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London Fashion Week was extra special this season for two main reasons: First, Queen Elizabeth II attended her first ever runway show for Richard Quinn, the recipient of her inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. Second, Christopher Bailey bid goodbye to Burberry, staging his final show for the British fashion house, a brand he has been with and helped grow into a multi-billion-dollar enterprise in the past 17 years.
Designers like Quinn, who are still emerging in the fashion industry, as well as seasoned designers like Bailey, are a reminder that both new and old talent continue to shine at LFW. New brands like Halpern showed alongside successful labels like Marques Almeida, Simone Rocha, and Ashish, all of which continue to provide the flair and design wit that fashionistas have always loved about British design. This year was no different, with the exception of one newcomer who was not British, but Spanish: Delpozo. The brand has shown at NYFW for the past five seasons, but decided to decamp to LFW for the first time this year.
Below, see the top four trends from London Fashion Week, and shop them now via our curated Polyvore trend boards:
Christopher Bailey’s last show at Burberry paid tribute to the LGBTQ community in a powerful display of rainbow pride. His collection was full of color: rainbow-colored knits, ponchos, and coats all layered and intermixed with Burberry’s classic check print. Other designers jumped onboard, with a 1970s style peace and love aesthetic, like Ashish’s “All I Want Is Love” sweater and Molly Goddard’s take on a ’70s psychedelic dress.
With Phoebe Philo soon to be out at Céline, is minimalism on its way out, too? Perhaps. At LFW, maximalist style thrived. Designers appear to be shifting towards bold, vibrant prints, colors, and cuts, as seen at Delpozo, Halpern, Richard Quinn, and Burberry. This fall, don’t be nervous about mixing and matching your favorite bold floral printed dresses, blouses, coats, and even patterned hosiery. Remember, fortune favors the bold.
Tartan has been a part of Scottish history that continues to be reinvented, whether adopted by the grunge era, or by preppy and cheery Cher Horowitz on Clueless. For Isa Arfen’s first runway show at LFW, the designer introduced several tartan looks, including the off-the-shoulder ruffled blouse shown above, styled with cuffed jeans. As these British designers suggest, tartan can also be worn on dressier occasions, like Simone Rocha, who debuted a red-and-black bowtie tartan dress.
Logo mania and political statements have dominated seasons past, but now it’s all about quick-witted slogans. Mary Katrantzou was inspired by the iconic German architecture school Bauhaus for her latest collection, putting “Work of Art” across the hem on one of her heavy graphic dresses. Marques Almeida splashed “Power Woman” across a sweatshirt, while Christopher Kane took a more somber approach, writing “More Joy” on a black turtleneck.
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