What’s hot to trot this Spring/Summer

We take a look at trends from the recent shows already be sneaking onto high streets in the UK

Everyone is still a bit exhausted from London Fashion Week. Ripping through the capital earlier this month, it was a frenzy of colour, pattern and shape this year, with full skirts, iridescent materials and patent/PVC materials all combining to create a truly dazzling (and sometimes eye-piercing) collection of new ideas.

So often we get carried away with those huge shapes and daring materials at Christopher Kane, or the new day-glo prim and proper with Jonathan Saunders, and forget to focus on the little details.

Hands, feet, necks, fingers: what was happening on the accessories side? As is often the case, when it comes to translating the Fashion Week favourites to the high street, it’s worth looking to retailers like Next who manage to incorporate subtle, wearable trends into there most-loved items, from bangles to knitwear to wedges shoes.


Nude T-bar platform court shoe from Next

Indeed, wedges continue their dominance of fashion circles. As well as the chunky heel and t-bar shoe (a 1920s influence which has been seen in the return of drop waists, light pastels and Great Gatsby-esque embellishment, no doubt in anticipation of the upcoming film), wedges for spring and summer are the main player.

We saw yellow all over the London catwalks – another citrus shade to add to the orange of the New York designers a week previously. Easily worn in a softer shade, yellow bows and details are excellent for shoes. If you don’t want to go for a full dress or skirt, a softer yellow cotton wedge, or a playful patent bright yellow, will add a necessary summer spark.

Secondly, the new sport. Sports-influenced ideas have been slowly flooding designer collections in the run up to the Olympic Games in London this July and August. Think bold colour blocking, bright stripes and panels – on your shoes as well as your accessories and tops.

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