The term “extra” has never fit in so well at a fashion show, as the surprising silhouettes from London Fashion Week were anything but basic. From one sided sleeves to puffed up skirts, LFW was filled with desirable drapes and stylish shapes. Let’s take a look a the top silhouettes at LFW.
Asymmetrical silhouettes were in many of the collections, showing off one shoulder and shrugging the other. David Kom’s extreme asymmetry shows almost half of the model’s chest, while covering the other half and arm, similar to Peter Pilotto’s mixed-pattern design. Preen by Thornton Bregazzi merges a tank top with a draped sleeves, while Marta Jakubowski features three straps, one on the left and two on the right. Erdem’s asymmetrical sleeve is simply one sided, and layered under a sheer top layer.
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The ever-popular fitted bustier made its fair share of appearances on the runway at this year’s LFW. Chalayan displayed a professional looking bustier, attached to a solid black jumber layered of a white button up, while Emilia Wickstead managed to combine the fitted bustier with a coat. House of Holland’s fitted bustier was second stage next to the vibrant button up below the bustier, while Temperley London’s fitted bustier was the main focus of their gown. J.W. Anderson used leather for their fitted bustier, while combining it with a skirt suit to take the edge off of the leather.
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LFW is a dynamic affair, and their were many layers in this year’s show. Fashion East layered a seductive leather dress over a casual t shirt, and Peter Jensen threw an asymmetrical dress over a long-sleeved, polka dot shirt. Joseph shows off a look that’s beach ready, while Palmer Harding’s layered, knitted tops looked perfect for relaxing at a resort. Markus Lupfer reigns supreme when it comes to the layers of London, with complex patterns layered over each other, and a sheer skirt over a conversational one.
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London is no stranger when it comes to regalia, portraying princess sleeves in many collections. Duru Olowu and Rejina Pyo diverged from the traditional, with princess sleeves that look ready to go to work. Roksanda’s sheer top with princess sleeves, thrown over a black jumper, is perfect for hosting a luncheon, while Osman’s ensemble was meant to sit top box at the opera. Emilia Wickstead channeled the royals with a sheer dress thrown over a simple white one, an ensemble ready to take the crown.
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Draped dresses dragged on the runway this season, with dresses like Erdem’s puffy number displayed in many of the London collections. Mary Katrantzou’s floral, puffy dress is ideal for parties at beach resorts, while Simone Rocha’s white dress looks ready for a wedding. Emilia Wickstead’s floral dress features a buffy skirt, layered over limper one, that’s perfect for balls, while Emilio de la Morena emulates ready-to-wear with a dress that’s ready to be worn, from nightclubs to corner bistros.
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What was your favorite silhouette at London Fashion Week? Let me know in the comments!