GET THE LOOK
By Reem Kanj / Photography Reem Kanj
Last season I didn’t attend fashion week, instead I had a front row seat to the most epic show I’ve ever seen, the Northern Lights. I decided it was worth missing London Fashion Week for, and it’s hard to argue against my case but I have to admit, this season it felt good to get straight back into the swing of things with a very exciting project in partnership with Travelex.
Fashion and travel are my two passions and the two main segments you find here on Five Five Fabulous, so it was only natural to collaborate with Travelex to bring you the top five trends from the SS16 collections and where you can expect to get the look for less when shopping abroad.
I decided to be a little more selective with the shows and presentations I attended this year and amongst a few of the classics I’d never miss, were some new ones which I attended for the first time and I loved so much of what I saw.
Special thanks to The May Fair Hotel for giving me a fabulous base during LFW, Mercedes Benz Smart Car for helping me get around the unbearable Soho traffic and Lulu for being the best assistant on the planet.
Amanda Wakeley’s beautiful collection showcased relaxed, undone silhouettes with feminine and sleek backless tops and dresses. Fabrics were delicate and palettes soft with a subtle insertion of black silk and prints.
This loungewear look can be snapped up for less at Ron Herman Boutique in LA, stockist of Rumi Neely’s line, Are You Am I.
Day two at London Fashion Week served up more from the colour blocking trend we’ve been seeing on the runways from New York. Charlie May’s beautiful SS16 presentation channelled a simplistic, relaxed, Scandi-inspired look, with single pieces styled together to create a head to toe colour block outfit.
Look out for the Swedish native brand, Filippa K, whose stores in Sweden offer similar pieces
Sophia Webster’s mermaid, fantasy land presentation demonstrated tropical themes for SS16, a trend that was similarly strong at the Anna Sui and Tommy Hilfiger shows in New York.
Embracing the tropical trend is all about capitalising on the bold colours of summer, a look that New Zealand based designer, Kathryn Wilson is great for.
OFF THE SHOULDER
MM6 Maison Margiela
Necklines were notably off the shoulder this season and also noticed at the MM6 Maison Margiela show. Off the shoulder shirts and dresses create an instantly laid-back, feminine look -perfect for spring and easy to emulate.
Danish brand Designers Remix, by Charlotte Eskildsen, is big on the off the shoulder trend, with a beautiful array of tops, knitwear and dresses in this style.
Burberry reinforced the militaristic looks that have been hinted at as a top trend for next season. The show was packed full of strong silhouetted jackets and coasts, gold detailing and embellishment.
Get the look in Madrid with the exclusive brand Hoss Intropia who offer the double-breasted look, as well as other on-trend pieces in military style blues, greens and greys.