Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fashion: What's in and What's Not for Next Season; London Fashion Week Has Given Us a Glance of Next Season's New Trends, Here We Find out More

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fashion: What's in and What's Not for Next Season; London Fashion Week Has Given Us a Glance of Next Season's New Trends, Here We Find out More

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FROM Peaches Geldof's supermodel strut down the catwalk at PPQ, to Prince's impromptu performance at Matthew Williamson, London Fashion Week S/S 08 certainly lived up to expectations.

Sunderland's showman Gareth Pugh revved up his audience with an explosive collection of shock dom-inatrix clobber - a big crowd pleaser being a coat made of faux white mice.

The talking points of London Fashion Week didn't phase the likes of elegant American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, however, who tipped up at a few select front rows to inspect spring/summer's new offerings.

But you don't have to be a famous fashion guru to appreciate what next season has to offer on planet style.

Fashion week is a great way of predicting the trends you might be wearing in a few months' time, and of keeping an eye on some of Britain's hottest design talent.

From catwalk to high street, London Fashion Week certainly provided much fashion food for thought...

THE LOOKS

GRAB your swimming cap and gym bag, sports luxe was a key trend for S/S 08, from Louise Goldin's racer-back tunics and hoodies to Julien Macdonald's glammed-up versions of sporty classics. Cycling shorts optional! Sporty silk cagoules were also a common catwalk staple for S/S.

Not a fan of sporting life? Perhaps the preppy look fits your fashion bill. Think blazers, braces, shorts, and Harry Potter-style specs to top off the geek chic ensemble. Look to Luella and Paul Smith's shows for inspiration. Blazers featured heavily on many of the runways so get ahead of the fashion pack and bag one now.

The tough look from this season is sticking around for spring. Gareth Pugh's collection was made of black leather and patent, and features included big silver buckles and heavy fringing. Gavin Douglas put a summer twist on 'tough' with leather, belted waistcoats.

If you prefer a softer look, try out the utility safari styles, evident at Jasper Conran and Amanda Wakeley. Matthew Williamson even pared-down his patterned print tops with contrasting khaki safari shorts.

CATWALK COLOURS

SOAK up those bold primary colours for A/W because they're not sticking around for next season. …

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