Catwalk Trend Guide

Spring/Summer 2018 Ready to Wear – Alexander McQueen

We love the latest collection from Alexander McQueen – it features lots of our favourite fabrics and the styles are truly feminine. Ruffles, frills, layers, lace, spots, tulle…just the sort of look we love!

models on catwalk

Pantone’s Colour of the year for 2017

It’s time to talk about the shade chosen as Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017. 15-0343 is called ‘Greenery’ and is a fresh, bright Spring green, with slight tones of yellow. Symbolising the lushness of the great outdoors, Greenery is a refreshing, revitalizing, natural colour. Take a look below for a selection of our fabrics that capture the essence of Greenery. We’ve also included some colour palettes of pairings from neutrals to brights, and pastels. Pantone’s choice for 2017 is bound to inspire!

greenery pantone

transitions

Layers and layers and layers of tulle! July 2017

The catwalks are alive with a wash of colour in the form of beautiful, semi-sheer tulle dresses, with big, sweeping, romantic skirts and structured bodices. Here’s a few of our favourite dresses from recent shows.

BeFunky Collage

We have a fine collection of tulles, from soft to stiff, veiling tulles, transparent illusion tulles and many more. We’ve got a wide range of colour available, from soft blush pink to cerise pink, and of course all the usual shades you would expect such as black, white and ivory. We have sparkle tulles and foil tulles; we even have formaldehyde free options available.

Collection of Fabric

Bridal Trends for 2017

3D flowers are still immensely popular this season as well as embellishments in general. Embroidered lace is a definite yes and brides are steering away from plain and understated in favour of more personal, unqiue pieces. Large floral lace designs are also hot news as brides look for something a little more unusual to make their dress stand out.

bridal trends 2017

 3D embellishments, large floral lace & embroidered lace – all on trend for S/S 17

Next up is colours – while white and Ivory obviously remain firm favourites, blush pink, soft blues and mint greens are also making waves, as brides continually search for something extra special and eye catching.

blue, blush and mint bridal gowns

Something Blue! And Blush…..and mint!

Finally, brides are turning back the clock and in terms of style, 70s boho chic is huge again, as are 20s style capes. This year’s bride is definitely shunning tradition in favour of a truly unique, bespoke gown.

bridal gowns with capes

Capes are big news this season….as it’s the 70s look, and boho chic.

What’s new in bridesmaid for SS17? Well, it’s all about tea length tulle dresses, beautiful, bold brights and dress combos designed to help the maid of honour stand out from the crowd (without outdoing the bride, of course!).

Tea length tulle dresses, colourful brights and something different for the maid of honour.

Feel inspired? Head over to our Bridal Collection to take a look at the beautiful fabrics available in White, Ivory, Cream, Blush, Lemon, Mint, Pastel Blue and more….!

bridal fabric collage

What’s hot? Spots! 12.04.16

A question our sales team are often asked is what fabrics are popular right now? What have we noticed trending? There’s a very easy answer at the moment – we’re shipping thousands of metres of spot nets, mesh and tulles around the world! Demand is high and customers are taking advantage of the fact that we have great stocks of these fabrics available for next day delivery. This timeless look has always been a winner in Black and White but customers are asking for sky blue, navy, yellow, blush pink, mint, lilac…..all of which we’ve got!

fabrics with spots


SPRING/SUMMER 17 METALLICS – 17.11.16

We all know that metallics are on trend right now, but nobody knows it better than the world’s elite fashion designers. Take a look below for their take on the metallic trend.


Love Lace – 07.11.16

The latest SS17 collections to grace the catwalks seem to be firmly focused on one of our favourite fabrics – lace. Once again on trend, this fabric is one designers turn to again and again. Take a look:

alexander mcqueen love lace

Alexander McQueen

John Galliano love lace

John Galliano

valentino love lace

Valentino


Resort 2017 – Our favourite collection – 27.10.16

We love the Resort 2017 collection from Jason Wu. Beautiful laces in black and navy have been used to create elegant, feminine garments that are timeless and chic. Take a look:

jason wu resort collection 2017

Other collections we loved: Stella McCartney, Preen by Thorton Bregazzi, Proenza Shouler, Victoria Beckham and Mary Katrantzou.

