The 6 Key Trends from London Fashion Week SS23

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London Fashion Week's Spring/Summer 2023 showcase has come to an end and as always, there are a number of key trends that continue to crop up across various shows. From established names like JW Anderson and Molly Goddard to emerging designers like Masha Popova and Lula Laora, this season at LFW saw a number of designers drawing inspiration from similar themes.

From motorsports to metallics, SS23 saw the resurgence of a number of core trends, evidenced through multiple runways and presentations, and we've compiled each of them below for ease. Whether it was Nensi Dojaka's sheer cut-out dresses merging with Karoline Vitto's form-fitting silhouettes or Simone Rocha's eccentric layering placed aside Molly Goddard's tulle-laden combinations, we spotted a number of similarities across the runways that we've no doubt that we'll be seeing everywhere.

Read on to find out more about the six key trends that we noticed from this season at LFW.

Motorsports

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trends london fashion week runway motorsports metallics layering cut outs

Evidenced in both Ancuta Sarca's presentation and David Koma's outdoor runway alongside Lula Laora's film showcase, the motorsports trend is one that's seemingly going nowhere fast. Showcased through striking color palettes of red, black, blue and orange, the trend typically comes in the form of the coveted motorcycle jacket, and has since transcended into racing stripe prints, fusions between feminine and masculine silhouettes and form-fitting materials.

Metallics and Holographics

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trends london fashion week runway motorsports metallics layering cut outs

All that glitters is silver now, apparently. It's the one color that made multiple appearances across the LFW runway and it's clear that no matter what form it takes, silver is here to stay. Whether it's through Edward Crutchley's chrome heels or David Koma's holographic jackets and boots, this season saw multiple shows featuring accents of metallics, glitters and silver. Once relegated to our childhood discos, the newfound color palette seems to be a way to inject a little fun and playfulness intro otherwise sombre outfits, characterized through footwear, accessories or statement pieces.

Feminine Grunge

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trends london fashion week runway motorsports metallics layering cut outs

Once reserved for baggy, oversized pants, the low-rise trend has found a new home in feminine grunge. Fusing elements of old-school punk with feminine rebellion and just a touch of sex appeal, grunge is a style that's had a newfound resurgence recently. Evidenced through the runways of KNWLS, Masha Popova, Chopova Lowena and Dilara Findikoglu, the trend can come in the form of reworked and printed denim, cut-outs, oversized but cropped silhouettes and punk-inspired hairstyles.

Beads Are Back

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trends london fashion week runway motorsports metallics layering cut outs

Texture took center stage at LFW this season, with a number of designers opting for heavy beads, gems, pearls and glassware to take their collections to the next level. Included in that list is Feben, whose models paraded down the runway in beaded dresses and skirts alongside Susan Fang, whose designs were complemented by beaded heels and glass bags and finally, Poster Girl, whose tiny tops featured beaded tassels alongside earrings and necklaces.

Layering Is Key

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trends london fashion week runway motorsports metallics layering cut outs

If there's one thing we've learned this LFW season, it's that no amount of layering is too much layering. There is simply no such thing. We have Simone Rocha and Molly Goddard to thank for that, as each designer's tulle-based designs featured on the runway combined with baggy jeans, oversized bomber jackets and dresses. David Koma's showcase followed suit, with models sashaying down the runway in knee-high boots paired with mesh trousers and skirts alongside oversized dresses.

Sexiness Sells, and Everyone's Selling It

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trends london fashion week runway motorsports metallics layering cut outs

The final trend from LFW's SS23 showcase is possibly the most important: everyone and everything is sexy now. No matter what height, what body type or what it is that you wear, there were a number of designers who showed us that sexiness is simply a state of mind. From Karoline Vitto's curvaceously draped dresses to Sinead O'Dwyer's body-inclusive runway, we saw plenty of sheer fabrics, cut-outs and figure-hugging silhouettes and we saw plenty of different bodies wearing them. At last.