The first theme I've been noticing more and more is bold, clashing colours making up geometric prints and structured cuts, reminding me of the work of artists such as Kazimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian. There is a bold edge to streetwear at the moment and it's really beginning to take hold of the high fashion world too. Stripes and cubist patterns remain the most popular style. (catwalk imagery from Vogue.com, including designs by Ellen Pedersen, Henrik Vibskov and KTZ).
The second is one of my favourites...a sort of anarchic punk revival, making itself known in the shape of clashing tartans, pinstripes, embellished jackets with logos, drawings, pins, and the odd spot of leopard print. The defining feature of this new punk-esque look is a very smart one; cigarette pants with clumpy platforms, ripped denim with military style berets, tailcoats embroidered with slogans. A good example for me is Shinee's Key, and specifically Shinee's outfits for their recent show in Fukuoka, where he sported a beret, leopard print jacket, ripped jeans and an inventive half-kilt which I intend to try making for myself at some point. There aren't many photos but you can watch a video here and here. (Catwalk imagery Vogue.com, featuring mostly Vivienne Westwood and Acne Studios).
Monochrome is always a favourite, and is simultaneously easy and impossible to pull off. Being so simple, it's easy to look plain or boring - this year, the style is all about pinstripes, a-symmetrical cuts, and zebra print (seriously, it's starting to spread everywhere). As for silhouette, it's all about cropped, wide-led pants, long coats and oversized bomber jackets. (Catwalk imagery from Vogue.com)
Denim! It never gets old, but this year it really has come back with a vengeance. High-waist, cropped, fraying ankle-grazers are the jeans of the season, with structured clashing denim and wide-leg culottes becoming more frequently seen.
Last but not least, the silhouettes I've noticed...coats are either long and loose, giving that sort of effortlessly stylish in a way that screams confidence, or oversized bomber jackets. The Sukajan, or Japanese souvenir jacket, is incredibly popular at the moment (R Shemiste combines it with both denim and tartan trends, see their SS16 collection here).
I hope these are helpful if you feel like trying out something new this season, or like me are struggling to put together looks for LFW this weekend. Also, if you're in London don't forget to pop down to Beyond Retro's Dalston store this weekend for their huge garage sale - everything is so cheap! I will be there on Sunday probably!