Spring Summer Trend Inspiration from Julien Macdonald at London Fashion Weekend

Posted by Cassiefairy Oxfam Fashion blogger

6th Mar 2014

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Today I am sharing an exclusive look at womenswear fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2014 because I was lucky enough to be invited to attend London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House in London. I took hundreds of photographs during the day in order to document the hottest trends at fashion week and I wanted to share these with you so that you could get a flavour of the must-have looks for this season and next.

The hottest ticket at London Fashion Weekend was to super-star designer Julien Macdonald's runway show and I managed to sweet-talk myself into getting a ticket at the last minute - so you can imagine my excitement as I took my seat to watch the super-glamorous designs waltzing down the catwalk

The runway show featured an abundance of crystals and sequins and each of the designs followed the new season's metallic trend. The stunning outfits were created in gold, pewter, silver and metallic black for a super-sparkly shimmer and we will certainly be seeing these metallic tones reproduced in stores for Spring and Summer 2014. Keep an eye out for sequins and beading when you're hunting through Oxfam Online but if you don't want to go for the all-over metallic look, you can simply add a few diamantés in your jewellery or choose a metallic shoe or handbag to follow the trend without being a slave to fashion!

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Interestingly, the Julien Macdonald dresses were either skin-tight or loose and floating, using stretch lace and chiffon in equal measures, so you can take your pick of which look to follow this season. I would suggest the skin-tight lace and sequins are best suited to evening wear and the flowing chiffon would be better for keeping cool on hot summer days. When you're checking out the clothing in your local charity shop look for embellished fabrics, lace dresses and anything floaty - you'll be able to wear it all summer-long and look fabulous!

Another feature of the designer runway show was soft pastel colours. Traditionally we usually see more pale shades during Spring and Summer and the Julien Macdonald dresses also featured pastel green, pale grey, sofa lilac and nude shades alongside the bold black and metallic block colours. The delicate shades looked fresh and are an easier way to introduce the new season's trends into your everyday wardrobe.

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After my visit to London Fashion Weekend, I was going for my usual rummage around the charity shops in the nearby town when a chiffon top jumped out at me. I was actually having a rather half-hearted flick through the clothes and wasn't really looking at anything in particular - this top was the only one that I'd picked up off the rail - and lo and behold! it was a Star by Julien Macdonald shirt. How could I resist it? 

I tried it on and decided that the larger-than-my-usual size gave it a funky, floaty style like the chiffon dresses on the catwalk, plus I assumed that it was supposed to be oversized thanks to the dipped back hem. Even though Julien wasn't highlighting animal print on the catwalk, the black and gold tones follow the trends and I'm going to wear it with a blazer to give it more shape - if I ever find a suitable place or occasion to wear it!

Here's my new Star! By Julien Macdonald top:

In reality I bought it not knowing whether I'd ever wear it but just being so happy that I'd got a piece of clothing that would always remind me of the time I was invited to London Fashion Weekend. And I'm sure that Julien would be pleased that I'm recycling one of his pieces for Debenhams. Maybe one day I'll own one of the catwalk pieces, who knows what the future will bring? But in the meantime I'm happy to know that (thanks to Julien Macdonald) I'm a 'star'! Have you found anything special in your local charity shops recently? Let us know in the comments section below or tweet us at @OxfamFashion we'd love to hear from you!

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