LFW '13: Masculine Femininity
How to master the androgynous look
London Fashion Week 2013 has made an illustrious name for itself with the debuting of new talent; the celebration of the fashion industry's most talented, and the unveiling of what are to be this year's hottest trends. With innovative and inspiring household names, such as Vivienne Westwood, Tom Ford and Burberry showcasing their new collections, it's no surprise that the runway is the birthplace for next season's high street favourites. This Spring/Summer it's all about the union between masculine tailoring and feminine elegance, so keep reading for some top tips on how you can master spring's next big thing: the androgynous trend.
This isn't just any jacket and dress combination; it's the power jacket and the pretty dress combination. The return of the leather jacket was a prominent feature on the catwalks of LFW, as Christopher Kane's key piece was all about zips, studs and a cropped cut on this season's biker jacket. Add a touch of femininity with a pretty white midi dress and you've pulled off another massive trend: monochrome. Try a longer length for the hem of your dress, a quarter-length sleeve and a ‘tea dress' shape for a girly yet sophisticated day look. You'll find a range of ladies dresses online so feel free to experiment with the design and style, but make sure to stick to the feminine theme. Alternatively you could pair your dress with a masculine tuxedo jacket as edgy tailoring is all the rage for spring. Stand out with some customised lapels which are a different material or colour to the body of the jacket, and you've got the ultimate elegant androgynous look.
Another great piece to rock this season is the trouser. A staple for a touch of masculinity, and a great look for the office, this season's trousers come in all shapes and sizes. Go for military-style skinny khaki cargo trousers and some chunky ankle boots for a voguish army-girl look, and pair with a draping chiffon shirt to blend in a graceful feminine feel. You could also take a leaf from House of Holland's book and invest in a pair of pants which brush the ankle in length and follow the silhouette of the womanly hourglass shape. The trick is in the colour: go for nudes, whites or creams for a light and airy look, or try out some girly patterns such as floral to add that feminine finish.
The Pant Suit
Louis Vuitton, Elie Saab and Gucci had everybody talking at London Fashion week in 2011 with their collection of pant suits, and the look is back and even better this time round. It wasn't just designers like Jonathan Saunders who confirmed their love of the power pant suit this year, but also front-row fashionistas such as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley who blew onlookers away with her choice of a vibrant red version. This look is all about minimalism while being daring, as it exudes a bold sense of confidence with a lady-like edge - perfect for the stylish working woman. Moreover, tailored detail is hot on the radar for next season, and it isn't necessarily following the conventional rules. If you think that you can work this look then why not try a short pant suit to really break fashion barriers. Emulate the masculine power suit of the 50s, while bringing some modern-day womanly authority and grace with soft colours, fun prints and intricate embellishments.
Be prepared for next season's hottest look and get shopping now, as masculine-feminine androgyny is dominating fashion and is definitely here to stay!