The London Lassie explores the best trends seen at London Fashion Week…
It’s that time of year again. We’ve not even managed to slip a toe into Alexander Wang’s SS13 white strappy sandals before we’re witnessing the styles of next winter. Fashion is exhausting. A lot of worldwide editors used to take a breather during London shows, going straight to Milan from New York. Not any more It seems every season, the British dose of catwalk stomping gets stronger. And with British designers such as Christopher Kane growing rapidly, it seems things can only get better from here.
This season London showed a hell of a lot of textures, colours, and cuts. But, after putting the looks through the fashion filter here comes the top trends. Take mental note though: you’ve yet to embrace the summer styles…
After London collections it’s clear punk is huge for next winter, and with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art launching a major punk retrospective in May, it came as no surprise. What better place to celebrate this rebellious culture than the big smoke – the birthplace of the movement.
Ashish used Mohican rocking tomboy models dressed in plaid smocks and stilettos. Clements Ribeiro showed us glamour puss punks who wore fierce pointed leather ankle boots with cute kilts and embellished collared black shirts. Todd Lynn juxtaposed the sleekness of his tailored suits and beautiful lace combos by piercing his models’ septums with bull hooks. Holly Fulton, who usually showcases ladylike designs, showed the eagerly awaiting crowd red and black speckled biker jackets, leather pleated skater skirts, pointy punk ankle boots and red lipstick lined with dark pencil. And the star studded Unique show showed PVC is the fabric next season with the likes of Cara Delevingne rocking the catwalk in PVC pencil skirts and oversized aviator jackets.
Next winter we’ll be wearing: plaid, PVC, quiffs, stiletto ankle boots, black, red, oversized biker jackets, facial piercings, and bright eye make up.
Although London showed that winter shades need not be dreary with copious pinks and cornflower blue hues, there was one clear shade that made an appearance – dark olive. Think the colour of a really rich and expensive olive oil mixed with an army uniform. Thanks to Jonathan Saunders, John Rocha, Mulberry, Daks, and many more for giving us this delicious shade to wear next season.
Next winter we’ll be wearing: all-in-one rich green leather combos, olive A-line dresses with PVC belts and dark khaki macs.
Skirts over trousers:
The likes of Mulberry,Clements Ribeiro and Todd Lynn have reconciled an unusual pair – the skirt and trouser. They had a brief fling in the 90s and early noughties when teenage girls wore the combo to Boyzone and B*Witched gigs nationwide, but the trend didn’t last long. Could this pair be back together for good? As The Reunion hits our TVs, perhaps there will be a bit more than nostalgic music memories coming back…
Next winter we’ll be wearing: ask again later…
Winter can be a dreary time for the style savvy – but never fear, the likes of Antipodium, Giles and Issa showed that metallics are the way to go next season. Think brash gold shown by the likes of KTZ, Giles, L’Wren Scott and Issa.
Next winter we’ll be wearing: Metallic gold party dresses, shiny silver suits, and gleaming parkas.
There’s only one way to keep your head warm next season – an extra large beanie. Yeah yeah yeah, this was shown a lot in New York by designers such as Alexander Wang and half of the attendees but everyone knows this is a British trend!? Started by East London kids (ahem last year, Manhattan) designers have picked up on the street style trend. And anyone who people-watched at Somerset house must have been blind if they didn’t notice the army of Prosecco sipping camera snapping bright beanie wearers. Shown by the likes of Giles and Sister by Sibling in London – it’s clear a giant knitted wonder is the only thing to wear on your head next season. But Brits did it first, okay?