London Fashion Week is coming to a close, and we can’t be more in love with the trends we saw strutting down the runway. With NYFW being a difficult act to follow, London designers stepped up to bring some amazing looks – from ombre gowns and billowing sleeves to chic jackets and bold colors, this week had something for everyone.
1. Wide Leg Pants
The last few seasons have seen a lot of 70s inspired garments, and the SS17 collections were no different. This time wide leg pants seemed to be a favorite, both cropped and extra long! If you’re looking to make your own, a brocade or suiting would be great for some ankle-length trousers, while a draping crepe could do wonders as a long, flowing pair of pants.
2. Enormous Sleeves
Some designers have been throwing things back far past the 70’s. Victorian silhouettes have been popping up pretty often on recent runways, particularly when it comes to sleeves. The best thing about the puff sleeve trend is that they’re coming in all shapes and sizes – bishop, bell, leg of mutton, poet, princess, all of them have been seen throughout the SS17 shows. Plus, they can be made out of so many different fabric types, so there’s nothing stopping you from trying some out! Want huge volume? Try an organza or brocade. Looking for flow? Crepes, crepe de chines, and chiffons will do great! Or try out a basic cotton shirting for a flawlessly crisp design.
3. Mesh Overlays
Netting layers were not something we thought we needed before this week, but after seeing how they can add interesting shapes and volume to a garment, we’re totally hooked. Mesh was seen as sleeves, crop tops, shift dresses, and even as jackets!
4. Off the Shoulder
We saw this trend all over the place this past spring, but this season it’s evolving! Last year it manifested itself in blouses and crop tops, but recently it’s been all over gowns. satins, crepes, chiffons – think anything drapey for these designs. Or, if you’d like to mix this trends with the puff sleeve look, you can try something with more structure – maybe a neoprene!
Huge sweaters and slouchy boyfriend jeans have always been go-to comfort clothes, but this year designers are giving those steady faves a high fashion twist. Structural neoprene coats, extra long sleeves, t-shirts that can double as dresses – this SS17 runway season has seen them all. Certainly it’s not a trend for everyone, but if they’re style correctly over-sized garments can look terrific.
6. Moto Jackets
I. Love. Jackets. Particularly moto jackets. This is a trend that can incorporate so many others – make them oversized and made with knit, make them metallic, or make them bright blue! There are so many different ways to create, wear and style these awesome pieces; and I especially love the zip off feature on the jackets by Belstaff. Keep them long or crop them depending on your day-to-day style. Gotta make myself one!
Ruffles seem to be a favorite every season at this point, but designers are still finding ways to make them new and unique. Erdem sewed them into panel seams to create dynamic lines across their garments and the result is utterly beautiful. I can easily see the technique being adapted into streetwear skirts or even crop tops!
Ombre is another trend that has been going strong for quite a white, and honestly I can’t complain! We’ve all seen the beautiful gradient gowns done by Marchesa, but LFW dealt with ombre a little differently. Simple shirt dresses popped on Temperley London’s stage with airy, pastel color schemes, while Antonio Berardi changed the game with an ombre suit! This look has to be one of my favorites from the week – each piece would look equally fabulous on its own as well as all together.
9. Gathered Waists
It’s no secret that a tight waist with a flared skirt looks flattering on most body types. Designers seemed to keep this in mind as smocked dresses, empire waists and paper bag jogger pants popped up throughout London Fashion Week! Recreate the looks with chiffon, batiste, or maybe even a thick knit if you’re going the casual pant route.
10. Bold Color
Last, but not least, color! The 80’s are alive and they’re bringing with them an onslaught of vibrant hues. A big trend for next spring seems to be entire outfits in a single matching color, which certainly makes accessorizing easy!
So which trends are your favorite from London Fashion Week? Are you going to be making anything similar to these looks? Tell us below!