Trade alert: The biggest trends from London Fashion Week
If you regularly read these pages, you'll know that we have been closely following the latest news from the world's fashion weeks, which concluded recently and proved to be a delight for fashion fans.
Last week, we took an in-depth look at New York Fashion Week and the biggest looks to strut down those Manhattan runways. This time, we're going to zoom in on London Fashion Week and help you narrow down the hottest styles paraded there.
Even the Queen got involved with LFW, sitting next to Vogue's Anna Wintour so she could catch up with what's fresh for AW18-19.
Of course, jewellery buyers will be busy organising SS18, but it's always fun to look ahead - and if you swot up on what's coming for the latter part of this year, you'll be well ahead of the crowds when it comes to adding stock to your repertoire.
Here are our recommendations for LFW's top trends.
1. Winter bohemia
If you love eccentricity, then this is the look for you. It was all about mixed fabrics and textures, from brocade and plaid to lace and marabou. Layer dresses, camisoles and other items up for warmth, then add a cosy cardigan for that owner-of-a-stately-home feel. Browns, oranges and mustards are key here, but feel free to clash them with purples and pinks for a modern update. And you could always carry a blanket around with you, as many of the models did.
Accessories should also be an eclectic mix, like this necklace with its tassels, coins and different straps. It definitely falls into the quirky jewellery category, and we love it.
2. Rainbow brights
Autumn and winter usually involve lots of muted, deep colours - but not this year. Instead, fashion was bright and bold, including greens, purples and dark pinks. The overall look was really optimistic and it'll be a nice change from the norm to see people walking the streets looking like Rainbow Brite from our childhood.
Don't forget bright jewellery, with something like this necklace in bold turquoise and our green bracelet ideal alongside bolder clothing.
3. Back to the 1980s
We don't know what it is about the 80s, but fashion regularly gravitates back there for inspiration - and it was no different for AW18-19. There were broad shoulders, metallics, full trousers and puffy sleeves galore on the catwalks, meaning we'll be imitating them very soon.
However, colours tended more towards jewel tones of pink and purple than bubblegum and Barbie, making everything more user-friendly. There were still white boots, though.
For a really 80s feel, jewellery buyers might want to stock up on items like this beaded necklace, which will complement white footwear thanks to its fastener. We also like these white studs - just like our mums used to wear!
4. Shimmer and shine
Another big look for LFW was sparkle, with so many looks showing off diamantes and sequins. Temperley, Erdem and Emilia Wickstead all dazzled the Front Row, with plenty of tops as well as dresses getting the sparkly treatment.
This is one look we definitely approve of, as you can never have too much sparkly jewellery. Try this diamante necklace with an extendable fastener alongside little black dresses, alongside these chandelier earrings for maximum impact.
5. Bold stripes
Finally, there was quite a surprising trend on show in London in the form of wide, deckchair-like stripes. These are more synonymous with summer than autumn and winter, but the powers that be have all decided that we all need a little cheer in our lives, apparently. Try your stripes in thicker fabrics such as jersey and team them with block colours to break things up - a stripy skirt in cobalt and grey would look great with a black polo neck, for instance.