London Fashion Week kicked off on Friday as the second in the set of four of the big international fashion weeks and so far, the five-day showcase has been far from a quiet affair.
So far one of the most notable trends to emerge from London Fashion Week has been the prominent air of activism both on and off the catwalk. This season, London still holds the proud position as the first of the major fashion weeks to go fur-free for the first time in its 34 year history. Recent years have seen a rise in anti-fur protests at London Fashion Week from 25 in 2016 up to over 250 last season so unsurprisingly, this fur-free move is welcomed by many who have petitioned it for years.
Further activism witnessed on the catwalks included Vivienne Westwood’s decision to use her runway time as a political stage including an appearance from actress and anti-harassment activist Rose McGowan as well as the show’s models wearing clothes emblazoned by political statements.
On a lighter note, Victoria Beckham’s collection embraced its opportunity to spice up the catwalk as the designer, who originally shows in New York, returned to London Fashion Week for her second of two consecutive showcases. Models wore chunky knits and loose-fitted dresses, a far cry from the figure-hugging designs that launched her fashion career ten years previous. After the show, came the tongue-in-cheek after party where the former Spice Girl not only celebrated her AW19 collection show but also the official launch of her YouTube channel. Posh Spice danced the night away with the Spice Girls drag tribute act and even joined in on the tribute’s performance of “Wannabe”.
On the street style front, the London Fashion Week Street Style crew appear to embrace all things beige as the trend du jour to be seen in by the FROW. From camel to caramel, the universally flattering shade has taken over, dominating the wardrobes of the fashion folk of London. Other trend approaches include innovative layering, a whole lot of acid denim with splashes of neon and animal print continuing to leave their mark as 2019’s biggest trends.
As usual, the street style set caught our attention just as much (if not more) than runway collections, providing both wardrobe envy and inspiration in the space of one shot. Scroll through to see the best of London Fashion Week Street Style looks so far.