Monday, 22 February 2016


Betsey Johnson SS16 at New York Fashion Week
More than ever the approaching new season explores and promotes individuality and experimentation in terms of  fashion and designs. Colours, shapes, textures and pattern  all exude a particular creativity completely unique to Spring/Summer16. Last years love of 70's inspired florals and this year's surreal modernism and love of sparkle has given us a season completely shaped by throwbacks and a longing nostalgia of past eras. 

From crazy pleated shoulder pads, sequin covered dresses and bright, geometric knitwear there is a clear 80's influence as well as prairie sweetness from the girlish florals and suede tassels working as this season's nod to the 70's. And lets not forget the denim grunge and whimsical slogans of the 90's as well as the 60's inspired A-line shapes and cute Co-ords.

With all this love for the throwback I have to say my heart lies with the bold and clashing colours of the 80's. With an emphasis on the strong and vibrant primary colours, a touch of neon and some Memphis inspired accessories this trend is crazy and bold and has become a tribute to the era in itself. The 80's inspiration is clear and designers are showcasing their love through their unique designs. Christopher Kane presented the fashion world with a tribute to the era with designs dedicated to the bold clashing colours, garish messy knits and plastic details whilst designers such as Burberry incorporated the era more subtly with fur lined capes and block colours. Neon bursts and acid tones where seen in the designs of Jonathon Saunders, where his florescent designs were a real throwback to the era and even high-street shops such as Topshop created cocktail attire with masculine tailoring as tribute to the era of the yuppies. Admittedly these designers also incorporate softer colours and more feminine fabrics, textures and patterns that have a more relaxed, 70's feel but this difference in new season designs, if anything, prove a combination of all eras creates the perfect personal style that is as unique and fun as the season it's self.

Our love of past eras is weaved (quite literally) within the designs and clothing of the new season.  So it's time to raid your parent's wardrobes and attics because the chances are that those hilarious knits, over-sized denim and the band t-shirts of  singers you've never heard of are this season's ultimate style must haves!