How to really use fashion trends, what is to bring home and really wear, after the shows?

New York Fashion Week, while busy discussing the new calendar trend of “see-now-buy-now” and a bit confused by the currents changes in the industry, still managed to deliver some glamorous NY trends and beautiful catwalk shows that are worth to apply in everyday life.

And what about London Fashion Week? Traditionally, this is where trends happen and new looks are shown. Indeed, the London shows have been very theatrical, volcanic and sometimes a bit scary (we have seen some Gothic make-up, Hannibal masks and sinister-looking models). But behind the surprises, there was a high sartorial knowledge, and also some subtle changes that are easy to copy on a low budget. Here is a selection of the best trends to really use in the next seasons. For more, visit the Ask the Monsters Fashion Section, or our Free Fashion Advice Section.

Butterflies

Here is the first contrast: together with crazy looks, we have seen a lot of dreamy looks, embroidered with butterflies.

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Sarah Burton’s collection for Alexander McQueen was dreamy and full of butterflies. Photo: vogue.co.uk
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Butterfly ankle boots by Sophia Webster. Photo: vogue.co.uk

Birds

Another romantic trend that counterbalanced the London craziness: birds. Embroidered, printed, added as a focal point.

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Embroidered birds for Temperley London. Photo: vogue.co.uk
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Alexander McQueen. Photo: vogue.co.uk

Gothic – But Impeccable!

Don’t focus on the Hannibal masks: watch the sartorial skills of the beautiful clothes.

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Gareth Pugh shocked the audience with his Hannibal masks, but the clothes are impeccable. Photo: vogue.co.uk
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Grunge/Gothic hair and beauty – paired by a timeless coat and rather conservative dress. Photo: vogue.co.uk

Nude 

Chiffon, coloured embroideries, see-through clothes: the body is going to be shown also in winter.

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Alexander McQueen. Photo: vogue.co.uk
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Antonio Berardi’s see through chiffon for the evening. Photo: vogue.co.uk

Theater and Patchwork

After all, London is the city of theatres. Spectacular and eye-catching mixtures of colours, fabrics, wigs and materials have been seen in most of the shows.

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Huge afro wigs for Ashish. Photo: vogue.co.uk
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Soft and feminine: Pilotto’s patchwork. Photo: vogue.co.uk

Braless

The tendency is definitely more toward the 70s than Kim Kardashian-inspired: ditch your bra and go fro a deep plunge.

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Amanda Wakeley. Photo: vogue.co.uk
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Erdem. Photo: vogue.co.uk

Soft Knots

Skinny scarves, soft belts, shirts that close with a knot: when a model walks, there is often a soft piece of fabric flying. Very sensual, and easy to copy on a low budget.

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Peter Pilotto. Photo: vogue.co.uk
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Add a soft belt and knot to your dress, or anywhere you wish. This dress is by Gareth Pugh. Photo: vogue.co.uk
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Temperley London. Photo: vogue.co.uk

Fur

Fur details and trimmings have been seen a lot in New York too – the trend continues in London.

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Amanda Wakeley. Photo: vogue.co.uk
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Fur coats, vests, scarves, trimmings, etc where everwhere. This is Top Shop Unique. Photo: vogue.co.uk

Double Belt

London disrupted belts by using them everywhere – often together in the same outfit. Avoid the excess and keep the idea – it’s lovely and easy to copy.

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Double belts for AF Vandervorst. Photo: vogue.co.uk
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Amanda Wakeley. Photo: vogue.co.uk

 

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