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London Fashion Week 2013 Highlights

It’s a wrap for another year – London Fashion Week has once again been full of amazing fashion and has given us lots of inspiration for trends and colours for the next season.

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We’ve scoured the catwalks and picked out our favourite looks and trends from the runway, so we’re here to show you what to look forward to in Spring Summer 2014 (we already can’t wait!) and more importantly give you some tips and inspirations on how you can wear the LFW trends right now!

Powerful Pastels

What do you know; pastels are once again going to be on trend in Spring Summer 14, with pale pinks, sky blue and buttercup yellows being the main colours of the season.

Burberry Prorsum is adorned with pink and purple pastels and take note from Christopher Kane – rocking the mint greens.

Get the look right now with this cute knit jumper in pastel pink and peppermint green – perfect to keep cosy and on-trend this autumn!

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Botanical Beauty

We can’t get enough of florals – we wear them on everything from tops to dresses and of course this year we’ve been living in our floral trousers. We’re happy to state that the floral look is still being backed by the designers for spring/summer 14 but this time they’ve gone for pretty appliqué flowers and classic bold prints to make your spring wardrobe stand out in style.

Some of our favourite looks from this trend included pieces from designers Jonathan Saunders, PPQ and Alice Temperley!

Get the look with this beautiful Magisculpt jersey print dress!

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High Low Hem

Designers such as Erdem and Alice Temperley have been showcasing their mullet dresses at this year’s show with some killer outfits. We adore this sweeping look as we get to show off our legs with some added coverage. Also note the colours are very muted and next year expect to see lots of creams, white and ivory on the high street!

Here’s our version of this trend so take your pick…

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The Frow

It’s not only the designers that have got us talking, oh no, the frowers – all those fashionable celebs lucky enough to sit on the front row have been making a statement too. Celebs such as Laura Whitmore, Sienna Miller and Paloma Faith have been spotted eyeing up the catwalk and working the trends in their very own style. Not forgetting of course the fashionista Alexa Chung seen here wearing this leopard print coat.

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Hot stuff!

Other trends that we haven’t yet mentioned but definitely something to look out for next season is sheer clothing – yes indeed, apparently see-through styles will be tres chic next year alongside denim, and a second revival of the nineties!

Try out the look in our cross studded shirt!

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What trends have you loved wearing this year? xx

February Round Up 2013

February has been full of fashion events, new trends and clearing out that winter wardrobe! We don’t know about you, but we’re sooo ready to welcome in spring.

So in case you missed any of it or have been hibernating through this last month of winter, here’s our round up! :)

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British Plus Size Fashion Weekend Round Up

This weekend Simply Be were very proud to take part in the first ever British Plus Size Fashion Weekend, of which we were the main sponsors. A few of the team went down to Shoreditch, London from our head offices in Manchester to represent Simply Be and get involved in all the excitement.

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SS11 Fashion is going to be BIG!

We’ve watched the catwalks, studied the designs and made our SS11 trend predictions. And the most noticeable, most unavoidable trend on our list is this – SS11 is going to be BIG! From oversized blazers to voluptuous dresses, barely balanced hats to flaring harems, this season your style is going to be super-sized!

Now in some ways, that’s great for us plus size girls. All those little worries, the things you like to hide – they’re going to be easy to cover up. With so many loose layers and floaty dresses, you have an arsenal of figure flattering trends at your disposal. So when the new season rolls round, remember to use it to your advantage. Show off the bits you love and hide away the bits you don’t! And whatever you wear – work it the plus size way!

But ladies, choose your trends carefully, because some of the new-season looks could very well make a plus size figure look bigger than it is! We’re talking shapeless, oversized dresses and structured bubble skirts – they look great on the models, but in real life, on a plus size girl – not so much!

Anyway, that’s our word of warning. Feel free to ignore – after all, you know your figure better than we do and as we all know, plus size girls come in every shape and size – so maybe you’re the exception to the rule!

Plus size trends that aren’t going anywhere!

Harem pants!

