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By Lara Hillcoat 

Womenswear SS15: What’s Hot
The fashion weeks are upon us. The after parties are in full swing, the photographers armed with their cameras, the makeup artists with their many tools and the fashion army, well, on fire. The season started with a bang in New York City from September the 4th, and since, Instagram has blown up with photos and videos from the likes of London (#LFW), Milan (#MFW), and, of course, the one and only #Paris. Here’s a look at just some of the key trends that have occurred throughout the season.
All black/all white
You might be surprised to hear that black is back. Or not, it seems, as it’s never really been anything but a trend. As usual, the fashion world devoured the opportunity to dress up in their favourite shade. (On a street style note, even Kim and Kanye’s North West was seen rocking all black.) Balenciaga, a notable patron of this trend, presented minimalistic looks and strong silhouettes, as well as embodying another of the incredibly important SS15 trends: white-out. Alexander Wang jumped on the trend with a small selection of white dresses, and other contributors included Jill Stuart, Juan Carlos Obando, Tibi, and coach, among many others. A breath of fresh air, this trend will most definitely stand the test of time.
Sportswear was a running theme through Topshop Unique’s collection, with a queue of cutesy models wearing simple and clean cutPaco Rabanne took it to the next level with yoga crops layered over simple tops, where smooth curves were key, and Proenza Schouler stripped the look of its laid back, casual aspect and instead turned it into pure sophistication and glamour, combining sportswear with formal suit.
Daughter to the sportswear trend, mesh also became popular. Mesh cut outs, seen in Preen’s swimsuit style bodysuits and Jonathan Simkhai’s feminine pieces, provided an incredibly chic way to, essentially, hold shapes and fabrics together. Both Alexander Wang and Maison Martin Margiela also embraced the mesh craze.
Antipodium featured a subtle androgyny in their SS15 collection, mixing it up with pastels and feminine shapes, while in contrast, hints of neons and chunky sandals gave the looks a shocking twist. Vetements, a Parisian house, stuck to their signature simplicity, with thigh high boots, leather jackets and asymmetric cuts. Jill Sander’s collection saw androgynous schoolgirls in a peculiar graphic print. Slick, simple and (seemingly) effortless, SS15’s androgyny was spot on.
“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”
It would almost be a disappointment not to see florals return for spring. Fortunately, they’re still going strong. In SS15, they were were bold and exciting. At Diane Von Furstenberg, loud and graphic floral prints were paired with clashing monochrome gingham, as well as being embedded into crochet designs and light, floaty dresses. Meanwhile, Marni exhibited an extravagant collection of full, textured florals with lavish embellishments, the kind of clothes you’d find in the fashion world’s answer to a children’s touch and feel book. Even the jungle crept into the collection. To compliment their florals, Marni opened a flower market in a garden in Milan, which went down an absolute treat with the public.
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