5 Style Lessons From Fashion Week 2018
The London Fashion Week 2018 was all about nostalgic futurism – a lovely melding of the past and the future.
Designers took beautiful lessons from their young selves and applied them to their creations to create something exciting and new. Old-fashioned patterns were mixed with contemporary pieces, as rebellious inspirations from the past that today’s stylish generation will love were also featured.
It’s important to note, too, that there was an embrace of colour to demonstrate “pride” and florals figured prominently. So, if you are all about creating a wardrobe this season that will earn the nod of style authorities, these are the words to remember – rainbow colours, florals, and old-fashioned patterns.
But how, exactly, can you work all those into your daily style?
Take these five style lessons from Fashion Week 2018:
1. Do not be afraid to mix patterns
This is not a new style lesson because fashion stylists have been advocating this outrageous trend for a while now.
But, if you are going to take inspiration from the recent London Fashion Week, you will notice that aside from the lack of uniformity with patterns looking smashing, mixing seemingly incompatible materials also yields gorgeous results.
A racer leather jacket that comes in a Crayola box of colours makes absolute sense when paired with a modest and feminine yet ethnic-inspired dress. Ditto with mixing check and stripe patterns for classic pieces.
2. Use “colour combinations from hell” in small doses
Hues that, when put together, assault the eyes are considered very “now.” They do look avant-garde but it is easy enough to work the concept into daily looks as long as you make the right calculation for “application.”
The best way to make the clashing colours style trend work is to implement it in small ways.
For example, orange, hot pink and lime green can make most eyes hurt but they can actually look fabulous on your face. Do not hesitate to work that Constance Carrol Matte Power Lipstick in Fuchsia 11 with an orange blush and green eyeshadow.
Likewise, red and cyan may look too “cool” together and not that visually impressive. But if this colour combination comes in a kitschy purse or headpiece, it would make conservative Tudor-inspired dresses in muted hues look more interesting.
3. Wear sneakers or chunky lace-up boots with British tweeds
Tweed has been a much-stereotyped material or pattern. People find it too stuffy or posh, geeky even, at times. However, if you want to be taken seriously, you can never go wrong with wearing tweed.
To make tweed more “now,” comfortable footwear can make the difference. Sneakers and lace-up boots like Doc Martens can make “serious” pieces of clothing like tweed edgier yet more accessible for most people as well as practical.
4. Clothes should be used to make a statement
Do not be afraid to show off your personality with carefully selected pieces. There’s a vast selection of clothing that has the ability to say what you think and manifest your values even if they do not have words written on them.
Use clothing as your power source for self-affirmation or to show support for a movement. Being true to oneself was one of the underlying themes of this year’s Fashion Week; honestly, it should be the way to live for everyone.
5. Florals are eternally relevant
Nothing can compare to the femininity and style versatility of florals. You can wear them through the changing seasons especially if you invest in floral clothing that is made from high-quality fabric.
There is no issue with decking out in florals from head to toe. Flower print bandannas, scarves, dresses, tights, and even shoes should make their way in women’s wardrobes.
And, do not shy away from pairing them with popular prints or patterns such as stripes, polka dots (which are all the rage this summer), and even tribal prints, as well as fabric materials like satin, silk, tulle, organza, velvet, and even leather.
So, those are the five style lessons provided by Fashion Week 2018.
Mix old with the new, and be as adventurous as you want to be in using clothing to confidently show off the unique you.
Jessicka Bell co-founded the AgenC, one of the leading model/talent agencies in the Middle East, in 2014. After just three years in the market, the AgenC now works with most (if not all) of the heavy hitters in media and fashion, as well as represents over 1,000 talents ranging from international models through to cast, kids, creatives, and photographers.