These little babies aren’t going anywhere! They were all over the London Fashion Week catwalks – and all the big designers are doing them. Think Bora Asku, Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith – each gave us harems in an oh-so Spring/Summer way!

And whether you jumped on the trend when it first appeared on the catwalks or are still to dip your toe in this fabulous trend pool – you’ve just got to stock up for Autumn and beyond! Naturally, at Simply Be we’ve got a lovely selection of hareems for you to choose from, in all the plus sizes you want.

Nudes!

Now, we don’t mean should you sign up to the local naturist society – this is purely a colour trend and it’s set to continue. Across the catwalks we saw designers introducing new shades to their designs, but the base colours stayed the same. From beige to peach, off-white to olive – nude neutrals will be all the rage in SS11!

It seems silly to list the designers who kept to their original colour palette, but just to give you an idea, we do a little name dropping. There was Jean-Pierre Braganza, Maria Grachvogel, Betty Jackson, Matthew Williamson and David Koma – to name but a few.

Invest in this trend now and it will definitely last through the next season! We’d recommend our sequin sleeve top, the Rock & Revival Jersey and of course, a gorgeous pair of cut-out court shoes!

Jumpsuits

This my plus size friends, is the trend to watch! It’s going to get bigger and bigger! Look to the SS11 catwalks…Maria GrachvogelJean-Pierre BraganzaGiles Deacon… they’re filled with gorgeous tailored jumpsuits, cute little playsuits and ‘is it, isn’t it’ pieces that give you the look in separates.

We say, get yours now and look gorgeous in a trend that will keep on giving! Why not try our lovely black jumpsuit with that necklace trim or for a more dressy option, the one shouldered catsuit? And we still have that cutesy Beach2Beach playsuit for Winter into Summer sun!

Anyway, those are the trends you can take from this season to the next! We know you’re all savvy plus size shoppers and you’ll want to make the most of them, so enjoy you’re shopping and look out for more updates soon!

Remember this dress?

It seems like just yesterday we were filling you in on the new AW10 trends straight from London Fashion Week. Yet here we are, 6 months on, wearing the new trends and looking forward to SS11!

And that dress, seen on the gorgeous singing sensation Marina and the Diamonds, was one of the new-fashion pieces featured in our  AW10 London Fashion Week series! It’s a real stunner and she’s dressed it up to perfection, don’t you think?

So what should we expect next season? Well, London Fashion Week SS11 has just been and gone, with all its usual gossip and gorgeousness! So over the coming weeks, we’re going to give you sneak peak into the New Year’s fashion, along with some celebrity sightings and a behind the scenes preview!

Watch this space ladies, it’s going to get very exciting on the Simply Be Blog!

London Fashion Week: The End

It’s all over! London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2010 had ended and so has our blog review… but you know what? This is where the fun starts – because all those gorgeous trends we saw strutting their way down the catwalks will start making their way into the real world… and for us that means turning these fashion-fireworks into a gorgeous plus-size collection that works for real women!

Going plus-size

Now, you might have noticed that most of the London Fashion Week catwalks featured slim models… size 8… maybe size 10… but actually, they did look a bit bigger than usual. Size zero definitely isn’t the priority any more.

And Marc Fast, the designer who hit the headlines last year for using plus-size models, did it again this year. His designs invite you to appreciate the female figure, whatever shape or size – and we applaud him for that! The thing is, would we want to wear them in the real world? Hmm…

You see his designs show every lump and bump, they’re about what’s underneath… but does any woman (you know, the one’s not strutting down the catwalks) have the confidence to show that much? We’d love to know what you think!

Simply Be confident

We have a different take on plus-size fashion. We see a trend, love it, then make it work for the fuller figure. From the design to the cut, the material to the detail, we looks for those flattering fashion-features that will give you easy curve confidence. So look back over our London Fashion Week blogs… the trendsthe coloursthe textures… and work out which ones you love, because come the Autumn, we’ll be making them work on your figure!

