3/02/2018

What We Learnt From London Fashion Week


London Fashion Week is now over, and while we’ve only just gotten over the fact that Queen Elizabeth II was front row, we’re still thinking of those gorgeous catwalk styles. Here’s our run-down of the most memorable looks and trends from the show that will definitely be influencing our wardrobes over the coming year:

Burberry

Day Two of London Fashion Week was a spectacle of colour. Fusing stand-out shades onto contemporary casualwear, Burberry retained its image as a forward-thinking, urban brand.

The catwalk was awash with blush-pink sweatshirts, scarlet jackets, and chunky lemon jumpers, while floral mesh dresses and rainbow sparkles added an extra dash of colour. This was Creative Director Christopher Bailey’s final show for Burberry, and he dedicated his last collection to: “the best and brightest organisations supporting LGBTQ rights around the world”. Once most famous for its traditional beige checks and trench coats, Burberry’s intelligent use of colour and drive for hyper-modern streetwear and athleisure clothing has made it one of London Fashion Week’s standout shows.

Get the catwalk look by choosing bold shades and patterns, including patchwork styles and geometrics. Select contemporary athleisure styles — such as bomber jackets and oversized sweatshirts — and never shy away from check prints and the streamlined silhouette of a vintage trench coat.

Simone Rocha

In contrast to Burberry’s colour explosion, Simone Rocha presented a hauntingly captivating fashion show also on Day Two. Setting the mood with flickering candles in chandeliers, Rocha stepped out of her black-lace-dress comfort zone and into a world of historic grandeur.

Models walked in maxis crafted from patterned tulle and finished with elegant ruches and satin bows, giving the show a vintage, Edwardian feel. But you’d be way off the mark if you thought Rocha brought only early 19th-century designs to the catwalk. The most impressive aspect of Rocha’s pieces was the flawless transition to styles from across the 19th century. Alongside the embroidered traditional outfits, we saw 1980s-style power suits and 1970s-inspired, punky tartan outfits. Designer, Simone Rocha, said: “I have double breasted jackets and blazers, layered with dresses with the Edwardian scoop neckline."

The humble fashionista can channel this look by fusing multiple styles into one contemporary look. Rocha is a master of luxury layering, so blend Victoriana collars under gothic leather jackets and voluminous tulle skirts over platform shoes to encapsulate the look of multi-era femininity.   

Christopher Kane

Vampy and glamorous are two ways to describe Christopher Kane’s catwalk from Day Four of LFW. Think red lace, black leather trims and diamante-fringing.

Models walked in jumpers emblazoned with ‘More Joy’ on them, and Kane’s presentation was certainly joyful and fun. “I have never shied away from sex in the collections — and this is no different,” said the designer.

You can create your own Christopher Kane-inspired look with sheer lace, crystal detailing and faux-fur linings. Go for all-out glamour to help you embrace your own femininity.

Michael Halpern

Following Rocha’s vintage catwalk was always going to be difficult, but Michael Halpern’s Day Two show made his mark with glitter and sequins!

Everything in the collection was designed to dazzle. Huge hoop earrings, zebra-print boots under shimmery red coats, and bare-shoulder tops over half-and-half technicolour trousers signalled a leap towards confident 1970s fashion in 2018. Not only did Halpern wow the audience with Studio-54 designs, but he also showcased the importance of body-flattering cuts. Think thigh-skimming sequin dresses, figure-fitted retro jumpsuits, uber-high platforms, and disco-ball colours and you have Halpern’s 1970s glamour trend down.
Little black dresses may be our go-to style, but Halpern’s collection showed us how to inject glitz, glamour and colour into our look.

Roksanda

The empowering AW18 Roksanda collection relied heavily on strong silhouettes and sharp cuts to highlight the female physique.

The collection, which featured a lot of blues, pinks, yellows, and oranges, was inspired by Caroline Denervaud, a dance and performance artist. As a result, each piece fitted the models beautifully, even during movement.

The show featured everything from wrap tops with tie-waists to mesh skirts and trouser suits. Floaty silhouettes reigned supreme, allowing for a more fluid outline and creating an undulating figure that all women can enjoy. Silk and satin were prominent fabrics in the Roksanda collection, while high-necklines and ankle-length hems were also important to the aesthetic of the catwalk.

The key take away from the show was embracing your own body and shape through romantic designs and subtle colours. Wrap your body in loose, silk shirts and culottes finished with a long coat or add mystery to your figure with tulle dresses, balloon-sleeve blouses, and wrap-around cardigans.

Now you know where fashion is heading over the next few months, set your status as a style queen and start incorporating some of these key trends into your wardrobe today.

Sources:

https://www.ft.com/content/5899a700-15ad-11e8-9376-4a6390addb44

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