After downloading an eclectic mix of trends and politically charged fashion that emerged out of NYFW, all eyes were on London Fashion Week... and it didn't dissapoint. From models on the catwalk to collections, LFW continued to embrace diversity. We've distilled the highlights from the fashion week you will be wearing this Autumn Winter. Tuck into the trend nods now..
Designers’ obsession over destroyed denim is nowhere near over, but it has taken a more refined and polished form this season. Faustine Steinmetz and Chalayan create three-dimensional patterns with long plucked threads, as does the uniformity of laser burn-out patches by Versus. House Of Holland’s slashed effect with fringe is reminiscent of a retro rodeo; And Ceci goes for the plush/pauper vibe with raggedy denim paired with fur. Saying yes to diligent destruction? Yes please.
Quintessentially British, the English Rose played muse to an impressive line-up of looks on the catwalk. Biggies like Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch and Public School gave us vintage tapestry feels while Vivienne Tam played the feminine-goth angle with dark-ground floral and frilly lace collars; Victoria Beckham offered an illustrated ensemble with diagonal layers of ruffles down the front. Word: go full bloom in florals this Autumn Winter.
Viva la velvet! Season after season, designers blow us away with their inspired use of it. Exhibit A – Mary Katrantzou’s glistening dress with jellyfish appliqué and Fausto Puglisi’s embellished 70s lime; Peter Pilotto plays with blood orange and blue; Teatum Jones laces it up in shiny navy while Erdem engraves the Ottoman-style print in mustard. Phew!
Big cuffs = Big Impact. The trend is wearable, modern and was a designer favourite on the London catwalks. Osman and Joseph were all about contemporary chic with sartorial checks and utilitarian khaki jumpsuits; Peter Pilotto and Sharon Wauchob nailed the girly/get-setter balance with floral print and sheer sleeves respectively; And Adeam’s sheer burgundy shirt was nothing short of a vintage daydream. Love!
No longer strictly utilitarian, statement pockets had their fashion moment on the catwalk. Whether it was necklace-style by J W Anderson or stacked squares by Simone Rocha; Clip-on pockets by Joseph or quilted silk numbers by Peter Pilotto or patched floral number at Christopher Kane, pockets are back in the spotlight. Word.
Keeping warm while keeping the sartorial boxes checked won’t be a problem this Autumn Winter – The humble polo neck is going nowhere. Think Topshop Unique’s and PPQ’s campus-perfect colour scheme and stripes; Emilia Wickstead’s blush co-ordinates and Temperley London’s navy jumper-silk skirt combo – tailor made for a champagne brunch with the squad or bae.
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