So every Fashion Week we watch creation after creation stream down the catwalks, trends for the season ahead being born before our eyes. As the season approaches and the weather changes, the High Street prepares for battle – which retailer will get it right and who can replicate our designer lusts the best so us common people can feel at least a little bit ‘high end’? The High Street is becoming increasingly in touch with High End fashion, allowing people to mix a dimension of luxury fashion within their everyday outfits without paying the hefty price tag. It’s revolutionizing the way in which we style ourselves, and most importantly giving us confidence to wear what we want. Whilst browsing street style, I constantly see girls in High Street replicas of certain designer trends that look unbelievably chic and nothing less than ‘designer’ worthy.
Here’s some High End trends you can find on the High Street at the moment…
1. STELLA MCCARTNEY V MANGO: TAILORED PINSTRIPES
Stella McCartney carries on her masculine/feminine vibe on the AW13 catwalk with an oversized chalky pinstripe seen on woollen roll neck jumpers and long tailored coats. It’s a classically masculine pattern, usually found on a Saville Row suit, feminized with a larger stripe on soft fabrics. This season, Mango have replicated McCartney with an array of pinstripe on navy statement pieces such as this wool – cotton blend sweater and wool blend coat.
2. BURBERRY V TOPSHOP: LOVE HEARTS
Burberry’s AW13 collection was named ‘Trench Kisses’ and included a kinky cutesy element counterbalanced by the traditional traits that has become Christopher Bailey’s standard je-ne-sais-quoi. The burgundy heart print shirt has been Burberry’s No. 1 this season, seen on fashion royalty such as Victoria Beckham and the one and only Harry Styles. It is therefore no wonder that Topshop have added some heart scattered shirts to their collection in the form on a short sleeved navy version and a long sleeved raspberry replica.
3. CELINE V RIVER ISLAND: COCOONED COATS
If you’re going to invest in a coat this Winter it must be oversized and cocoon shaped! The larger form makes it so easy to throw on top of any outfit and gives you ultimate comfort – I am in love with this species of coat. Celine is the Queen of the oversized silhouette so it wasn’t much of a surprise to see cocoon coats in Philo’s AW13 collection. The woollen fabrics make the coats look like clouds of fluff and an absolute dream to wear. River Island have copied this season’s key coat look with a collection of cocoon coats in everything from luxurious cream boucle to vibrant wool blend scarlet.
4. TOPSHOP UNIQUE V ZARA: FIFTY SHADES OF PINK
A plethora of pink was seen on the catwalks for AW13, especially at Topshop Unique which is fast becoming one of London Fashion Week’s main spectacles. Whether it symbolises a rose or an oyster, pink is the colour to wear this season to give your style a High End touch. Topshop Unique layered outfits with different grades of pink to add a flourish of femininity and create a minimalist look. You can find colour block pink pieces at Zara, head of minimalism for the High Street, in the form of a dusty pink knitted sweater and a bubblegum pink tailored trouser.
5. MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA V WHISTLES: VINYL ERA
PVC takes on a much classier form this season with a shiny patent sheen, perfect for revolutionizing old classics and adding a high tech dimension to your style. The glossy fabric adds an energy to outfits, seen on the runway of Maison Martin Margiela’s AW13 collection. On the High Street, the gleam of vinyl can be found at Whistles. A High Street retailer on the pricier side of the spectrum, this trend adds quality and clever design – somehthing Whistles always deliver. Check out their beautiful dark green patent A-Line skirt and ivory rounded silhouette vinyl top.
6. CHLOE V COS: ROYAL NAVY
Navy has always been the colour of class and tradition, and this season it’s back as your new neutral must-have. Teamed with black, yes, black (it’s a myth) and white, navy comes alive and can be much softer on the skin tone than an all black outfit. It’s a formal colour than can easily be twisted to meet more casual needs and always maintains a simplistic feel. Cos is a great High Street retailer to pick up simple and minimal pieces. In terms of navy, choose a navy, plain merino jumper or a navy cocoon dress from Cos to replicate Chloe’s style.