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Trend inspiration from the SS14 Julien Macdonald catwalk show

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.

metallics at Julien Macdonald London Fashion Weekend 2014

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!

Sequins and Lace at Julien Macdonald London Fashion Weekend 2014

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.

julien macdonald spring summer 2014 at london fashion weekend

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.

designs inspired by julien macdonald ss14 catwalk show from 1dress

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 :)


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Tuesday Shoesday ~ LFW trends for Spring 2014

As London Fashion Week draws to a close, I’ve been looking back over the catwalk shows to find out the emerging footwear trends for Spring/Summer 2014. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching the clothes going down the runway, but really I’m watching what the models have on their feet! Take this photo of the Mary Kantrantzou show last week – lots of photographic prints and embellished textures on the dresses – but take a look at the shoes, and you can get an idea of what’s to come for next Spring: laser-cut lace-ups, pastels, fuchsia pink, chunky soles and ankle straps.

London Fashion Week Sept 2013 Pastel prints and shoes by Mary Kantrantzou for Spring Summer 2014 by @voguewatch on instagram

c/o @VogueWatch via Instagram on the London Fashion Week website

I really like these colours  and the mid-blue is cute for Spring before we hit the high summer pastels. Here is another example of pastels and ankle-high shoes heading down the runway at the Burberry show:

Footwear London Fashion Week 2013 Burberry Spring Summer 2014 Pastel Shoes

Image by Getty c/o The Telegraph

Burberry’s soft spring/summer 2014 collection was complimented by the pastel footwear and again, this shows that high-heeled sandals with ankle straps will be popular in S/S14.  The bright pink makes another appearance (I must put pink shoes on my shopping list!) and the thick t-bar will no doubt be copied on the high street next season.

Keeping an eye out for these footwear trends means that you can shop in the last of the Summer sales knowing that the pastel footwear and high-heeled ankle-strap sandals you’re buying now will be fashionable for next year. You can get yourself a bargain to store over Winter and pull out again in the Spring and I’m delighted to know that I’ll be able to wear my bargain Next chunky pastel sandals again next year and still be following the trends – although nothing would have stopped me from wearing these beauties anyway, because they are so comfortable!

Tuesday Shoesday Turquoise and tan summer wedge shoes from Next

Let me know what trends you’ve spotted for Spring/Summer 2014 and have you got any sale bargains that will work for next year too? Leave me a comment below or http://twitter.com/cassiefairy.


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Tuesday Shoesday ~ London Fashion Week 2013 & what we can expect from Spring/Summer 2014

London Fashion Week is well under way and I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled over the weekend for the hot footwear trends for Spring/Summer 2014. I know it’s super-early to be thinking about next season, especially when we’re only just getting our Autumn ankle boots out, but it’s good to know what’s up-and-coming so that we can get stay ahead of the fashionistas and inject some S/S14 trend into our footwear wardrobe right now!

Top shoe designer Sophia Webster regularly exhibits at London Fashion Week so it was no surprise that her playful designs for Spring/Summer 2014 have been on show this week. These might not be your choice for every-day footwear, but for nights out and special occasions, they are a fabulous footwear treat! I particularly loved the cartoon designs emerging in this collection; with toes adorned with speech bubbles and superhero colours, this demonstrates that the geek-chic trend is far from over and that comic-book fashion will be fierce in Spring/Summer 2014.

Tuesday Shoesday - london fashion week sophia websters spring summer 2014 footwear cartoon shoe designs

Sophia Webster S/S14 shoes c/o Shoewawa

And this trend was further confirmed when footwear-giant Manolo Blahnik exhibited his Spring/Summer collection for the first time ever at London Fashion Week. His super-high heels featured bright primary colours, contrast outlining and garish patterns – the kind of thing that Supergirl would wear perhaps?! The playful colours don’t however give way to comfort, as Blahnik recently told Vogue, his shoes are rigorously tested by workers in his Milan factory to ensure they are comfortable and easy to wear, despite the sky-scraper heels. Manolo confirms that the secret is in the positioning of the heel; ‘One centimetre either way and the shoe is a flop’. His new collection was well received by the London audience, keen to get a glance at the designers first showing at LFW13 and I’m certain that this nerdy comicesque trend will be everywhere next Spring/Summer.

manolo blahnik shoe collection at london fashion week for spring summer 2014

Manolo Blahnik S/S14 collection c/o Daily Mail

What do you think of this super-bright trend? Will you be wearing it next year? Or have you already got a comic-book print dress?? I personally love the Twinkle Toes shoes and if I were getting married again, I would insist on wearing these underneath my wedding dress!! Let me know what you think – tweet me @TuesdayShoeday or leave me a comment below :)

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Fashion’s not just for big fairies – its for the fellas too…

Today sees the launch of the British Fashion Council’s dedicated mens fashion weekend so I thought I’d better take some time to focus on men’s fashion for a change!

NEWGEN MEN began in September 2009 and has since become instrumental in raising the profile of emerging British designers and the first ever male-only fashion week  London Collections: Men is running from 15th – 17th June, kick starting the Menswear calendar with a showcase of British brands and businesses. This event has developed from the popular Men’s day at London Fashion Week and gives male fashion its own focused event and will emphasise both the creative and commercial importance of Britain’s brands and emerging talent as well as the rich British cultural landscape that continues to the inspire and improve the success of the fashion industry in the UK.

Caroline Rush CEO of the British Fashion Council, commented “We’re delighted to be supporting six of London’s emerging menswear talents this season, with special thanks going to TOPMAN for their continued and on-going support of the NEWGEN MEN initiative. This announcement kick-starts the countdown to the launch of our dedicated menswear showcase, London Collections: Men, and is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Britain as a leading force in menswear and capital of emerging talent.”

At London Collections: Men you can expect to see refined tailoring by menswear designer Lou Dalton, Knitwear from fashion collective SIBLING, high quality crafted pieces by Christopher Raeburn and even jewellery from Andrew Bunney. So I’ll be keeping an eye out to gain inspiration for hubby’s Autumn/Winter wardrobe and I hope to be able to update you on some of my favourite looks from NEWGEN MEN in subsequent posts.


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Tuesday Shoesday – Life’s a Beach at London Fashion Week

Charlotte Dellal debuted her new Charlotte Olympia “Sirens” shoe collection for Spring/Summer 2012 at London Fashion Week, displaying a bonkers selection of seashell embellishments, flamingo feathers and deck chair colours.

 

The kitsch designs and pun-loaded names (such as banana leaf print platforms ‘Leaf Me Alone’ and gold shell-covered heels “Shelly”) project a cheeky playful holiday image, based on 40s & 50s America. She said her shoe designs were based on 50s Miami beach glamour; “I’ve only been there once in my life. It [the show setting] could be any Americana town I guess, but with the film set and the beach here I wanted to create Miami as you’d imagine it to be, Miami in the movies.”

The 'Ursula' court shoes from the Charlotte Olympia spring/summer 2012 collection

Does this mean we’ll all be getting out the glue-gun to stick our holiday shells to our shoes next season? Personally, I think this may be a step too far (excuse the pun, although Dellal would be proud…) and I can’t help imagining the sound of the ‘crunch’ when one of my embellishments drops off & rolls underneath my flamingo-coloured heel. What do you think? Leave me a comment below: