Fashion week recap: spring 17 trend forecast

No longer solely focused on the designer collections, London Fashion Week (and its international counterparts), holds the ability to transform the capital into a centre of sartorial panache, albeit for a few days only. Should you attend the shows and eschew any sort of dress code, you’ll find yourself enshrouded by hungry fashionistas that have dressed specifically for the honour of being street style snapped, an act to some that is more important than the shows themselves.

So as the fashion front-rowers descend on to the British capital, we’re looking at the trends that we spotted in abundance, whether it was as simple as a velvet slipper to the more daring of options, like head-to-toe metallics, not for the faint hearted.

One may think that it is exclusively the designers that decide the trends for the seasons ahead, and whilst on the whole, that may be true; it can often be the styling details of the attendees that catch the editors eyes, and become the ticket to being on trend for the season ahead. Eagle eyed photographers will spot many details showing up more frequently as the week goes on, because where the stylish people go, someone is bound to follow.

Starting from the bottom, the shoe trends this season spanned to just about every category of footwear available, from a sky high heel to the flattest of loafers. The Gucci Princetown loafer was spotted again on a number of show-goers (not quite as many as last season where it would seem they were given out on entry) wanting to add a metallic splash to their outfit but this seasons reigning flat seemed to be the humble sneaker. The desired choice? A box fresh white leather sneaker with a hint of print, just enough to keep the look minimal but with a dash of personality. 

In the heeled category, a few were spotted rocking the grosgrain-strapped Dior kitten heels and fashion maven Kate Foley was spotted in a pair of embellished, emerald green Miu Miu platforms to both New York and London fashion weeks. Boots were big on the agenda, the perfect trans-seasonal option - the mid heel with a pointed toe was preferable and silver seemed to be the one to wear to stay on trend/jazz up an all black look. That aside it seemed like the classic court will always reign supreme, we spotted it in suede salmon, navy velvet and a classic black.

When it came to bags this season there seemed to be one rule, make it small. Nano bags, whether strung across the body or clutched next to a show invitation, they were the ones to be seen with. We spotted a few popular styles including the Fendi Micro Baguette and the Hermes Kelly clutch alongside one of the standouts of the season, the J.W. Anderson pierce bag, an essential for added attitude. 

An added extra to finish the looks was jewellery. Although never ones to shy away from added jewellery, this season it came in a more refined approach. Costume jewellery was stacked lightly with finer pieces, with a few Cartier love bracelets spotted over the duration. The key this season was to keep your outfit relatively tonal and then finish with metallic accessories. 

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WomenswearZak Walton