Trend predictions ahead of London Fashion Week 2012

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Fashionista Guest Blogger Hayley Statter predicts this years LFW top looks

As London Fashion Week is upon us, it begs the question of what to expect from this year in the shows. LFW has always been somewhat of a mix talent and design, but as we are into our twelfth year of a new century,  fashion trends are taking an evident, if slightly unusual, path.

Over the last 100 years we have seen a multitude of different fashion movements and most eras can be defined by prominent styles and iconic celebrity endorsers . However, we are now in a period where there is not one definitive fashion tendency, but rather an abundance of styles that fit a people’s various tastes and shape, giving people a chance to show their individual flair and preferences.

It’s as though all the iconic trends of the past are merging together to form an eclectic amalgamation of style and grace – defining timeless styles over the years and blending the best bits of fashion to create new looks for the present. The influences of decades gone by are of course still evident in this new fashion age and the British have  lead the way by expertly moulding these elements into new ideas. Thus, creating hundreds of looks for the fashion-savvy British public to wear.

This is a new way of looking at fashion, and some will agree that it is better than having one set trend to stick to: it encourages individuality and thought into outfits. That isn’t to say that having distinctive styles in fashion isn’t positive, and there are some trends that will always remind people of a certain time period.


1920s and 1950s fashion: then and now

Some of these cuts are still valuable and current today – take 1920s flapper fashion that has resurfaced after The Artist burst onto the scene. Also, the 1950’s housewife style that is revived in current designs following another hit movie “My Week With Marilyn”. That said, both styles have always lingered on through the decades, but have become particularly popular as period dramas and films are on the increase.

Neon fashion is still going strong

Other influential decades were the hippie chic of the 1960s, neon wonders from the 1980s and even Britpop fashion of the 1990s with high collars, jumpers and cardigans, and a pared down feel. All of these were iconic trends and are still used in new fashion movements and woven into up-to-date designs.

Statement styles from around the world

The styles of the last few seasons are varied and lasting – there are various eras lending basics that have been altered and the themes can be subtle as well as more obvious.

Although, new trends have also sprouted and look set to stay: the use of country chic is prevalent across the last few seasons with tweed, brogues and barbour-style jackets all making regular appearances.

Interpretations of different cultures are drawn on as another theme: take the ever-popular Parisienne style of stripe tops and cigarette trousers, and the winter fur of old Russia that has become commonplace in the shops.

L-R: Parisienne style in life and from Karen Walker, Russian Fur by Constance Jablonski, Country on the Catwalk, Alexa Chung showing Barbour style dressed down

The above are likely to reappear in some shape or form at this year’s London Fashion Week. Along with influences of decades across the 1900s, as well as new ideas that will doubtless influence shops further – possibly a futuristic twist or a more ethnic vibe.

One thing is for certain this year, there will be a multitude of designs and looks to suit everyone on the catwalk and in the shops, so depending on your persuasion you will be able to dress exactly how you envisage.

So as fashion continues to develop and change, drawing on old designs and evolving new ones, it seems to be that they are no longer strict guidelines. So it’s time to throw out the rulebook and follow your own fashion style, it’s all up to you!