It’s come and gone as fast as you can say “Was that the Queen??”. This week the fashion industry descended upon London for the twice-yearly celebration of style, including a spectacular 5 days of designer shows, street style photography and celeb spotting.
As always London Fashion Week’s AW’18 schedule boasted a plethora of new talent, fresh faces, creative designs and intriguing new trends.
We walk you through the best bits of LFW, including what to expect from the new season…
With the ‘blackout’ sweeping the red carpets at the Baftas as well as the Golden Globes, is the colour you choose to wear now a political statement? For autumn/winter 2018 the only colour-way that speaks louder than black is the rainbow!
On Saturday night Burberry bid a fond farewell to its designer of 17 years, Christopher Bailey. In his final showcase for the brand, Bailey presented an amalgamation of a new rainbow check – created in support of three LGBT charities. His poster girl, Cara Delevingne closed the show in a floor length faux fur rainbow coat, while Edie Campbell sported a bold puffa gilet.
Marking a highlight of LFW, the who’s who of the fashion industry turned out to support Bailey in his final hurrah. Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Keira Knightley and Idris Elba were amongst the audience who rewarded him with an extended and well-deserved standing ovation.
This trend creeped onto our radar last season and it looks set to boom for AW’18. Spotted on the stars of the FROW, as well as the London catwalks, Corduroy is revived and revamped this year. If you’re not a fan, don’t panic – forget the stuffy corduroy dungarees you were forced into as a child, this reincarnation sees the staple 70s fabric get a seriously sexy makeover. Think cocktail corduroy, as seen in shows including Emilia Wickstead, Roland Mouret and Erdem.
The New Skirt
Skirts were celebrated on the new season London catwalks. As we wave goodbye to (the slightly overdone) pleated skirt, we see a revival of the pencil skirt – but wear it long, it has to be long. We saw them buttoned up at Christopher Kane, wrap skirts at Rejina Pyo, or full length at Roland Mouret. For further style points, incorporate a silk scarf into your skirt, as seen by Toga. Little pops of silk scarves were seen across the shows through cut-out sections, within structural pleats, or edging out beneath a hemline.
Following the lead of The Duchess of Cambridge (at the Baftas), deep, forest-green stood out as London Fashion Week’s colour of the season. At Erdem we saw rich olive green, Preen showcased cocktail dresses in what could only be described as lurid green and Delpozo added green to their polka-dots.
The latest trending silhouette for trousers is all about height. High waistlines – hitched up on the waist with a belt – and higher hemlines, exposing just a touch of ankle. At Margaret Howell, we saw stiff structured trews belted and worn with white socks, while Delpozo rocked classic cream peg-leg trousers with pretty pink blouses. Fancy suiting up? Take inspiration from Roksanda who teamed their straight-leg pants with matching jackets – or take a feminine cue from Simone Rocha, where classic tailoring was adorned with lady-like touches including large bows sewn on the knees and ankles of trousers, and ribbons and ruffles on the shoulders.
Time To Shine?
Dare we say it, with the autumn/winter trend package, inevitably the ‘C-word’ arises. For those of you who are happy to skip past the summer season (do such people exist?) and look towards the sparkle of Christmas 2018, LFW didn’t disappoint. The catwalks offered up an array of sequins, sparkle and tinsel-like touches. We’ll leave it at that.
Backstage at LFW
The buzz behind London Fashion week this season was undeniable. From Christopher Bailey’s send off show (including the ‘buy-it-now’ Burberry allure), to JW Anderson’s gender neutral show, and from an array of dazzling fresh creative talent to a star studded affair (both in the audience and on the catwalks) backstage at LFW was a hive of energy and photo-opportunities…
For many fashion-fans the allure of any Fashion Week is heightened by the catwalks that take to the streets throughout the five day style celebration. With street style trends making as big an impact as the shows themselves these days, we all await the image galleries unfolding. This season the best dressed people from the capital embraced colour. Taking a lead from Christopher Bailey’s rainbow palette, we saw everything from bold brights to pretty pastels, and electric neons to candy stripes.
Could there be any other highlight than spotting The Queen appearing in the infamous front row at London Fashion Week for the first time? In LFW’s best-kept secret, Her Highness wore a duck egg blue two-piece and sat next to fashion royalty Dame Anna Wintour. The unlikely pair watched the showcase of designer Richard Quinn, who the Queen later awarded the inaugural ‘Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design’. Depicting Quinn’s success, The Queen described the award as her “legacy” to British fashion.
Eve Brannon, Fashion and Features Editor