2017 resort collections


Spring Summer 17 – Ready to wear – 23.09.16

Here’s our top 5 picks from the catwalks from the SS17 Ready To Wear collections. The focus seems to be on flowing, feminine fabrics in pastels and pretty florals, alongside black and white. There are splashes of lace, layers of chiffon and lots of ruffles and detailing. Take a look at the garments below.

spring summer collections 2017

L-R: Erdem, Giorgio Armani, Luisa Beccaria, Preen, Roberto Cavalli


Bridal News – 19.09.16

We’re always keeping our eye on the latest bridal collections and the latest offerings do not disappoint! As usual, lace features heavily, but we’re also seeing 3D flowers fixed to full skirts and flowing lines. We particularly love the Alfred Angelo ‘Elsa’ Disney princess wedding dress, below. Take a look at some of our favourite gowns from the 2017 season.

bridal gowns

L-R: Jenny Packham, Charlie Brear, David Fielden, Disney, Carolina Herrera


Cara Watch – 10.08.16

Is there a model out there who is more in demand that Cara Delevingne at the moment? No, we didn’t think so either! All eyes are always on this fashionista, especially as she makes the transition from model to actress and starts appearing on the red carpet for her movie premieres. We absolutely love Cara’s style, and what Cara seems to love is lace. Who are we to argue with this fashion queen? Here are some of our favourite Cara looks from recent events and shows.

Cara Delevingne


The Duchess of Cambridge: Her greatest hits – 16.06.16

Since Princess Diana, there hasn’t been someone who was capable of setting trends, turning heads and wowing the fashion crowds effortlessly……until Catherine Middleton, that is. Of course, she is now better known as The Duchess of Cambridge, future Queen and mother to third in line to the throne. She champions British Designers and often wears a dress that will then sell out worldwide within 24 hours. Kate is stylish, chic and adventurous with her fashion, but she also knows what suits her and tends to stick with what she knows. What could be more elegant and timeless than lace? This is one fabric that is definitely fit for a (future) queen. Here are our favourite looks.

duchess of cambridge

Our most favourite recent look however, has to be this stunning ensemble which she wore recently for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations. Ivory and nude colours are definitely on-trend this season, but then Kate doesn’t follow the trends – she sets them.

CFDA Fashion Awards 2016: Our top picks – 07.06.2016

Held on Monday 6th June 2016 in New York City, this annual event recognises the outstanding contributions made to American fashion by individuals from all areas of the industry. All of the top designers were out in force, along with models, muses, fashion editors and actors. Here are our top picks from the red carpet.

Models at CFDA Awards

L-R: Alexa Chung, Kirtsen Dunst, Martha Hunt, Erin Fetherston & Jessica Chastain in Leather, lace and monotone – with just a splash of bright colour.

This year, the men weren’t about to be outdone by the ladies and we have to say they were turned out very well…….although some of them did use arm candy to complete their looks!male models at cfda awards

L-R, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Joseph Altuzarra, Alexander Skarsgard and Tommy Hilfiger – suited, booted and stylish

Alexander Skarsgard is currently topping the polls as best dressed over at Vogue.com. Move over ladies!

To learn more about the CFDA Awards, click here.


Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet – 23.05.2016

The red carpet at Cannes is always extra glamorous as models and actresses pull out all the stops to outshine everyone else. This year was no exception, and there was a definite theme! Thigh high slit dresses in slinky bright red fabrics or shimmering metallics. Here are our top looks from this years red carpet. Eva Herzigova wins a special mention for bringing Marilyn Monroe old style Hollywood Glamour to the carpet.

cannes film festival


Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week – 28.04.2016

Our top picks from the catwalks at Barcelona’s beautiful bridal fashion week feature timeless lace, layers of soft, floaty tulle and transparent tulle.

