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Liverpool Fashion Week showcases the High Street

by Faye Smith. Published Wed 15 Oct 2014 23:57, last updated: 16/10/14

Purple Revolver attended The Childsplay Clothing Liverpool Fashion Week's midweek show featuring the high street's take on Autumn/Winter trends.

Top day to day style trends highlighted in tonight's show were plaid, pastels and dark tones.

No longer just for the jolly farmers and wolf-whistling builders, red plaid is a prominent trend as seen throughout the showcase. Both masculine and feminine cuts were worn by the models. Peacocks, Blue Inc and Burton were obvious fans of the autumnal colour and seasonal material.

In contrast to popular belief that Autumn and Winter should be a time of deadly darkness, high street stores have produced designs in pastel pinks and blues to add a subtle dose of colour on statement pieces.

Pastel coloured jumpers and skirt suits were among the pieces that were striking despite the pale tinge. Shoppers can find these soft-coloured garments in high street favourites Peacocks and Dorothy Perkins.

Stereotypically, darker days mean darker clothes as seen with some of the quality daywear from Blue Inc, Slaters and Burton Menswear. Plum, navy and dark were popular for the men as seen on polo neck jumpers, hooded jackets and chunky cardigans.

For the ladies, Dorothy Perkins presented an edgier look with leather jackets, skin-tight leggings and jeans that are the components for the classic rock star style. Sky high heels were also worn to add more femininity.

Evening staples consisted of the classic LBD, Victoriana and spot of celebrity style for the ladies alongside darker shades of grey, navy and brown for the suited and booted gents.

Ladies first.

John Lewis and Oh Polly went in two different directions with the concept of evening wear.

John Lewis is more classic whereas Oh Polly screams celebrity style.

Victoriana with a modern twist has made a comeback to high street stores, especially John Lewis. Perhaps it's because they are celebrating 150 years of classic style.

It is a beautiful way to mark the anniversary and the designers have done it justice.

Floor length black dresses with lace detail look like they were made for Morticia Addams. One particular dress was fitted to the ankles, proving a slight difficulty of walking normally. Another dress flowed as the model walked the runway. Its sleeves were to the elbows and solely made of lace in a floral pattern.

Shorter dresses in this style were also made knee length to provide a variation to the dramatic maxi.

Celebrity style is more popular than ever. Cue Oh Polly, a fast fashion brand that takes inspiration from what the celebs are wearing to provide women with a bit of star quality.

Fitted is the right word to use as there was no frumpiness about the designs: everything fit the model perfectly.

Two-pieces of the same style and colour were popular in this showcase. Black, red and White were the favoured colours.

High splits and deep V-necks were another common characteristic to add extra glamour too.

LBDs - Little Black Dresses - are back. Do they ever leave the world of fashion? From tight bodycons to A-Line skirts; from sleeveless to long sleeves; from studded pieces to lace garments, the high street has a large variety for everyone.

Onto the men.

Suits as ever always make a man look like the best version of himself. Slaters is the perfect place to go to when looking for a smart jacket or waistcoat - or both!

Navy blue with silver pinstripe was particularly memorable alongside the darker grey jacket and waistcoat combination.

Flourishes of purple were seen through the inner lining of a jacket and a bow tie to add the extra quality of the garments.

All in all a range of fantastic new pieces on the high street that will be here in time for Christmas. Get writing to Santa!


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