What does the grunge girl wear to work when she grows up? This collection by Daks, which took menswear-inspired fabrics and turned them into loose, cool pieces ready for the office. Occasionally, a feminine, Tumblr-pink floral was mixed in, which helped lighten things up a bit.
Ashley Williams is one of London's coolest designers, and it's not hard to see why: Her clever take on streetwear is funny as well as extremely wearable. For Fall 2017, Williams found inspiration in Western wear, with 10 gallon hats and fringed cowhide prints. My favorite look was the first out: A hoodie tucked into a plaid midi-skirt, topped with a cowboy hat. It's the kind of styling trick only Williams's woman could pull off, but damn did it look good.
For Fall 2017, up-and-coming designer Sadie Williams explored traditional craft with not-so-traditional fabrics. The result were riots of jewel-toned metallics striped across dresses or quilted onto sweatshirts. The coolest look was a striped dress layered over a sequined hoodie — very Joan of Arc meets fashion Cool Girl.
Designer Charlotte Simone is scaling back on outerwear to expand more into her accessories, and that's a smart move: Her striped, furry scarves make for a pretty adorable addition to any outfit. The best news from her Fall 2017 presentation is that she's collaborating with sneaker line Superga on a capsule of fur-trimmed platform tennis whites that are bound to be street style bait. (Bonus: That pink teddy bear backback!)
Central Saint Martins MA Show
There were plenty of interesting looks from the Central Saint Martins MA show — no surprise there — but it was the collection by student Gabriele Skucas that was the most intriguing. It was significantly quieter than the rest on the runway, with a series of modest pleated skirts and pale yellow blouses, the details just slightly off-kilter. Sometimes, though, subtle works: Skucas won the L’Oréal Professionnel Creative Award design, alongside menswear designer Stefan Cooke.
Homepage photo: John Phillips/Getty Images