Fashion Weeks are like a crystal ball for us fashionistas, providing us with a tantalizing glimpse into what we’ll be throwing on in the coming months. But here’s the real question: who wants to wait until spring/summer 2018 to rock those trends? Definitely not us. From plaid patterns to gem-encrusted everything, here are the hottest trends we picked up on at London Fashion Week. The ones you can actually wear, that is.
Prim, proper, and pretty
From pretty bows to lady-like frocks, we’ll definitely be getting some good girl get-ups this spring. Erdem’s collection showed this look off the best, giving a very elegant curtsy to the bygone fashions of the aristocracy. OK, so we might not want to strut around looking this regal, but the little, uber-feminine flourishes can be had with clever accessories. Bows-on-clothes were everywhere in the collection, but also made an appearance at the Toga and Emilia Wickstead shows too.
Traditional patterns were all over the place this fashion week – almost, you could say, like they were going out of fashion. Designers including Natasha Zinko and Tommy Hilfiger (who was definitely giving us 90s vibes) offered up everything from plaid and tartan to gingham and houndstooth, while Burberry incorporated their trademark print into their streetwear-inspired collection.
Plenty of designers were shunning the straight hemline in their collections, and giving us some very interesting silhouettes in the process. There was lots of diagonal cuts and unusual, but form-flattering, geometry. The designers championing this look included J. W. Anderson, Teatum Jones, and Peter Pilotto - who’s vibrant pastel hued collection really sold it to us.
What happened to less is more? Fashion, apparently – which was a decidedly more is more affair. Designers including Erdem, Christopher Kane, Osman, and even Topshop were going in hard with the crystals, pearls, and other glamorous embellishments – and they were seen on everything from frocks to crocs.
It’s a tricky thing to be both sensible and super-stylish, but this LFW was a masterclass in achieving that exact combo. At shows including Mary Katrantzou, Armani, and Burberry we were treated to a parade of anoraks, macs, and even cagoules – waterproofing the coming months in style. So rest assured, dressing for a rainy day is most certainly IN.
It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t pay heed to the make-up forecast. While fresh and glowing was, is and will always be on trend, there was a definite nod to sultry looks too. At Versus Versace, make-up queen Charlotte Tilbury bought back the cat-eye – giving it a bolder, blacker, and more Winehouse-like revamp.
Girl next-door hair
While Erdem got lots of attention for the clothes, people also loved the hair – in this case, simple but elegant low-slung ponytails, almost reminiscent of the 90s. Simone Rocha also followed suit, going back to beautiful basics and spicing it up with embellished hair clips. Go and do likewise, ladies.