Five style lessons from fashion week to get ahead of the trends
Fashion week attendees are ahead of the trends. Katie Wright finds the coolest threads from around the shows
The seasonal fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan, Paris and, indeed, Belfast, are a prime opportunity for people-watching as attendees put on their trendiest threads in a bid to get snapped by the hordes of photographers who wait outside the venues.
Street style photography has boomed in recent years. There are more than 63 million posts under the hashtag #streetstyle on Instagram and snappers like Scott Schuman, aka The Sartorialist, who has a million-plus followers, have become stars in their own right in the fashion world.
Clearly, there are some people who dress up in extravagant, attention-seeking outfits just to show off, but fashion week can also be the source of some excellent outfit inspiration.
At the most recent London shows, we discovered a variety of clothing, colour and accessory trends that are ripe for the picking.
Here are five style lessons we learned - and how to shop them on the high street now...
1. Your shoes don't have to match
Are they wearing mismatched shoes? That was the question we asked ourselves when perusing the footwear choice on the front row, but it turned out to be an illusion - seen from the side, two-toned boots look like they don't match.
We love these designer duo boots because they also tick off another major trend of SS19, snakeskin, and you can get a lookalike pair for a lot less.
- Watch Your two-yone snake boot, £35, Nasty Gal
2. The midaxi is spring's hottest hem length
Sometimes at fashion week, there's a lot of skin on display - but at the AW19 shows, there was barely a kneecap in sight, with 'midaxi' hemlines by far the most popular choice.
Whether skirt or dress, this swishy style is perfect for pairing with boots, as winter makes way for spring.
- T-shirt, £10,midaxi skirt, £22, sandals, £30, PrettyLittleThing
3. Double up on colour clashing
If there's one thing fashionistas are good at, it's taking unexpected colour combinations and making them work. Take this outfit, for example, which appears to be inspired by a Battenberg cake.
What this ensemble proves is that pairing pastel and bright shades of two colours (here, pink and yellow) adds up to a quadruple style smash.
- Petite relaxed coat, £79, trousers, £39, Topshop
4. Get ahead of the curve with a headband
Headbands are really having a moment and, according to the style set, plush Eighties-style bands are where it's at.
Fabrics like velvet and satin give a luxe feel - team yours with soft knits and a pair of minimal drop earrings.
- Red velvet stone headband, £10, Claire's
5. A beaded bag is a must-have
Last season, practically everyone at fashion week had a bum bag slung across their chest, but now, hands-free bags have been eschewed in favour of dainty little grab bags.
Vintage-style beaded handbags are now all over the high street and natural net or mesh bags will be everywhere come summer.
- Faux pearl beaded bag, £29.99, New Look