The gowns are flowing, feminine and graceful. Take a look below.


Pantone name their colour of the year for 2016 – 12th April 2016

Pantone have introduced their colour of the year for 2016. In fact, there are two colours – beautiful complimentary shades called Rose Quartz and Serenity.

pantone serenity

This gorgeous blush pink and soft lilac/blue shade are sure to be a huge hit in bridal, bridesmaid, prom and occasionan wear. Here is some more information from Pantone about the shades, including technical details and complimentary shades.

rose quartz

serenity

colour palettes


Trend Alert: Rainbow Bridesmaids – 6th April 2016

rainbow bridesmaids

Long gone are the days when bridesmaids were forced into the most unflattering dress style and colour available (one shade does not suit all), in an effort to ensure they didn’t outshine the bride. These days, it’s all about gorgeous bridesmaids dresses that enhance and compliment the bride, creating a stunning bridal party. The latest trend consists of pastels in different shades. The bridesmaid colour does not have to be the same colour for all, but a complimentary palette that creates a soft, dreamy, look.

bridesmaids wearing rainbow colours

We have to say that this new trend is very easy on the eyes and it gives each bridesmaid the chance to select a colour that really suits them. Again, not sticking to one dress style offers a shape that will suit each bridesmaid. Even though the colours and styles are different, it still works. And it works really well.

rainbow bridesmaid dresses

Floaty, soft and lightweight fabrics seem to be heavily favoured. There’s a lot of versatility to be had when you select fabrics such as chiffons and jersey.

rainbow coloured bridesmaid dresses

Here are some of our gorgeous chiffons, all available in that sought after perfect pastel palette.

chiffons


Premiere Vision SS17 Colour inspiration – 18th March 2016

premiere vision colour inspiration


Valentino show – Paris Fashion week – 15th March 2016

Featuring nudes, pleated metallics and black tulle, the latest Valentino collection is understated, elegant and edgy.  Here are our top picks from all of the stunning looks:

Valentino Show - Paris Fashion Week

Look one – pleated metallics perfectly mixed with tailoring.
Look two – A nude jersey flowing dress – a refreshing change to form fitting dresses.
Look three – Transparent tulle is used to create a little drama!
Looks four & five – Black tulle and nets add body and shape to any outfit.


The Highlights: Balmain Fall 2016 Ready to Wear – Paris Fashion Week – 8th February 2016

balmain

The Fashion world’s finest were out in full force for the Balmain Paris Fashion Week show, with some of the hottest catwalk models walking Balmain’s designs. Kendall Jenner, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss all took to the runway to showcase the designers gorgeous creations. Lace dominated many of the looks on show and we’ve picked our favourite styles (above). Lace is definitely bang on trend right now.


Red Carpet Trends – The Academy Awards – 29th February 2016

red carpet at the oscars

Our top picks:

Jennifer Lawrence in Black Lace
Mara Rooney in White lace
Reece Witherspoon in Purple Satin
Saoirse Ronan in Metallic Green
Kate Winslet in Black High Shine


Premiere Vision Colour inspiration – 26th February 2016

premiere vision colour inspiration 2016


Jenny Packham 2016 Bridal report- 25th February 2016

This brand counts the Duchess of Cambridge, Helen Mirren, Cara Delevingne, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Kate Winslet, Adele and many more names as regular clients (The Duchess particularly favours this British brand). We’ve taken a look at Jenny Packham’s bridal collection for 2016 and the first thing you’ll see is that it’s decidedly vintage. Beautiful, loose, flowing gowns adorned with beads and beautiful neckline detailing make up this feminine, floaty, fairytale collection. Here’s a few of our favourite gowns – we particularly loved the mint green number!


Our top picks from London Fashion Week – 23rd February 2016

For a great round up of London Fashion week, you can view all the shows here on the official website. However, we’ve already taken a look and identified the trends for AW16 – have a look below.

