When trying to predict the trends of the future, fashion shows provide a good indicator about the styles of tomorrow.
Whilst many items on the catwalks are perfectly impractical and impossible to wear, many others will seep down in the upcoming months and find themselves ingrained in our collective conscience and in high street stores alike. So, according to the items that were on display at London Fashion Week, the following trends are likely to become increasingly popular over the coming seasons.

Metallics

Whilst recently the addition of metallic adornments to women’s shoes have become something of a craze, London Fashion Week saw a number of designers take this trend to the next level. Tom Ford, the designer and sometime film director, released a new shade called “Minx” – a bold bronze – which was one of the many different variations on the metallic themes on display. Expanding past just shoes, metallic nail polish should prove to be a trend appropriated by fashionistas in the coming months and even coats and dressers by high end designers are likely to follow shiny suit.

An extra dimension for floral prints

With Zooey Deschanel inspired retro dresses all the rage for recent seasons it has been no small surprise that many clothing ranges have created their own floral designs to capitalise on this. For Spring/Summer 2012, however, it appears that a number of lines, including House of Holland, have taken the floral print design to the next level by giving them a 3D makeover. So, for example, expect to see floral embellishments including floral adornments make a big splash in the fashion world in the near future.

Citric colours

Whereas we are currently in the midst of an unprecedented red-inspired Fall fashion season, the future, it seems, is going to be equally bright. If London Fashion Week is anything to go by, the future is orange. The recurring colours, aside from the aforementioned metallic hue that was almost omnipresent throughout the week is the use of more citric shades including oranges and lemons. Topshop are one of the brands who have cottoned on to this and their yellow trouser suit was one of the most eye catching outfits of the weekend.

Sports chic

In recent months, the high street has started finding itself inundated with wedge trainers – sneaker shoes but with the addition of wedged heels, an attempt to blend feminine styles with sports chic. This trend does not look like it is going to abate at any time soon – in fact it looks set to continue growing and evolving. David Koma’s collection involved racket grips and heels whereas Rag & Bone included in their collection a race-car driving influenced line. Subtle blends of femininity and active wear look set to only grow in popularity in the coming seasons.

New shoe shapes

Minimalist designs look to be the new thing in shoe trend – many on display featured heels, a sole and, aside from a subtle strap to keep the item on, little else. Whilst this design is not going to be as popular in high street stores, in the coming seasons, as knee high boots or wedge trainers, their style is likely to be found in catalogues of the high end designers who displayed them this week including Paul Smith.

This post was contributed by Kieron Casey on behalf of Barratts. Kieron is a fashion writer who blogs regularly about the latest fashion trends and new shoes.
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