After last season’s preoccupation with dark glamour, the neutral colours making the rounds this season have been quite the palette cleanser. But the collections haven’t been completely without colour. Even John Rocha, who doesn’t tend to steer too far from monochromatic hues, introduced colour for the first time on a series of neon dresses.
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Embellishment was everywhere last season and it is shaping up to be a trend that is here to stay. Eveningwear was where designers were really playful and the options ranged from subtle details to elaborate decoration on gowns. The fact that fashion favourite Christopher Kane tapped into it, too, is a sure sign of its staying power.
If you bought into the peplum trend that dominated the runways this time last year, you’re in luck. Designers turned to the shape in a big way this week. House of Holland designer Henry Holland incorporated it onto the hemlines of tops, while Michael van der Ham and Peter Pilotto offered it on statement printed knee length dresses.
HOUSE OF HOLLAND
MICHAEL VAN DER HAM
Still on a high from the Olympics, the shows were awash with sports-inspired pieces. Rather than going down a literal route, the latest offerings won’t look out of place outside the gym. Antonio Berardi added a sportswear twist to modern dresses and tailoring that came with performance technology incorporated into the fabrics.