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3 BIG SUMMER TRENDS

Last week was officially the first day of the British ‘summertime’ (for you international readers out there, I’m putting ‘summertime’ in inverted commas as it’s still super grey and rainy. Everybody here knows the sun only comes out 1 day a year in the UK. Specifically August 7th at approximately 2pm, so be ready) which means summer trends are in full swing now. If you don’t enjoy having to keep up-to-date with what’s in, let me break it down for you. Here are 3 huge trends for summer ’16 (also, I hope you enjoy my punny titles. They took me longer to think of than I’d like to admit to):

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TREND 1

The Rise of the Platform:

Platform heels began to make a comeback last year, but this summer is all about the flat platform (‘flatforms’, if you will). From Stella McCartney’s pristine brogue, the black and embellished sandals sent down the runways of Burberry and Louis Vuitton, or the LED clompers at Chanel SS16, there really is a look here for everyone. And hey, get the height of a heel without the blisters!
061614_tommy_ton_menswear_fashion_week_street_style_slide_052(above) Street style at tommyton.com
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HIGH-END

(above, left-right) Chanel, tweed sandals at chanel.com; Burberry, chain-embellished sport sandals, £250 at burberry.com; Stella McCartney, silver Elyse shoes, £575 at stellamccartney.com; Louis Vuitton, £990 at louisvuitton.com

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HIGH-STREET

(above, left-right) Zara, fringed flat shoe, £25.99 at zara.com; Dolls Kill, angelic lala platform sneaker, £54.60 at dollskill.com; Kurt Geiger, maxi flatform, £120 at kurtgeiger.com; Topshop, double buckle flatform sandle, £49 at topshop.com
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TREND 2

Flight jackets take off

Satin finishes with big, floral prints at the 70s revival Gucci SS16 show, leopard at Saint Laurent’s Paris catwalk and short styles at Tommy Hilfiger, bomber jackets are becoming a big thing. Street stylers have also jumped on this trend because this lighter, slouchy jacket option can give any outfit that oh-so-coveted cool factor. Great for summer.
holding-satin-bomber(above) Street style satin bomber jacket by vogue.com

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HIGH-END

(above left-right) Gucci, rose pink silk bomber, £2,210 at gucci.com; YSL, oversized teddy jacket, £1,250 £750 at ysl.com; Anna Sui, embellished cotton-blend bomber, £1,130 at net-a-porter.com; Vetements, mini hooded bomber jacket, £1,260 at matchesfashion,com

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HIGH-STREET

(above, left-right) Zara, lace bomber jacket, £49.99 at zara.com; Topshop, pink camo MA1 bomber jacket, £59 at topshop.com; Scotch & Soda, tropical bomber jacket, £114.95 £69 at scotch-soda.com; Alpha Industries NASA MA1, £145.50 at urbanoutfitters.com

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TREND 3

The backpack comeback

First came the sneaker trend that is still going strong (thank goodness), and now? The humble backpack returns. From designers to high street covering the trend in every colour, shape, size and style, comfort is cool and I couldn’t be happier. Make it mini to be right on trend.
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(above) Miroslava Duma, Russian Vogue editor, in Chanel’s quilted backpack
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HIGH-END

(above, left-right) Chanel, black calfskin backpack at chanel.com; Louis Vuitton, 8.7 inches tall Palm Springs backpack, £995 at louisvuitton.com; Fendi, mini monster backpack, £1,360 at fendi.com; Moschino, IT’S LIT burned backpack, £393 at moschino.com
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HIGH-STREET

(above, left-right) Fjallraven Kanken, classic black backpack, £67 at urbanoutfitters.com; COS, unstructured leather backpack, £125 at cosstores.com; Whistles, mini verity backpack, £180 £140 at whistles.com; Adidas, trefoil backpack, £22 at topshop.com

 


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