Alexander McQueen – Featuring lots and lots of lace.

Erdem –  – Featuring even more lace – clearly another designer who knows exactly what fabric is going to be in demand this season!

Julien McDonald – Featuring Jersey, Sparkle Jersey, Metallics,  and Fishnet/Mesh.

Topshop – Featuring Leatherette, Lace, Velour and Chiffon.


SS17 Colour Trend predictions – 22nd February 2016

SS17 Colour Trend Predictions

It’s a varied palette this season! There are pastel shades, but also earthy tones such as bottle green, orange and charcoal. Apart from the odd splash of yellow, brights aren’t set to feature much this season; instead the tones are more muted and soft. Our favourites are the dusky pinks, lilacs and soft blues and greys – stylish, feminine and versatile.


Catwalk Report – 28th January 2016

Hot from the catwalks of Givenchy, Dior, Elie Saab and Armani comes SS16 couture, and we’re sensing  a theme! Lace, organza and sheer, soft fabrics come together to create feminine lines and a floaty, romantic look. Lace is especially dominant and along with featuring heavily in bridal collections, we can’t help but notice that once again – it’s bang on trend.

models on catwalk


Catwalk Trend Alert SS17 – 20th January 2016

We can’t help noticing that ruffles and layers are dominating the Spring/Summer fashion trends. We’re not sure if this is the 80s ra-ra skirts trying to make a come back or whether that bohemian, layered look is coming back with a vengeance. One thing we do know is that this look works wonderfully with chiffon, lace, tulles and satins. This leads the way for Gypsy skirts to be reborn this Summer! Stay tuned.

SS17 Catwalk Trend Alert


Bridal Trends – 15th January 2016

We adore these bridal gowns from Caroline Herrera. Romantic, flowing lines combine with timelessly elegant lace to create this chic collection. Style 1 reminds us of the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown and indicates that lace is going to be the key fabric in bridal this season.

Bridal Trends 2016

The latest offerings from Charlie Brear also feature lace heavily, but instead of traditional florals this collection uses geometric laces and vineleaf designs. The look is modern and edgy but ultimately it’s pretty and feminine. A difficult combo to pull off but Charlie Brear manages it beautifully.

bridal gown trends 2016


London Fashion Week Report – 25th September 2015

Chiffon is on trend right  now – whether it’s printed or plain, the look is romantic with soft pastel hues and flowing lines. Almost every collection featured chiffon in some way.

Chiffon - London Fashion Week Trend

Another trend to feature heavily during London Fashion week is the colour white. Tailored, with clean cut lines, this look is minimalist, modern and bang on trend.

London Fashion Week Trend - White

The Fashion world’s love affair with lace never really dies, and it look as though lace is ready for another surge in popularity, thanks to London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion week and the hot new trend of Victoriana Lace.


Spring/Summer 16 colour report – 11th September 2015

Cool Summer Colour Board

Purple, Mauve, lilac, lavender…whatever variation you want to call it, this colour is big news for SS16 which is good news as this is a shade that generally suits all skin tones and colouring.

models in purple

Along with the purples and lilacs, we’re seeing a host of complimentary colours such as dusky, vintage pinks and powder blue. We can also see some nude and natural colours, meaning that SS16 will easily co-ordinating and featuring pretty, feminine sorbet, fresh shades.

It’s not all pastels though! Bright pinks and yellows team with fresh greens and the colour tipped to be the hottest shade this coming season – red.

model wearing red


The latest from London Fashion Week June 2015 – our top 5 picks

Temperley London

Gorgeous geometric laces from Temperley

Christopher Kane

Bold Guipure from Christopher Kane

Gothic Look from Erdem

Gothic Guipure from Erdem

Chic navy lace top from Markus Lupfer

Show stopping red lace from Temperley


Premiere Vision Autumn/Winter 16-17 colour palette


Premiere Vision Autumn/Winter 16-17 Focalisation Summary

Premiere Vision Colour Highlights

Fall and Winter Colours