London Fashion Week has just finished, and the event has – as always – been packed with fashion highlights that will be remembered for years to come. My favourite of which was the appearance of Queen Elizabeth II, who made her London Fashion Week debut at the Richard Quinn show sat next to queen of fashion herself, Anna Wintour.
This spectacular, five-day event saw hundreds of designers show off their latest designs. Discover my highlights of the London Fashion Week shows and find out which designers promise to transform how we dress in 2018.
Burberry brought a show full of colour to the catwalk on day 2 of London Fashion Week. Combining stand-out shades with contemporary casual wear, Burberry definitely retained its forward-thinking, urban image.
Gorgeous blush pink jumpers, rainbow sparkles, and bright red jackets, as well as chunky lemon yellow jumpers, multi-coloured puff jackets, and floral mesh dresses created one of the most colourful shows of the event. Once most famous for its traditional beige checks and trench coats (which I still love!), Burberry’s intelligent use of colour and drive for hyper-modern clothing has made it by far one of London Fashion Week’s most highly anticipated shows. Incidentally, this was creative director Christopher Bailey’s final show for Burberry, which he decided to dedicate to “the best and brightest organisations supporting LGBTQ rights around the world”.
Incorporate the Burberry trend into your wardrobe by braving multiple bold shades in your outfits — clashing patchwork, geometric and polka dot patterns are all welcome. Select contemporary athleisure styles such as bomber jackets and oversized sweatshirts and don’t shy away from check prints combined with the streamlined silhouette of a classic trench coat.
Day 2 also saw the captivating vintage styles of Simone Rocha at London Fashion Week. With flickering candles in chandeliers, Rocha sure set the mood when she stepped out of her black-lace-dress comfort zone and into a whole new world of historic Edwardian style grandeur. Think long dresses embellished with satin bows, elegant ruches and patterned tulle! Alongside the embroidered traditional outfits, we saw 1980s-style power suits and 1970s-inspired, punky tartan outfits – and who doesn’t love a bit of tartan?!
The AW18 collection is a perfect example of how we can fuse trends from multiple eras into a contemporary outfit, taking inspiration from Simone Rocha. Rocha is a master of luxury layering, so style Victoriana collars with gothic leather jackets or voluminous tulle skirts over cool platform shoes to encapsulate this multi-era look.
Another stand-out show on day 2 came from Michael Halpern, who brought all things glitter, sequins and 1970s-esque to the catwalk.
Nothing was safe from disco fever in the Halpern collection. Huge hoop earrings, crazy zebra-print boots under shimmery red coats, and bare-shoulder tops over half-and-half technicolour trousers made for an interesting nod to 1970s fashion in 2018. Halpern also showcased the importance of body-flattering cuts. Think tight sequin dresses, figure-fitted retro jumpsuits, super high platforms and you have Halpern’s glitzy 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 – and I love the idea of it!
Christopher Kane’s day 4 AW18 collection was driven by feminine sensuality, and showcased pieces such as red lace dresses, with black leather accents and sparkling diamante fringes. Similar to Halpern’s runway, Christopher Kane’s show portrayed a carefree sense of fun and self-expression — most notably indicated by the slogan: ‘More Joy’ printed on one of the model’s jumpers.
Channel some Christopher Kane in your wardrobe by incorporating sheer lace, crystal embellishments, sparkling blazers, faux-fur trimmed linings, and anything else that makes you embrace the power of your femininity!
The Roksanda AW18 collection was all about creating strong silhouettes and body-enhancing cuts to empower the female outline. With shades of blues, yellows, pinks, and oranges, the Roksanda catwalk was inspired by dance and performance artist, Caroline Denervaud, and every single piece hung and held the models’ bodies to perfection regardless of the movement.
Floaty silhouettes, silk wrap tops and tie-waist designs featured heavily, creating a fluid outline. Silk and satin were prominent fabrics in Roksanda’s collection, while high-necklines and ankle-length hems – which I am personally currently loving – were also very present on 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 warming long coat and embrace balloon-sleeve blouses and wrap-around cardigans this AW18!
London Fashion Week brought plenty of colour, style, thought and fun to the runway — and there is so much that we can all integrate into our own wardrobes throughout 2018!