London Fashion Week: The Textures

The world’s designers out-did themselves this season. It wasn’t just the new trends and colours that caught our attention, oh no, this year they introduced a a whole new set of textures for us to play with…

Lovely Leather

From the real thing to its PVC sister, it was all there on the Autumn/Winter catwalks. Nicole Farhi sliced it into skirts and trousers, Felder Felder made it a focal point and Christopher Kane took it from subtle touches to head-to-toe looks. Naturally, there were lots of gorgeous leather jackets, but actually the real trend here was detailing. Snippets of jet-black leather woven into a top or skirt… a tough touch with leather gloves… or a cut-off top on an otherwise feminine dress… so as the Summer starts to fade – look to leather for an instant fashion hit!

Vivacious Velvet

Soft, luxurious and gorgeous when it catches the light – it’s easy to see why LFW’s designers are bringing back velvet for the Autumn/Winter season. We saw stunning dresses from Hannah Marshall, breath-taking separates from Richard Nicoll and sophisticated detailing from Antonio Berardi… so there really is no limit to what you can do with velvet in the coming season.

Cheeky Chiffon

Last season saw the rise of peek-a-boo and Autumn/Winter 2010 sees its evolution. Now don’t get us wrong, there were still plenty of cheeky skin-revealing looks, but they were accompanied by the ‘thought of skin’ – see-through-chiffon that hints at what lies beneath but doesn’t show too much. And surprisingly, these silky smooth fabrics did all-out-glamour – but also played-down casual. So we’re expecting cheeky chiffon to play a big role in your Autumn/Winter wardrobes. For inspiration, turn to Christopher Kane and Bora Aksu!

Cords

Quintessentially English but just as happy fitting in with the new nordic trend, cords are making a comeback… or at least, we hope so. They weren’t everywhere on the catwalks but we caught a hint of them here and there… a cute pair of trousers, the odd jacket, even skirts. Betty Jackson was the designer ringleader and it’s her collection that’s made us so keen on the potential comeback.

Next week on the Simply Be Blog…

London Fashion Week: The End

London Fashion Week: The Colours

So you know about the trends, but what did the London Fashion Show tell us about next season’s colour palette? Well quite a lot actually – and we’re in the mood for sharing!

Deep Autumnal Reds and Oranges

It’s no surprise that the start of Autumn has brought a flurry of seasonal colours. Reds, oranges, browns – all vibrant and attention grabbing. And the list of designers who’ve used them… Betty JacksonRichard NicollJasper ConranNicole FarhiPetter Pilotto… well, it just confirms what we first thought – Autumnal oranges and reds and going to be bigger than big next season!

Navy is the New Black

It’s fair to say that navy has been fighting its way into our fashion colour palettes for a while. Spring saw it rising in nautical style, but in Autumn, it’ll come into its own. Louise Goldin gave it centre stage with head-to-toe navy outfits, while Nicole Farhi and Peter Pilotto mixed it with Autumnal shades for gorgeous contrast style.

And yet black will never go out of fashion. As always, it played a big part in London Fashion Week’s shows, with entire collections devoted to the darkest end of our colour palette. So don’t worry, you’re still safe enough with those classic pieces, they’ll fit right into Autumn/Winter 2010!

Colour on mute

Muted shades – your lilacs, your blues, your pasty pinks – make up another big colour trend. Jonathan Saunders mixed muted blues with deep oranges, Amanda Wakeley chose almost-gold beige and Paul Smith mixed up his collection with muted pastel looks and deeper shades. Beige is a colour we’ll be seeing a lot of, both in coats, and everything that sits beneath them. It’s nude neutrals all over again, but in Autumn/Winter 2010 you’ll have a lot more choice!

Multi-coloured prints

And finally we have a colour trend that says ‘anything goes’. Our prints have evolved into a mish-mash of colour combinations – either clashing or working in perfect harmony. So when looking for prints, the colour rules don’t apply. Be as bright and bold as you like, the more adventurous, the more on trend!

Next week on the Simply Be Blog…

London Fashion Week: The Textures