London Fashion Week ended in February with Queen Elizabeth II attending one of the new generation of designer’s show. Burberry took a look back in time to the 1980s. Erdem Moralioglu, one of Kate Middleton’s favourite British designers, went further into the past to a flapper, showgirl-in-tweeds wardrobe. JW Anderston covered everything with the impact of his collaboration with Converse visible in chunky leather ankle boots.
Simone Rocha offered feminist femininity with pale golden flowered brocades, ribbon ties flowing from voluminous sleeves, lace and net dresses and swathes of netting to layer on top of tailoring, whilst Christopher Kane went for a skimpy red lace body dress. Richard Malone offered sweeping coats, swishy knit dresses, and flares whilst mixing checks and stripes.
All these styles have been worn by UK celebrities this year. Alexa Chung is one of the most copied style icons on the planet, which is why she has won the British Fashion Awards Style Icon Award three times. She now has her own label – AlexaChung, so we’ve got a chance to copy her trademark style which includes Peter-Pan collars, leopard print, Converse sneakers, miniskirts and simple jumpers.
Holly is on television every weekday and whilst we all loved her four-figure sterling rainbow Ashish dress last year, her day-to-day wardrobe is the best of British with L.K.Bennett leather culottes, a dress from Warehouse or Whistles, a great cashmere jumper from John Lewis, and regular purchases from Warehouse, Topshop, Hobbs, Office, Next, Warehouse and Russell & Bromley.
The biggest trend of the last year has been checks and 2018 is the year to move on from the greys of 2017 and play with colour. VB wore a lilac and burgundy checked shirt tucked into a matching midi skirt matched with burgundy leather heel boots. If you’re not into it, you might think it looks like a tablecloth, but we like it. Zara has grabbed the colourful check trend where you can find a fashionable and affordable shirt.
The 2018 Met Gala in New York didn’t disappoint when it came to the British celebrities showing the others how fashion should be done. The event is a fundraiser in honour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. It is for this reason that celebrities walk the red carpet dressed to impress. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley took the angelic theme seriously in an amazing ethereal gown by Ralph Lauren, natural-look make up and a golden halo in her hair. She looked divine.
British model Winnie Harlow looked fabulous in a white gown by Tommy Hilfiger – topped off with a statement headpiece. Winnie is someone we all want as a friend. Her life living with vitiligo has been a challenge she has faced bravely and she was deservedly presented with the ‘Role Model’ award in Portugal in 2015.
Model Adwoa Aboah has completed part three of her Burberry portfolio series. First she was in New York and London, this time she was in Ghana to celebrate her West African heritage. Aboah embraces all three as being part of her life. In one of the photographs, Aboah poses with her gran, aunt, great-aunt and cousin. And they’re all wearing vintage Burberry check.
A floral midi dress for summer city dressing was the clothing choice for Meghan at a Invictus Games event in London at the end of April. A floral green pleated midi dress by Self-Portrait, famous for its sculpted lace dresses, but this season reworking the classic tea dress. Meghan’s got a modern approach to traditional royal dressing because although the length fits the rules, the neckline is a fashion-forward off-the-shoulder neckline. Green midis are a hit in the high street stores and are selling out fast.
Going retro was taken to a new level at the Cannes Film Festival when Cate Blanchett, this year’s chair of the jury, recycled a Georgio Armani Privé black lace gown she first wore to The Golden Globes in 2014.
Attending the Met Gala evening for the first time since 2009, the sensation that is Kate Moss, looked stylish in a little black dress by Saint Laurent, but it was decidedly tame in comparison to some of the other outfits.
Co-chair of the Met Gala evening, Amal Clooney looked chic in a gown teamed with satin trousers that was created by British designer Richard Quinn – whose catwalk show was graced by the Queen at London fashion week in February.