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LFW - Bethanie Lunn Reports

Our Resident Fashion and Beauty Expert, Bethanie Lunn headed down to London Fashion Week over the weekend and came back with a full report on key trends for next season, while her LFW Reporter and Fabulette Hazel Page snapped street style for The Modern Girl’s Guide. Together, they show us what we should be wearing to stay ahead of the fashion pack. Feast your eyes on the bold and the beautiful trends spotted at Somerset House during #LFW...

Worn head-to-toe or with subtle pops of colour, the monochrome trend stood out against the riot of colour and texture. TOP TIP: This is a key trend for SS13 and looks set to stay for next season too. Bring up to date for autumn with a splash of red.

Leather is big for SS13 and will still be big news in autumn/winter. Donna Karen featured layered leather and draping in her NYFW AW13 show while Phillip Lim used fabric patches on coats and jeans, over the knee slouchy leather boots, and boxy over-sized coats. Team leather with softer fabrics like fur and shearling.

Metallic Elements
Flashes of bright metallic elements peppered the crowds, for the most part as oversized clutch bags or fabulous footwear. TOP TIP: Fabric gets a daring side for spring/summer with high-sheen, glossy and iridescent textures and two-tone shades decorating clothing while unexpected fabrics such as leather, snakeskin, high sheen and patent for the warmer months feature in the form of tassel detailing, biker jackets and shoes.

Colour Blocking
Colour blocking was a popular choice, with clashing colours brought together effortlessly with clean tailored lines and simple shapes. TOP TIP: Phillip Lim favoured colour blocking at NYFW. Colour will translate to the autumn/winter beauty regime too with glossy, fruit stained lips. Wear with big curls for a 70s look that will be bang on trend.

Beanie Hats
It just goes to show that no matter what negative connotations an item may have, fashionistas will find a way to make it super stylish. Beanies were worn in all colours, teamed with clean cut lines and bold shapes.

A particular favourite of mine, studded footwear was everywhere - heels and flats alike.

The colour, the excitement and the buzz was infectious. The individual style on display was second to none and covered the entire style spectrum - from super sleek to fun and funky, and everything in between – what Britain in terms of the style stakes is known for. Keep up the good work ladies!

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