If fashion is a reflection of our times, then the outlook at London Fashion Week was certainly optimistic. On the runway and at presentations throughout the British capital over the past five days, designers played with head-to-toe sequins, voluminous silhouettes and the rainbow flag most commonly associated with the LGBTQ+ community. Before proceedings kick off in Milan, let's take a look at the biggest trends for next season.
The runway was riddled with sequins throughout the duration of London Fashion Week, with many designers choosing to break up collections with fully bedazzled outfits. Temperley London gave multiple shiny disks the ombré treatment, while newcomer Halpern opted for a luxe zebra look.
Chistopher Bailey's last-ever Burberry collection offered an abundance of standout, "see now, buy now" rainbow looks; supermodel-turned-actress Cara Delevingne even closed out the show with a floor-length cape trailing behind her. Elsewhere in the city, Mary Katrantzou debuted a more muted rainbow palette.
Continuing on from NYFW, security blankets remained a prevalent theme for Fall 2018. At Delpozo, Roksanda and Ports 1961, models clutched protective throws around their bodies. MM6 Maison Margiela showed an entirely mirrored, silver collection complete with emergency space sheets.
British heritage fabrics like brocade are back en vogue as of this season. Weighty, metallic executions of the theme were carried out at Erdem, Roland Mouret, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and more.
Tartans and Plaids
A prevalence of tartans and plaids was another example of British heritage fabrics making a comeback. Homegrown talents Emilia Wickstead and Simone Rocha debuted some of the most persuasive takes on the theme.
The exact counterpoint to rainbow flags and sequins, all-black looks littered the collections in London. At Chalayan and Christopher Kane, as at many others, the message was clear: These are clothes for women who mean business.