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London Fashion Week Hen Party Ideas


With the fashion season well and truly under way the shows have moved across the pond from America to the UK. London Fashion Week is loved all over the world by those in the industry with the street style said to be some of the best. Here’s some of the key looks straight of the catwalk for you to use as inspiration in your own hen party outfits.

The Topshop Unique girl is described as a “rebel in a rush” and is the perfect girl for hens to be taking inspiration from. The collection is a tale of two characters – the prim, proper girl versus her mischievous, late night ego – with the contrasts being inspired by Anne Boleyn. This Topshop collection is one of fun, with each elegant style note underscored with racier intentions, perfect for a pretty yet fun and sexy hen party outfit. Toffee and khaki colours similar to New York Fashion Week stormed the catwalk, punctured by daring fuchsia lace to create a bold, yet feminine element to add a burst of vibrant colour to your own hen party look, even if simply through a bright lipstick. Take inspiration from the clashing leopard and lace prints and mix your textures and fabrics in loose fabrics and shapes for easy late night luxe. As Geoffrey Finch, Topshop’s creative design consultant, said backstage after the show, “We wouldn’t want anything too proper, would we?”

Sarah Burton’s McQueen woman drifts between dream and reality to create a romantic night time creature, which any hen can be inspired by to create her own romantic look for either day or night. The collection is charmed and surreal, an elegant mix of blacks and soft shell pinks to create a contrast similar to the theme of naughty and nice at Topshop – a key trend for AW16. Burton’s combination of lace, pleats and butterfly embellishments create an ethereal feminine dream show, with a strong yet whimsical edge for hens to look out for on the high street next season. Mix your pale and dark colours for a striking contrast in soft, floating fabrics to create a magical and enchanting look.

Anya Hindmarch’s LFW collection was in a digital world of its own. Her oversized coats of cashmere, mink and shearling were all appliqued with the kitsch motifs that she’s famous for, such as fried eggs, googly eyes and Pac-Man-esque characters such as the coat above. With her bags rightly taking centre stage, the new trend was to match your bag to either your shoes or coat, with each model having a matching set. High rise ankles boots are a trend here to stay, updated into pixel patterns for a new striking style. Even if you want a simpler hen party outfit, having loud, quirky accessories such as a bag or shoe is a great way to make an impact with your look. Team your deep blue, charcoals or burgundy outerwear with crisp white to keep the look striking and sharp, similar to the video game graphic shapes of the prints to create a different, daring hen look.

The starting point of Preen’s AW16 collection was the “Poetry Groupie”, the combination of poet Edith Siwell and Cherie Currie, the lead singer of The Runaways, as the “first girl band to sing aggressive music.” This aesthetic fits perfect with Preen’s signature style of dark florals and Nineties grunge. Similar to Rodarte and Marc Jacob’s shows in New York last week there was a dark, gothic element with sheer slips, leather and lace. Preen is encouraging you to dress dark and tough for the day but feminine and elegant at night in the ultimate contrast – try leather rock glam for afternoon tea and blush pink sequins or opulent slinky ruched velvet at night.

Ladies, if you take anything away from the latest trends at London Fashion Week let it be that contrast is what it will be all about next season, whether it be colours, fabrics or styles. Let Fashion Week inspire you to create your own glamourous, gothic or graphic styles to inspire the most stunning and fashion forward hen party looks of the season.

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Lydia Stevenson

Lydia loves nothing more than spending weekends shopping for the latest styles with friends, or curled up with a fabulous fashion magazine!

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