London Fashion Week has just come to an end and I’m sad that I didn’t get to attend this year. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve attended (and once, I even managed to make it onto Made in Chelsea!) but I haven’t had the time. I love going and seeing the shows and seeing the designers that will be influencing the high street trends.
Hundreds of designers flaunted their latest styles over this spectacular, five-day event — but which made the greatest impact? Even the Queen attended a show this year! Discover the stand-out shows of London Fashion Week and find out which designs promise to transform how we dress in 2018.
Burberry is the show that everyone is always talking about. There’s always such a hype surrounding it and it’s the best place to spot celebs. This season, Burberry brought the entire spectrum of colour to the catwalk when it showcased its designs on Day Two of London Fashion Week. Fusing stand-out shades onto contemporary casualwear, Burberry retained its image as a forward-thinking, urban brand.
Blush-pink sweatshirts (keeping that millennial pink for another season!), rainbow sparkles, and scarlet jackets, walked by chunky lemon jumpers (yes to all the yellow!), multi-coloured puff gilets, and floral mesh dresses to create perhaps the most colourful catwalk of the event. 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.
If you want to copy the Burberry trend, you can incorporate not one, but multiple bold shades in your attire — patchwork, geometric and polka dot patterns welcome. 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.
A spectacular Day Two performance came from Michael Halpern, who brought glitter, sequins and 1970s-esque glitter to the catwalk. If you’re into your glitter and festival dressing, this was the show for you!
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.
At a time when many designers were advocating the all-black, Times Up movement; Halpern’s fun and vibrant collection gave London Fashion Week an alternative way to inspire hope and optimism. I can guarantee we will be seeing some of these ideas at this year’s festivals!
Driven by feminine sensuality, Christopher Kane’s Day Four AW18 collection showcased red lace dresses, black leather accents and diamante-fringed minidresses among a variety of other seduction-inspired designs. Christopher Kane has always been a favourite of mine and I love seeing what designs he’s come up with each season.
Similar to Halpern’s runway, Christopher Kane drove a carefree sense of fun, self-expression and hedonism — most notably indicated by the slogan: ‘More Joy’ printed on one of the model’s jumpers. “I have never shied away from sex in the collections — and this is no different,” said the designer.
Bring the spirit of Christopher Kane to your wardrobe by investing in sheer lace, crystal embellishments, sparkling blazers, faux-fur trimmed linings, and anything else that makes you embrace the power of your femininity and stand out. Again, another one to inspire festival dressing. I love it when designers are all about embracing who you are and not following the crowd.
The Roksanda AW18 collection was infused with strong silhouettes and body-enhancing cuts to empower the female outline.
Augmented with blues, pinks, yellows, and oranges; the Roksanda range was inspired by dance and performance artist, Caroline Denervaud, which meant that every piece hung and held the model’s body to perfection regardless of movement.
Silk wrap tops and tie-waist designs featured next to mesh skirts and flared 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.
Romantic designs, subtle palettes and undefined lines are the main points to embrace from Roksanda AW18. 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.
London Fashion Week brought colour, style and thought to the runway — make sure you integrate the best of UK fashion into your wardrobe throughout 2018.