London Fashion Weekend

So it’s all happening in Somerset House again this weekend as we see the British Fashion Council’s take on the Autumn/Winter trends for 2014. Here are the 4 key looks on the high street to snap up if you want to be current this season:

1. Candy Crush

Following on from spring/summer, pastel shades permeated autumn/winter collections with lovely lilacs, powder pinks and baby blues. It’s a grown-up approach with a focus on structured silhouettes, sharp tailoring and elegant sportswear. This trend is the perfect way to add a light touch to a dark winter wardrobe, so it’s great news for you ‘Lights’ out there!

2014 AW Pastles

2. Fairy Tale Ending

An enchanting spell was cast over the collections this season as designers looked to their favourite fairy tales for inspiration, from Little Red Riding Hood to Beauty and The Beast. Get the happily-ever-after you’ve always dreamed of with floaty gowns, delicate details and embellishment. Or add a dash of leather or fierce heels for a tougher edge – some great inspiration here when you’re looking for party outfits later in the year.

 

3. Jungle Fever (Creative trend)

There’s a tropical storm on the catwalks this season thanks to an abundance of lush hues, exotic motifs and tribal prints. Brave the wilderness by combining earthy tones or go wild in all-out animal prints. Work this trend into your everyday wardrobe by swapping your white shirt for a colourful tropical print number. Perfect for you ‘Creatives’ or anyone who likes a bit of Drama.

2014 AW Prints

4. One and Only

Pick your favourite shade and stick with it. This season it’s all about a confident take on colour, with teamed separates in the same hue, creating head-to-toe looks. Keep accessories muted and play with proportion and texture to mix up this minimal trend. There couldn’t be a more perfect trend for you ‘Softs’ out there.

 

Plenty to keep you occupied this Autumn Winter!

 

 

Top tips for maternity wear

So with Kate Middleton is pregnant again, maternity wear back up to the top of the fashion agenda. It is for me anyway with only two weeks to go! The selection of maternity clothes available is getting better, but there’s still a lack of shops selling a range that you can touch and feel before you buy – most are still only available online. To help narrow down the search, here are my top shops for pregnancy must-haves

  1. Mamas and Papas – a little pricey but they do great dresses which you will definitely get your wear out of, for both work and play. You might have to spend up to £50 but a (not so little) black dress from here will see you through breastfeeding days also. For a much cheaper option, check out the Huddersfield factory outlet for items under £10, bargain!
  2. ASOS – have a massive range of maternity wear online which was favoured by the lovely Yorkshire lass and Tour de France supporter, Kimberley Walsh. She’s had a little boy called Bobby – cute!
  3. H&M – have a nice little range of maternity wear although I could only find this at their Regent Street store. Great for leggings and check out their plus-size range for swimwear if you can’t find any maternity ones – I got a size 22 that has lasted me to full term!
  4. John Lewis – have a lovely Isabella Oliver range but unfortunately they don’t stock the range in their new York store, you need to order online. Great if you need some cute dresses for work.
  5. Primark – have the cheapest jeans and a nice range of maternity clothes in their Trinity store, Leeds. Perfect if you’re near the end of your pregnancy and want to spend only £15 on a nice dress for lunching with the girls once you’re on mat leave!
  6. New Look – always good for wide-fit shoes once your feet start swelling.
  7. M&S – great for nude maternity tights and big knickers. My favourite are the no-VPL range that have no waistband at all and are on offer at 3 for £6.
  8. Bravissimo – fab fitting service for nursing bras and lounge wear to keep you comfy and not looking too frumpy!

Happy shopping!