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London Fashion Week: The 10 Biggest Trends

From Burberry to Mother of Pearl, it was all about velvet and exaggerated sleeves.
From left to right: Peter Pilotto, Burberry, Marques'Almeida, Mary Katrantzou, Roksanda. Photos: Imaxtree

From left to right: Peter Pilotto, Burberry, Marques'Almeida, Mary Katrantzou, Roksanda. Photos: Imaxtree

The second leg of the fall 2016 shows has drawn to a close, and it's time to take a bigger-picture look at what we saw on the London runways. Already, a few big seasonal trends are emerging, like rounded shoulders, super-long sleeves and what we're calling the "Alessandro Michele effect."

See our London highlights below, and be sure to check out New York's fall 2016 trend report as well.

Rounded shoulders

After popping up here and there for a few seasons, the rounded shoulder became the dominant silhouette of the London shows, seen on coats, blouses and dresses.

Collar up

Whether bright, oversized or ribbed, all eyes will be on the collar come fall.

Supersize m(y sleeve)

Say goodbye to your conventionally cut blouses: Next season's sleeves are going big, puffed up Edwardian-style at the shoulder, cut softly in a blouson or left to extend beyond the wrist. Just be careful not to dip yours in ketchup.

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Multi-slit skirts

Midi and knee-length skirts were given a sexy update with split-seams this season, revealing a bit of leg or a second pattern when in motion.

Velvet Underground

Velvet and, to a lesser extent corduroy, was just about everywhere this season — most often in black.

To the max(i)

If you bought a calf or ankle-length coat this fall, rest assured: this trend is here to stay.


Spring 2016's off-the-shoulder trend is set to continue through the fall with peekaboo cutouts that allow a little more coverage on cooler days.

Italian invasion

New York designers weren't the only ones inspired by Alessandro Michele's eccentric mish-mash of wallpaper florals, lace and pussy-bow blouses, pleated skirts and quirky accessories this season. Several London labels showed looks eerily reminiscent of recent Gucci as well as Miu Miu collections.

Tie the knot

Along with big, bright coat collars, this season's pussy-bow blouses and black ribbon neckties promise to draw the eye upward.