Collaboration with Emma Perry: SS15 Trends

I’ve been wanting to collaborate with my friend Emma for the longest time. She’s an awesome illustrator – and I had my fingers crossed she’d create a few drawings for one of my posts. You must all be bored of seeing my mug, right? Well, luckily for me, Emma agreed to illustrate my Spring/Summer trend report! We’ve cherry picked our very favourite SS15 trends for you – enjoy!

Feelin’ Blue?

L-R: Elie Saab, Bibhu Mohapatra, Elie Saab

Although I don’t believe in saying “this is the colour of the season”, as every season comes with a handful of diverse colour palettes you can pick and choose from, blue does reign supreme this Spring. It’s absolutely everywhere! 

Whether you’re into power dressing with a cobalt, playing Princess in dainty baby blue, donning a utilitarian denim or a being quirky in cutesy aqua, I can guarantee it’ll work its way into your wardrobe. But hey, who doesn’t like blue?

 I love Elie Saab’s glitzy navy playsuit and the stunning ice-blue Bibhu Mohapatra dress – I wish I was a Hollywood A-lister, purely so I could wear this to the Oscars. 

Floral Display

L-R: Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Kate Spade
As Miranda Priestly once said: “Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking”. But this season, pay attention, because there are two floral tribes battling for your affections. 
 In one corner we have Michael Kors, Kate Spade and Victoria Beckham splashing around large floral motifs – all with a very bright, retro feel to them. In the other corner, Oscar de la Renta, Delpozo, Marchesa and Chanel have been creating dresses fit for fairytale Princesses; gorgeous gowns embellished with tiny pastel flowers and jewels. Utterly dreamy! 
Although I am slightly more excited by the idea of looking like a flowery Princess, I won’t be splitting hairs. I’ll be donning splashy floral two pieces and flower studded gowns. Just to be on the safe side! 

 Seventies Sweetheart

L-R: Tommy Hilfiger, Maison Margiela, Elie Saab
The Seventies was a major theme this season. If I’m honest, I used to see this decade as a bit of a barren wasteland for fashion – peppered with the Farrah Fawcett hair flick, jumpsuits and bell-bottoms. A quiet time before the scary shoulder pads and perms of Eighties took over. But when I discovered a few Seventies babes like Debbie Harry, Faye Dunaway and Jane Fonda, I changed my mind. 
 I’m clearly not alone. This season, designers have hand-picked a few key pieces from this decade that will have everyone channelling their inner Seventies Goddess. The must-have piece this season comes courtesy of the 70s- the denim shirt-dress! It’s uber versatile and you can channel Ms Alexa Chung herself (always a plus in my book). I love the oversized Maison Margiela one Emmy drew. Obviously when I comes to buying, it’ll be a New Look or Miss Selfridge creation for me!
 Floaty dresses, playsuits, flared jeans, floppy hats, sheer fabrics and muted colour palettes will certainly be everywhere in a couple of months. Embrace your inner hippy chic now!  

 Forget Minis, We Love Midis!

L-R: Timo Weiland, Donna Karan, Michael Kors 
Forget the mini skirt, SS15 is all about the midi skirt. Personally I’m pretty excited about this – any excuse to recreate the classic beauty of my favourite Fifties sirens! This season will be all about feminine, a-line shapes, sprinkled with beautiful florals and nipped in with pretty belts.
 I’m drooling over the slightly sheer, floral, blue Michael Kors midi (far right picture), which was worn over a crisp white t-shirt with a thick belt. It’s giving me serious Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday/ Grace Kelly vibes. Delicious. 

There’s more…

This is just four trends of many. We haven’t even started on gingham, wide legged trousers, utility chic, suede, layers, tulle, leather, off the shoulder tops, Roman sandals… but we’ll leave it here for now. Let’s just say, SS15 should be pretty exciting! 
 A huge thanks to the wonderful Emma for her gorgeous illustrations. You can check out more of her work on Emma Perry Illustrations. I’m crossing my fingers you’ll see more of her on here in the future!  
Have a brilliant week! x

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