This season's styles are a real mix, so whatever your age, size, shape or budget, you're certain to find something to suit you at The Mall. Here's a sneak peek at what you'll be seeing on the Bristol Fashion Week catwalk this spring...
If gingham brings back bad memories of primary school uniform it’s time for a rethink! After a style overhaul on the SS17 catwalks gingham is now enjoying a style resurgence as the cult print of the season. BFW’s very own Henry Holland spearheaded the way back in September with his sassy off-shoulder Spanish-influenced ruffle-layered dresses, floral embroidered bomber jackets, Bardot crop tops and matching kick flare trousers. From River Island to Hobbs and Topshop to Next it’s now everywhere on the High Street so show you’re in the know this season and get yourself ginghamed!
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In contrast to some of the more OTT trends this season which will inevitably be more transient, Minimalism revolves around solid, classic investment pieces you’ll wear time and time again. Minimalist fashion isn’t a new concept, ever since Phoebe Philo took over at Celine, her pared-back, timeless aesthetic has become a mainstay of the catwalks with designers updating the look with subtle adjustments each season. The SS17 take on the trend sees a new focus on pale pastel palettes with ultra-luxe fabrics and oversize lengths.
Bright block colours are a key trend to look out for this season. Balenciaga sent models down the catwalk wearing clashing brights, and not just a splash of colour, either, but juicy, punchy shades from head to toe. The high street has followed suit and you'll be able to find all of the colours of the rainbow in stores, from bright pink to sunshine yellow, hot coral and orange tones to jewel rich purples and greens. The only way to wear colour this season is to be brave and go all out....dare you invest in the hottest new hues?
Roberto Cavalli and Alberta Ferretti led the way on the Bohemia trend way back in September, and the high street has been quick to adopt this feminine, elegant trend. So what is it? Taking inspiration from Seventies cool with a touch of Eighties glam, the new Bohemia finds itself perfectly suited for SS17. Think embroidery, ruffles, floral prints and pops of colour - and the high street has matched the catwalks in abundance!
The last few seasons have seen the catwalks awash with denim and the trend showed no signs of abating for SS17. From Carolina Herrera to Red Valentino designers made denim the star fabric of their collections and the high street can't get enough. While jeans never go out of fashion, those in the know will be wearing their denim in shirt, jacket and even dress form this Spring. While some designers ventured in to denim as eveningwear the trend on the high street is resolutely informal with a focus on the contrast of light and dark, fraying, frills and volume.
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It's a trend that's been the focus of many fashion houses' collections for a couple of seasons now, and Athleisure - combining sporty fabrics and styling with wearable shapes - shows no signs of fading away. Sports inspired styling details adorned the catwalks at Sportmax and Dior with technical fabrics and go-faster stripes leading the fashion pack.
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Neutrals have gone hot for SS17! The cooler tones of last season have been replaced by an altogether earthier, spicier palette and the high street can't get enough! From chilli and saffron reds to honey and mustard yellows the high street is awash with the shades of the desert. Whether you’re a bohemian, minimalist or denim lover this trend spans them all!
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One trend that never goes away is the perennial stripe! From Burberry to Proenza Schouler (and everyone in between!) lines dominated the SS17 catwalks and the high street is right behind. Thick, thin, horizontal and variegated, this wearable trend comes in many forms this season but the vertical stripe is emerging as champion to set the look apart from the more nautical feel of last year.
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This is less of a trend and more a general movement in fashion towards a more individualistic way of dressing. Gone are the days of wearing a head-to-toe catwalk look, now it’s all about mixing and matching your pieces (whether designer, high street or vintage) in a new and original way. Spearheaded by the super-bloggers, keen to flex their fashion muscles and show their credentials, this new way of dressing allows creativity and imagination to shine. Unexpected layering and pairing, customising and accessorising are key so think outside the box and be brave- there’s no wrong moves here!
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The catwalks have been obsessed with all things 80's this season, from oversized ruffles at Gucci to gentle ruching and drapes at Celine. Where the top fashion houses lead, the high street will surely follow, and we have already seen power shoulders, cascading ruffles and extreme sleeves hitting the shops - a throwback to an era of fun and fabulous fashion. Don't reach for the leg warmers just yet though - the modern 80's look is cool, covetable and easy to wear.
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