11:26 Monday 25 February 2013

London Fashion Week: Inspired Buys

Written byCharlotte Wildblood

It’s the end of the month and sparkling in the not-too-distant future is the prospect of the next pay check.  With New York, London and Milan Fashion Weeks having just finished, the media is awash with what is going to be popular next season.  The high street has some fabulous pickings that will sell out if you’re not quick: so take note, buy now and wear forever (or at least until Spring/Summer 2014).

Black Fur Jacket

Faux fur took the catwalk by storm with the Topshop Unique catwalk showing Cara Delevingne modelling the most gorgeous black number with a slash of turquoise eyeshadow, adding a neon edge.  This fur from the mainline collection is equally divine and will ensure that you turn heads whilst staying toasty in this freezing British winter!


Topshop Polka Dot

Monochrome has emerged from the shadows of seriousness and has sprung into its own with fabulous prints which will echo back to the 80s.  Geometric, clashing prints scream light-hearted fun and enjoyment: when did fashion ever have to be serious?  The intention of these prints is to go wild, add neon, add dip dyed hair, add whatever you want (so long as its fun and quirky!).

Leather Skater Skirt

Leather was awash on the catwalk: from caps to dresses, this trend cannot be avoided (scout out the leather and cotton men’s sweatshirt in Zara and nab it for yourself!).  If you haven’t already invested in a leather skirt, do it now!  These pieces are so incredibly versatile and will take you from workwear to the underground club that your colleagues have been wanting you to go to every Friday night.  This piece is a perfect base for the various ‘pop’ pieces, such as a polka dot top from Topshop or a neon satchel from H&M, and at £60 - it won’t break the bank!


Red Dress

If you read the Valentine’s Day post, you’ll know that ‘rouge’ was a prominent feature.  It must have been as though I was gleaning my inspiration from a crystal ball as the Autumn/Winter catwalk reinstated red as a go-to colour for many designers.  This skater dress from Miss Selfridge is a fabulous example of how such a simple piece can make such a bold statement: pair with black heeled ankle boots, black tights and a black coat for classy, on trend style. 

Pinstripe Shorts

Do you have legs to die for?  Lucky you!  Even if you don’t think you do, I can guarantee that these shorts from Urban Outfitters will prove you wrong!  The vertical stripes will ensure that your pins look longer and leaner.  Although these are more of an investment buy for the summer, they’ve already been in short supply in store so snap them up in preparation for your bronzed body’s wardrobe!

Hobbs Wide Trousers

These Hobbs ‘Evie’ Trousers are swoon-worthy.  The wide style ensures that they are bang on trend with the LFW catwalk, whilst they are equally perfect for the summer.  The possibilities are endless with this item: pair with a polo shirt (like the model) for a warm spring day, with a black tank top for a monochromatic summer day or with a black, tight-fitted turtleneck cashmere sweater for a touch of Autumn luxe. 

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