So it’s the New Year. Serious about the new you? The following five trends say so. I am woman, watch me conquer.
Call it a fashion detox, or just another clever way of selling more clothes. This trend is all about going back to basics. It washes away all of the sparkle, sequins and shine of last season and treats us to white architectural shapes with shots of silver, gold, and pastel shades. Keeping in mind the white bralet style top seen on the catwalk by Balenciaga, try pairing a crop-top like Miss Selfridge’s Nude Lace Insert Bra Top, £18 with some plain black trousers like the Black Crepe Zip Pocket Trousers, £17.99 by New Look. Keep accessories to a minimum, and let a simple pendant necklace work its magic.
Shades of glory
With the right lipstick in her hand, and wearing the correct shades, a woman can conquer the world. And what better shades to choose than the new seasons refreshing shades of citrus, blue and light hues. When it comes to the face, Lush has some incredible lipsticks in eye-popping colours. Try their handmade lipstick in shade ‘Power’, a reddy-orange shade that will work hard enough for you to keep the rest of your face bare. I also love River Island’s Orange V Neck Fine Knit Jumper, £25 and Topshop’s Dark Blue Speckle Skater Skirt, £16. If you’re brave enough, opt for bold colour head-to-toe.
If you’re a girl who likes to be noticed, you can’t choose a colour scheme louder and more in-your-face than s/s 13’s obsession with black and white. Lanvin stormed the catwalk with a sleeveless black and white waistcoat and black smart trousers, whilst Givenchy boasted an all-white floor length evening gown. From the luxurious all-white dress to the black trouser suit, this season we are in love with black, and white, and every combination of black and white in-between. Topshop has an array of white dresses; my favourites are the Lace Panel Dip Hem Dress, £46 and the Petite Crystal Collar Dress, £50, both beyond beautiful. I also love the black and white Tribal Print Leggings, £18 by ASOS.com.
Sixties & seventies
Marc Jacobs paved the way for the sixties trend, along with Prada and Moschino.
A few requirements: a tunic dress, a sharp silhouette, bright fabrics and knee-high boots in cute, pastel shades. (Actually, who is going to buy those? Black will do). A beehive hairstyle and a good pair of legs, optional. You can’t go wrong with the Amy Front Zip Mini Skirt in Square Eyes Print, £25 by Motel. The online retailer also offers 20% student discount. If your opting for the seventies inspired trend, take inspiration from Gucci and Fendi and opt for the burgundy Skinny Flare Trouser, £35 by ASOS.com.
Like a lady
Head-to-toe pink, check. Cosmopolitan drink in hand, check. Your best I-am-oh-so-darling facial expression, check. You are now ready to do this trend, and do it well. The models wearing Oscar Del La Renta walked the catwalk in cute pink suits with matching pink streaks in their hair, whilst models for Dior turned out in rippling baby-pink dresses with bright yellow inner linings. This trend is the stuff dreams are made of. I love River Island’s pink diamante surround studs, £5 and the Embelished Babydoll Dress, £47 by Miss Selfridge. If you want to toughen up this little girl affair, throw on a leather biker jacket or an oversized black blazer. Add chunky cuffs for your wrist accessories. This trend doesn’t have to be overtly feminine. Make it a boy/girl thing, too.