for a fraction of the price.
The sparkly mirrored dress above reminds me of the exhibition dresses at London Fashion Weekend and the glittery nude dress is a slightly more wearable version of the Julien Macdonald catsuit above that Jessie J wore to the Brits! I think the combination of black and gold is more my kind of thing and I’ll let you know what dress I choose for the awards ceremony in the future! I hope you’ve enjoyed this exclusive report on London Fashion Weekend and have taken inspiration from these images of the hottest designer runway show at the event