London Fashion Week is always spectacular, but you know it’s truly something special when you have Queen Elizabeth II sat in the front row! She attended the Richard Quinn show, but which other shows got everyone talking?
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Here’s a rundown of our favourite catwalks from the event:
On Day Two, Burberry brought colour to the catwalk! Fusing stand-out shades onto contemporary casual wear, Burberry retained its image as a forward-thinking, urban brand.
Key pieces that caught our eye included blush-pink sweaters, scarlet jackets and chunky lemon jumpers. For an extra splash of colour, Burberry showcased rainbow sparkles and multi-coloured gilets. This was creative director Christopher Bailey’s final show for Burberry, and he dedicated his last collection to: “the best and brightest organisations supporting LGBTQ rights around the world”. Once most famous for its traditional beige checks and trench coats, Burberry’s intelligent use of colour and drive for hyper-modern street wear and athleisure clothing has made it one of London Fashion Week’s standout shows.
How can you get Burberry’s catwalk look? Start by choosing bright colours and bold prints. Select contemporary athleisure styles — such as bomber jackets and oversized sweatshirts — and never shy away from check prints and the streamlined silhouette of a vintage trench coat.
Simone Rocha brought a very different vibe to the catwalk with her hauntingly, vintage-inspired show. Setting the mood with flickering candles in chandeliers, Rocha stepped out of her black-lace-dress comfort zone and into a world of historic grandeur.
Perfectly channelling Edwardian style, the collection featured maxi dresses with satin bows, patterned tulle and elegant ruches. But you’d be way off the mark if you thought Rocha brought only early 19th-century designs to the catwalk. The most impressive aspect of Rocha’s pieces was the flawless transition to styles from across the centuries. Alongside the embroidered traditional outfits, we also saw 1980s-style power suits and 1970s-inspired, punky tartan outfits. Designer, Simone Rocha, said: “I have double-breasted jackets and blazers, layered with dresses with the Edwardian scoop neckline.”
Recreate this by incorporating vintage pieces in your look to create a contemporary outfit. Rocha is a master of luxury layering, so blend Victoriana collars under gothic leather jackets and voluminous tulle skirts over platform shoes to encapsulate the look of multi-era femininity.
Changing the mood entirely from Rocha’s vintage delight was Michael Halpern, who presented 70s-inspired styles complete with glitter and sequins.
The entire collection embodied disco fever. Huge hoop earrings, zebra-print boots under shimmery red coats, and bare-shoulder tops over half-and-half technicolour trousers signalled a leap towards confident 1970s fashion in 2018. Not only did Halpern wow the audience with Studio-54 designs, but he also showcased the importance of body-flattering cuts. Think thigh-skimming sequin dresses, figure-fitted retro jumpsuits, uber-high platforms, and disco-ball colours and you have Halpern’s 1970s glamour trend down.
Essentially, Halpern’s collection was permission to inject colour and vibrancy into our wardrobes — and we love it.
Vampy, feminine sensuality came in the form of Day Four’s Christopher Kane collection. Red lace dresses, black leather accents and diamante-fringed mini dresses all featured.
The essence of Christopher Kane’s show was perfectly encapsulated by the slogan ‘More Joy’, which emblazoned one of the model’s jumpers. “I have never shied away from sex in the collections — and this is no different,” said the designer.
Channel a similar vibe in sheer lace, or subtly introduce accents through crystal embellishments and faux fur trims to showcase your feminine flair.
Powerful silhouettes designed to showcase the female shape embodied the Roksanda AW18 collection.
Because the collection was inspired by dance and performance artist, Caroline Denervaud, each piece fitted the models to perfection, even as they walked. In terms of colours, there was quite a selection, with blues, pinks, yellows, and oranges dominating.
Models walked in silk wrap tops with tie-waists, mesh skirts and flared trouser suits. Floaty silhouettes reigned supreme, allowing for a more fluid outline and creating an undulating figure that all women can enjoy. Silk and satin were prominent fabrics in the Roksanda collection, while high-necklines and ankle-length hems were also important to the aesthetic of the catwalk.
To recreate this look, choose pastel colours and floaty, romantic shapes. Wrap your body in loose, silk shirts and culottes finished with a long coat or add mystery to your figure with tulle dresses, balloon-sleeve blouses and wrap-around cardigans.
Now you know what the fashion year ahead will bring, you can truly cement your style queen status with some runway-inspired looks.
You can catch up here with my tips for the Spring/Summer fashion trends for 2018.
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