This year’s London Fashion Week was filled with excitement and drama, as models marched down the runway in intricate patterns and outrageous garments. From detailed collars to stunning sequins, designers did their best to stand out. Let’s take a look at the top trends at London Fashion Week.
This fashion week was all about the contrast. Seems and linings popped from the sidelines, like Daks’ preppy suiting with the trim detail on the lapel. This suit looked sharp, and so did Orla Kiely’s floral dress with checked trim. House of Holland used the same pattern in a different color for a pleasant break in the garment, while Temperley London simply added red detailing to a blue striped dress for some extra pop. Ports 1961 went for a simple style that really worked with a plaid top and skirt rolled up to reveal another shade of plaid on the inside.
Make a statement with these contrasting fabrics:
Designers at London Fashion Week were popping their collars! Not by standing them up, but by adding intricate detail, like Anya Hindmarch’s ruffled collar. Erdem chose to embroider their collar with beautiful flowers, while Simone Rocha attached some pearls to bring the bling. House of Holland’s fringed collar definitely adds an Americana vibe to their denim ensemble, and Orla Kiely’s ruffled detailing adds a touch of fun to a basic button up.
Use these embellishments for your collars:
For all of those who sat in geometry class questioning why they would ever use it, London Fashion Week brings you the answer: because it looks chic as h-e-double hockey sticks. Anya Hindmarch’s jacquard rain coat makes you wish for overcast days just to whip out this jacket, while Christopher Kane’s muted colors allows the geometric patternto stand for itself. Emporio Armani’s button up jacket has an interesting depth that will definitely attract admirers, and Ralph & Russo showed off some interesting details with 3D diamonds sewn onto their skirt set. Orla Kiely’s lovely geometric dress is playful and sophisticated, showing off the versatility of this striking style.
Add some of this fabric to your collection:
Mixing the Same Patterns
Pattern mixing has taken over every fashion week, but London put their own twist on this trend. Instead of mixing plaid and paisley, animal and argyle, they were mixing floral and… floral! That’s right, designers took the same pattern in two different colors and combined them for edgy ensembles and glorious garments. Duro Olowu utilized this with the collar and belt, and Holly Fulton lined their blazer with white check and made the skirt out of a red one, while Peter Pilotto simply slapped several styles of floral together. House of Holland separates wavy blue stripes with a lake of black stripes in the center, and Peter Jensen’s hand fabric comes in three colors in the same garment.
Mix it up with these fabrics:
While many collections focused on edgier styles, like punk or street, London stuck with what they knew. London socialites rejoiced in Daks’ stunningly sophisticated preppy suiting and even preppier straw hat, reminiscent of garden parties in the 1920’s. Cardigans came in clutch for Markus Lupfer, Nicopanda, and Orla Kiely, who all used this simple garment to create bougie styles. Edeline Lee’s midi skirt and button up could be the outfit of a stylish school teacher, or a jet-setting trend setter.
Put some prep in your step with these fabrics:
This flashy feature was prominent on the London runway, especially in Emporio Armani’s collection, displayed in this lovely mini dress. Marques’ Almeida made use of reversible sequins in a red and black sequined dress, while J.W. Anderson simply used strips of sequins to create a tunic. Temperley London’s floor-length, white sequined dress is the epitome of classy and flashy, while Halpern leans on the flashy with a sequined scarf thrown on over a sequined dress.
Stand out in these sequins:
What was your favorite style from London Fashion Week? Let me know in the comments!