London Fashion Week is normally the more edgy fashion week. Young, up and coming designers make their mark with fresh and original designs, while more established designers innovate with fabrics and designs. Burberry brought back the denim jacket, Topshop Unique embraced the sporty vibe and Tom Ford has a decidedly Saint Laurent feel to the collection. Read on to see what my top take away trends from LFW were.
Many collections had a sport luxe vibe about them this season. Think trainers, sport socks, tennis whites and bodysuits. This trend has gained momentum over the last number of seasons and looks to be huge next spring summer. Part of it’s appeal is that it is so easy to wear. Who doesn’t want to wear trainers everyday? They are the most comfortable gift to women’s feet since the invention of the Birkenstock! To avoid looking like Sporty Spice on the Spice World Tour, keep your colour palette neutral and add splashes of colour like Topshop Unique with the bands of black, wine and orange.
2. See Through
Like New York Fashion Week, designers in London are also sticking with the transparent trend. Not for the faint of heart obviously, but it can be done in a more subtle way. Layer a slip dress underneath your sheer garment or go for something unexpected like cigarette pants and a string top which would make the sheer garment another layer to your outfit instead of your whole outfit.
3. Bold Prints
I’ve talked about bold prints before. It’s a love hate relationship for me. This being I love bold prints but they hate me and my 5 foot 2 frame. For those of you that can wear bold prints easily, wear them with confidence. Ease yourself into this trend with a dress or separates that you can pair with neutrals. I’ll be on the hunt for a bold print that doesn’t take over my whole body.
I adore getting new coats each autumn for the winter ahead. Designers are now looking at the spring summer coat more as we all know how unpredictable the weather is. Look for a gorgeous duster coat that will add length to your body or go more practical with a raincoat in a bright colour. Take note of your wardrobe and the items that you wear most and let this help you to decide what type of coat would fit in best with your style.
Metallics were all over LFW. Whether it was a motif on a sweater, a jacket or a dress, metallic is something to watch out for next season. There is a metallic tone to suit everyone. More silver based tones can wash you out so be careful of that. Golden metallics look great but try to avoid anything too yellow as this metallic trend is more subtle.
Think layers of ruffles, intricate lace, glossy feathers, and laser cut leather. it all comes together for a decadent, luxurious feel. This trend is very wearable for both daytime and nighttime and you don’t have to commit to a full look. A simple ruffle on a top, a feathered skirt, a lace waistcoat over another top. It really is a trend that you can make your own.
7. Show Some Skin
This is different to the transparent trends as this is has more of a peek-a-boo effect. Showing some thigh, a sliver of your waistline, a low V in front. It’s about subtle and some not-so-subtle flashes of skin. We saw this in NYFW too, the thigh high slits and the low cut V’s. It can be done tastefully, just think if you are showing your thigh then try to have your arms covered. It will mean that you’re not showing too much skin and keeping the look tasteful.
Burberry was the main place for denim this season although it did pop up on other runways. A denim jacket or shirt is a great addition to your wardrobe. They are so versatile and easy to wear. I would recommend looking for a darker or medium wash as lighter denim can look very dirty quickly. Pair your denim jacket with something unexpected like a beautiful skirt and sneakers for an unexpected twist on this classic wardrobe staple.
Those were my top trends for LFW. I will be uploading my Milan trends post soon. It’s so hard to concentrate on it when I’m also keeping an eye on the Paris shows! Later this week I will also be posting my Miami diary so keep a look out for that!