To welcome in the Spring Summer season, the Highcross shopping centre in Leicester put on a Spring Fashion Fix yesterday (17th April). The event featured the best of what the brands inside the shopping centre had to offer to update your wardrobe for the spring and summer collection.
Unlike the Autumn fashion fix which the Highcross team put together back in October last year, yesterday’s event was more playful and interactive showing how easy it is to glam up an everyday outfit with a few simple items and accessories. As well as the fashion show, there were colour consultations, beauty and massage treatments.
The show itself was split into five different trends which have trickled down from the high end fashion houses such as Dior, Celine, D&G and Victoria Beckham. The trends for both men and women this S/S include Pretty things, Monochrome and Colour Palette. Check out our article which was published on Wednesday featuring key pieces from this trend.
During the show there were two models Lisa and April who started off in the staple spring summer colour white and added/changed pieces to transition into the different trends. This was a clever way to illustrate how easily it is to change a look with only a few additions.
The first trend which was featured was Pretty Things, which featured soft and feminine pastels and florals patterns.
The first look which was worn by model Lisa featured a Ted Baker beaded cropped jacket (available at John Lewis), a John Lewis sorbet cotton scarf, Ted baker peppermint tote bag and statement duck egg blue sunglasses from Simply be. The overall look was simple and elegant which is perfect for the up and coming summer weddings or a day out with family and friends during the Easter weekend in particular.
The second look which captured Demon fashions eye was the outfit worn by April. The Powder pink tweet crop jacket, English rose statement necklace and dolly pink twin handle bag are all available from one of our favourite brands River Island, with the multi floral open toe shoes are from Faith at Debenhams. If you are not confident enough in wearing floral patterned tops, dresses or trousers then this look is perfect for you as it eases you into the floral trend with the floral open toe shoes and the statement floral necklace from RI.
The show was not just female fashion focussed, as one model Scott wore some statement pieces which can easily be pictured in any student male wardrobe. His first outfit was all form Reiss, the upper high street brand which knows how to dress the more dapper and fashion conscious gent. The look fitted the trend perfectly with its soft pastel tones which are a big trend for men’s fashion this season.
For the more sporty women out there this trend combines the best of sport wear with high end fashion. One of the statement pieces featured from this trend was the Ted Baker contrasting black and white t-shirt which can easily be transitioned into the monochrome trend. The next statement piece again worn by Lisa was the New Look black and white graffiti-print tunic, adding boldness yet a bit of playfulness to your wardrobe.
Though the sun is out it is still rather chilly at times, so this black chiffon jump suit from Reiss is the perfect daytime outfit when matched with a block coloured jacket, tote and trainers.
For the men Scott again wore an outfit from Reiss, with his statement red shoes from “Ask the Missus” at Office. The look again was soft and summery with my favourite element being the shoes adding a pop of colour to an overall simple yet tailored sporty look.
Following on from the tribal trend which was featured heavily last in Autumn/Winter of last year, comes Going Global. The statement pieces from his trend included the RI black and white tribal jacket, which can easily be transitioned into your spring summer wardrobe for those days when the sun is hiding behind the clouds. Another way to inject some tribal patterns into your spring/summer wardrobe is from New Look’s red and orange paisley print trousers and tribal quilted jacket.
If you want to ease yourself into this trend then look no further than the stone and navy embellished tribal crop jacket from Mango. When paired with a pair of cigarette trousers and a plain block coloured top it will instantly update your look.
The next outfit for the men is perhaps one of my favourites, possibly because it is from River Island. For men it is tricky to find a jacket which is cool enough for the warmer weather yet will still provide some warmth and protection from those windy days. However River Island have this great versatile Khaki green trench which is a must this season. Underneath the outerwear piece was a printed tribal shirt which can either be worn on a night out with a pair of skinny jeans or matched with a pair of shorts for a spring/summer day out.
The penultimate trend is one which has stuck around for the past couple of seasons and it is not going anywhere soon. The Monochrome trend is simple and timeless, especially if you are afraid of colour. The black and white illusion bodycon dress from Lipsy captures the trend perfectly balancing the right amount of black and white. The dress is more of a going out dress which would be perfect for the end of year celebrations for us students in a couple of weeks.
If you do like the monochrome trend yet still want to inject some colour into your look then the Jonathon Saunders matching jacket and skirt from Debenhams is for you.
A black suit is the staple menswear item every man should have in his wardrobe. This one worn by Scott on the catwalk is from TM Lewin. The polka dot shirt and pocket square adds personality and playfulness to formal wear.
The last trend featured was Colour Palette, which is the biggest trend for this Spring Summer season. The Spring season is all about colour, so why not inject some into your outfits. The first statement piece from the trend is the green Leather biker jacket from River Island, which instantly adds a pop of colour to your outfit.
The next statement piece from the trend is a cobalt blue box jacket from Debenhams which can easily be worn over a floral dress or a simple tee and jeans combo to add some colour to either a formal or casual look. Next up is a fuchsia pink strap skater dress from River Island, which is bang on trend and will definitely have you standing out from the crowd.
Finally for the men comes an outfit from Luke 1977, which caters for the more sporty man. The bomber jacket is a key piece for male outerwear this season, and this one from Luke in bright red is a perfect way to stay on trend whilst adding a pop of colour to your outfit.
So there you have the Highcross Spring Fashion fix low down. What trend/ pieces will you be wearing this Spring/summer?