As part of Riccarton Style Week I popped along to Westfield to hear fashion stylist Stephanie Rumble talk about the latest fashion trends and how we can incorporate them into our wardrobes.
Trends are a new way to wear fashion, and this season’s main trends are floral grunge, heritage, urban punk and sports luxe. Some of these I can definitely relate to, and others not so much.
A revelation for me was that fashion colour trends follows paint colour trends, and that designers work closely with colour experts at Resene. It was fascinating for me to see how trends for interior colours and fashion colours follow so incredibly closely. I had no idea!
With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Stephanie expertly showed us how to put together outfits from a rack of clothes she’d chosen (impressively quickly) from nearby shops in Westfield. She passed on her tips and tricks for colours, patterns, our shapes and sizes and embracing new trends and new shops. I for one saw garments from shops I always walk past, but now I’ll be in to browse. It’s inspiring to have someone show you how to wear trends that you see but aren’t quite sure how to wear.
This I can do, I have a bold large patterned floral top which I bought when floral grunge first came out a couple of seasons ago. This isn’t pretty floral, instead think bold and assertive prints. Combine floral and leather or denim, both of which are very on trend.
This is very much me. Think English country estate and chunky knits and away you go. Tweed, herringbone, muted colours and lots of texture.
I remember tartan the first time it was fashionable and have a vivid memory of choosing my first pair of tartan trousers and wearing them with great pride. It’s back, but I don’t have the trousers… Stephanie had on a fab tartan jacket, and as she pointed out tartan has son many colours in it, it’s pretty versatile. Team it with ankle boots or whose with a bit of patent, or metal trim. Leather jackets fit in this trend well, with the biker jacket style being very popular.
Think trendy trainers and comfy weekend wear or dashing to the school run. Baggy t-shirts, anoraks, boxy crop tops and add a touch of metallic. A bomber jacket is a key piece for this look.
Check out Riccarton Style Week for yourself at Westfield Riccarton. Free seminars and advice, workshops and colour consultation.
Riccarton Style Week, 7-13 April:
Tuesday: 12.30pm, 2pm & 4pm How to buy the Wardrobe Essentials
Wednesday: Colours Day – I’m booked in with Stephanie for a colour consultation, but it’s booked out now sorry 😦
Thursday – Sunday: Style Lounge – free one-on-one style sessions
Saturday: In-Store Styling Day – stylists will be in different stores to help you shop
Stephanie Rumble has her own image consultancy Flair Image