Welcome to the land of her Majesty, rolling hills and country gardens… and rain, lots and lots of rain. This fashion week (like most weeks) there was a fair share of downpour but designers, always one step ahead, reflected the Great British Climate in their creations. ON and OFF the runway coats, pulled up socks and thick knits featured as staples and we saw everything from classic, masculine two pieces to flowing tea dresses! London Fashion Week was as eccentric as the Brits and here’s how you can copy the style.
In a cold and blistery London, layering is a vital part of surviving the winter. Here at London fashion week, this necessary was made into a trend. People were layering up even when there was a crack in the weather! To copy this style, just pile it up! There’s no such thing as too much, this is London fashion after all! Pair a dress with jeans, a turtleneck and vinyl coat! Why not? It is rather chilly, after all!
Rain, rain go away come again another day! Or in the case of LFW, rain stay! So we can be hot on trend with our neon raincoats! It seems like practicality was made into hot property on this seasons catwalk and Londoners are loving it! With all the seasonal precipitation, brits might find they can’t dress to impress for fear of rainfall. But with rain mac chic hitting the catwalk, we’ll soon all be wearing one! Remember the brighter the better, so don’t be scared of a neon even if you look like a builder in high vis!
Royalty is our latest style inspiration, but not the one you might think! Instead of Duchess Kate, who usually rules supreme in the world of fashion, Queen Elizabeth II proved to be the bigger inspiration! With runway shows such as Erdem and Simone Rocha showcasing luxe accents and fabrics, we saw pastel tones, flowing dresses and high necks, not to mention the elegant white long gloves! All this was finished off with Victorian-esque sleeves and delicate floral patterns. So pull out those old tea dresses, it’s time for a 4 o’clock cuppa!
It seems this London Fashion Week, we went back to basics and homely comforts. Sometimes you don’t need to overcomplicate fashion and there is nothing easier to wear than a pair of comfy socks! From Isa Arfen’s Japanese style socks to Burberry and Preen, they’re a short-cut to a contemporary style. And warm.
We’re not ready to give up statement cuffs just yet. Go into any high street store and there’ll be cuffs galore! And big sleeves made a big return to London this September! Seen on shows such as Christopher Kane and Roksanda, this eternal trend is super wearable! Give it a go yourself by livening up a modest t-shirt, evening blouse or knit! Think big, think frilled, think bulging!