We’ve been shown how the New Yorkers do it, but now it’s time to see what trends the London set have shown on the runway. London Fashion Week took on what we should be wearing this Spring…all with the city’s signature downtown cool factor. Join us, as we count down the top trends straight from the runway!
1) FLORALS REMIXED
Spring is synonymous with floral print, but at LFW – the florals get punchy. Marchesa, Erdem, and Mulberry all took a new look at the classic print – be it digital, gothic greenery, or built into geometric shapes. Forget your feminine brights, this is the new floral.
2) COLLEGIATE CASUAL
If there’s anything that London does better than anyone, it’s edgy street wear, but at LFW this year, it was all about adding a dash of collegiate cool. Leonid Zherebtsov, Topshop Unique, and Anya Hindmarch took fashion fiends back to school with oversized letterman jackets, remixed cheerleader uniforms and, in the case of Hindmarch, super chic school bags.
3) BIGGER THE BETTER FOR BOWS
We’ve seen exaggerated details in fashion before, but this trend has a more whimsical edge. The motto this season? Bigger the better…for bows, that is. Jonathan Saunders, Burberry Prorsum, and SIBLING all took this to heart, and showed there’s nothing wrong with embracing a girlie detail.
4) DENIM HEAVEN
Over this season, we’ve been seeing a lot of designers embracing normcore, and what’s more fitting than the humble denim jacket? Marques Almeida, Joseph, and Burberry Prorsum all took the traditional fabric and made it decidedly untraditional, and very in demand (not for shoving to the back of the closet!)
5) STUDIO 54 STYLE
The runways returned to disco at Emilio de la Morena, Tom Ford, and Richard Nicoll – but with a decidedly 90s twist. Spaghetti straps, cami-esque necklines, and thigh high splits made up the trend, and the iridescent fabrication pushed it into most wanted territory.
6) SNEAKER FREAKS
It wasn’t just the clothing that captured our attention, but the height of the model’s heels – or lack there of. Sneakers, slides, and lace ups all took the place of six-inch heels for a refreshing, and much more comfortable trend. Who did it best? We loved Fashion East, Marques Almeida, and Temperley London.
7) VESTED INTEREST
Fashion loves to play with gender roles, so it’s no surprise that one of the biggest trends at LFW was toying with masculine and feminine vibes. Paul Smith, Youjia Jin, and Jean-Pierre Braganza all embraced a blazer vest in their collections, but added longer lines…and a lot of sex appeal.
8) BACK TO BLACK
London streets host some of the most unique styles, and for blending trends. Fashionista’s love their dark hued pieces, but at Marques Almeida, Tom Ford, Jean-Pierre Braganza, and Dioralop, it took a gothically grunge edge. Layered pieces, black stockings, and chunky shoes are your key pieces for stealing this style for yourself.
9) POP ART
Not all trends have to be so serious, and at Ashley Williams, Anya Hindmarch, and Peter Pilotto added a little Warhol flair into their collections. Pop culture references, cartoons meets couture, and pops of colour created the perfect trend for the downtown LDN girl.
10) LARGE, LAYERED SILHOUETTES
Much like the exaggerated bow trend we saw at LFW, silhouettes got bigger, bolder, and oh so chic. Oversize light coats, bold shapes, and loose layers dominated the shows of Mother of Pearl, Temperley London, and Thomas Tait, and definitely is a trend that’ll be embraced by the cool girl on the street.