September for me used to mean the start of the school year, and later the start of my new term at college. Now it means only one thing...Fashion Week time. I love the buzz around each of the major fashion weeks and the feast for the eyes that is each designer's carefully crafted collections.
The shows get my fashion juices flowing, and I love that they get people talking. Different people will always have different tastes (one of the reason's I love fashion) and will have their own take on looks and trends.
I wanted to share with you some of my favourite trends from each fashion week and I'm kicking off with NYFW...
1. Sheer Beauty
I am a girl who loves to play with layers and textures and so it's inevitable that I loved the variety of layered sheer looks on offer at NYFW. From the oh so feminine looks at Ralph Lauren to the more modern mix at Prabal Gurung, sheer definitely ticked one of my fashion boxes.
L-R: Marc Jacobs, Tracy Reese, Prabal Gurung, Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti, Ralph Lauren
2. Brave and Bold
Florals are a given during the SS season, and whilst I like florals it isn't really something that gives impact. I love it when designers go for something a little more daring and there was plenty to get excited about print wise at NYFW. The bold prints that were on offer at the likes of DKNY and Diane Von Furstenberg are not for the feint hearted, which is why I love them!
L - R: DKNY, Milly, Diane Von Furstenberg, Sohpie Theallet
3. Pastels with a Punch
Pretty feminine pastels were a big hit back in SS 2010, and this SS the pastel trend is back. And whilst Jenny Packham and Calvin Klein opted for full on femininity, this time round the likes of Jason Wu and Preen showed an edgier side to the look, with clean modern lines and black accessories. My favourite take on the trend has to be at 3.1 Phillip Lim, with looks that managed to use head to toe pastels in a way that was much more modern and statement making than I thought possible.
L-R: Jason Wu, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Preen, Jenny Packham, Calvin Klein
4. Gatsby's Party
A number of designers looked to the 1920's 'Jazz Age' for their evening wear inspiration and tapped into the subtle sexy allure of the decade and the full on glamour. There was plenty of tassels, glitz and shine to make you be the girl that wows at all the best parties. I loved Marc Jacobs' take on the look, which brought it hurtling from the 20's into a refreshing and playful look for 2012 and Rachel Zoe's interpretation which was just simply gorgeous.
L-R - Tory Burch, Marchesa, Rachel Zoe, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren
Geometric colour blocking was another trend that I felt hit the nail for me. The likes of Narciso Rodriguez, and J. Mendel black and white as a base, and added clean bold colours to create looks that will guarantee that you do not slip into the background. A great alternative if you love bold looks, but the busy patterns of the season are just that little too much for you. Don't over do it on the colour though, follow the designer's lead and add one or two colours to the black and white.
L-R - BCBG Max Azria, Ohne Titel, J. Mendel, Narciso Rodriguez, Carolina Herrera