AUTUMN / WINTER 2015 TRENDS - PART 1 of 6



Get ahead of the crowd with a quick read lowdown on 6 of the hottest trends coming our way this Autumn / Winter 2015, starting with the ‘magpie’ trend!

- Magpie -

For winter, more is more (in the ‘keeping warm’ sense not the glitz and glamour sense!) Everything mixed and matched goes. Think diverse and free-spirited. Thick chunky materials piled on top of layered, textured pieces, and all in various prints and colours. This funky trend was spotted on the catwalks with the likes of Alessandro Michele at Gucci and John Galliano at Maison Margiela.



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- The Gothic girl -

Moving over to the dark side is going to be easier done than ever before with this trend. Head-to-toe black looks were seen from designers in London, Milan and Paris.
From Thom Browne's funereal finery to Sarah Burton's brand of Victoriana at Alexander McQueen.

This look all started from Alexander Wang’s visionary in the early days of New York fashion week.

Personally, I think this trend is great in the sense that you can choose how dark to go with your look. You can even romance it up with chiffon, ruffles and frills in black - it really is all about how you play with it.



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- Eternal Boho -

You’ll probably remember bohemian inspired looks earlier this year as one of spring’s key looks. For A/W, all things 70’s inspired is back in a big way.

Delicate gowns, trendy flares, sheer tops and really a mix of bohemian inspired prints from all around the world will form this trend.

Burberry Prorsum and Lanvin lead the way on the catwalks. Peace and love is still in the air!



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- The 21st Century A-Line -

A-Line but with a modern edge. Think layered turtlenecks and sweet printed blouses like those at Carven, or with a boxy topper as seen at Louis Vuitton from Nicolas Ghesquière - one of the shape's early champions.



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- The Stylish Nun -

Minimalism may be going downstream but there will always be a market for those who prefer understated looks; cool, covered-up, low key and unassuming. Without excess prints, embellishments or colour.

Designers who gave a nod in this direction included Christophe Lemaire and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen who definitely know a thing or two about creating reserved pieces to bold effect.



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- The Lolita -

Whilst this trend may certainly not be for everyone, A/W’s feminine charm was shone upon in baby-doll dresses, both sweet and even a little sexed-up.

Intriguing was Miuccia Prada with her candy-coloured parade at Prada, but the catwalks were full of this trend from Erdem to Chanel's Brasserie Gabrielle.

By Anna Riad - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.



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THE NEW POLKA DOT TREND FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2015



When you think of summer and think of fashion trends, one trend that springs to mind pretty much instantly is the classic polka dots. When it’s warm and sunny they trend to come out in one form or another! Usually in small and cute ditsy spots - but not this time. This season gives a nod to big and bold polka dots and even those in sporadically spaced prints.

Traditional polka dots have been flawlessly shaped to perfection; little monochrome spots, equally spaced. Yawn! Its time to tick that out of the window and welcome a far more interesting breed! These dots are mammoth sized, colourful and pretty much all over the place.

Marc by Marc Jacobs lead the way on the catwalks, as did Roksanda and Stella Jean.

Personally, I cant wait to play on a little imagination with this trend and my next wardrobe item!

By Anna Riad - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.



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THE RED CARPET SHOE - THE JIMMY CHOO 'MINNY'



For years when you thought of celebrities and high heel shoes there was one brand that immediately came to mind - Christian Louboutin and his infamous royal red sole. His shoes were always worn on the red carpet without fail.

That said, it looks like Christian Louboutin has involuntarily taken a step back because this season, and in particular in the week that Cannes kicks off, another shoe brand has taken limelight.

With a shoe height measuring 4.5 inches, a stick skinny heel and two thin straps,
the Jimmy Choo ‘Minny’ has taken centre stage. It’s a “barely there” type of shoe rather than a kick ass kind of stiletto – probably better described as a sandal.

As Cannes starts this week this new shoe on the block is a top contender to become the shoe of the red carpet this year.

Just about seen below the long gowns on the red carpet at the Golden Globes and the Oscars, this shoe is the most popular design worn by celebrities from Jimmy Choo’s range.

Take the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Charlize Theron and Lily James as just some of the celebrities who have worn the Minny several times!

This is the type of heel that will look classic and timeless for years to come. However if your thinking to get your hands on a pair then think again as the Minny is exclusively made for the red carpet only!

Jimmy Choo does make a version for the likes of the rest of us - the Daisy, priced at £695 and available from July 2015.

By Anna Riad - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.



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AN OVERNIGHT TREND - DIOR SO REAL SUNGLASSES



So how did Dior’s ‘Dior So Real’ sunglasses became a street-style sensation? We can thank Rihanna for that!

During the 2014 A/W shows, Rihanna’s first true show season tour de force, the songstress was spotted at the Dior presentation in Paris. She stunned us all having arrived in a slipdress together with thigh high stockings, a red fur coat, blinged out diamond jewellery and of course crimson red lipstick. This look took the internet by storm overnight but surprisingly it was another item that caught peoples attention – her Dior So Real mirrored sunglasses which completed her look! The reflective and bridgeless specs became a sudden sensation with everyone from her fans to fashion followers, bloggers and even Editors buying them in follow suit.

Even now the style is still one of Dior’s most popular sellers and stocked worldwide in an array of colours.

Plus they have even made it over to men’s fashion with Swizz Beatz having been spotted in a pair recently!

By Misha Brown - Fashion Blogger for A-SHU.CO.UK.



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OMG SHE HAS GREYS VS OOH AAH SHE HAS GREYS!



Granny style grey hair colour is the hottest beauty trend for Spring/Summer 2015 – would you dare to bare all and go grey?

Seen endlessly as the latest style captured on Instagram, we’ve enjoyed seeing women from all over getting in on the silver band wagon!

For far too long, grey hair on women has been seen as a faux pas, a sign that she is letting herself go. Its stimulating to see a trend that goes against the norm so boldly. One that shouts that not only youthful looks can be just as beautiful!

Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier was the star of bringing granny glam into fashion back in 2011 when the models at his Autumn/Winter show strutted the catwalks with their hair coiffured into unusual grey beehives. Following on from this Kate Moss sported silver hair and now the list is endless with everyone from Rihanna to Nicole Richie have been experimenting with the look.

By Molly Edwards - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.



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