London fashion week- the week where designers forget what sleep is, where celebrities scramble over each other for the coveted ‘frow’ status and most importantly, new trends are created for us to lap up!
Having just watched videos of various collections including Christopher Kane, Issa, Peter Pilotto and of course Burberry Prorsum, it became very apparent that one of the many key trends for AW13 is pattern- and lots of it. But it’s not as simple as that.Oh no! It’s 2013 and it’s time to go crazy and clash patterns!
Clashing patterns is a touchy subject for some. For those that like to rigidly follow fashion rules, they may argue that time and time again we have been told not to clash contrasting patterns. It can look crazy, it can look cheap and most importantly, it can look the opposite of fashionable. For bad examples think Bjork, Sue Pollard and dare I say, Absolutely Fabulous’ Eddie and Patsy (we still love them for infinity and forever though).
But it’s time to throw that old philosophy right out the window and embrace the new clashing culture. After all, if the designers are doing it, then that means we’ll be doing it! And it’s not such a crazy look as you’d think. Here’s how to work the look without ending up looking like a 90’s TV star.
Ahh, the Burberry Prorsum show ❤ I wanted everything and anything in the collection! Titled ‘Trench Kisses’, Christopher Bailey delivered once again, managing to keep the heritage of Burberry whilst simultaneously reinventing the brand. Opening the show was a stunning traditional trench modified with metallic waist belt and amazing sheer raincoat sleeves. And soon after the clashing patterns were a coming. Cara Delevingne glided down the catwalk in an amazing outfit- a leopard print tee tucked into a sheer skirt with…here it comes..a clashing heart print underlay. Ingenious!
Animal prints were the defining theme for Bailey’s AW13 Collection. Another clashing pattern duo came in the form of a giraffe print coat teamed with a leopard-print clutch. And clashing was happening right down to the luxury handbags, where the traditional and instantly recognisable Burberry check was fused with animal prints.
The theme of clashing patterns, whether in a subtle or big way were happening everywhere at LFW. House of Holland’s, Nana Rave collection saw another big trend, neon, used in outfits which not only contrasted in colour but in distinctly seventies-style patterns. Both Mulberry and Temperley, brands known for their high luxury element, featured outfits which clashed in utterly sophisticated ways darling.
So how do you pull off this look successfully? It’s easier than you think!As you can see from the different collections, it’s a versatile look with a lot of scope. Why not take inspiration from Burberry Prorsum and use sheer as a mediator between your patterns. For a daytime look, you could go bold and wear patterned jeans with a clashing pattern top underneath a sheer shirt. We’ve already seen that animal print will be big, why not imitate the catwalk look by teaming it with some feminine hearts. And for evening glamour, look to clash metallics and florals. Don’t forget, the celebs are always here to help! Why not add stripes into the equation like Diane and Laura. It’s all about getting creative.
So take a deep breath, and prepare to do battle between two different patterns- three if you’re feeling extra brave!