As we draw near to the close of fashion season, we have seen the shows of Paris and London, and models and designers from around the globe are gathering in Milan for the final shows of the season. As the season draws to a close, therefore, we can take some time to reflect on the A/W 17 trends that emerged during London Fashion Week.
From the 16th to the 21st February, London showcased an assortment of well known, and newly emerging, home grown designers and labels. The powerhouse of Burberry drew eyes from across to globe, however, it was the up and coming labels that stood out in this week of fashion prowess. From these shows, as varied and numerous as they were, a few clear ‘ready to wear’ trends have emerged! The runways weren’t the only thing to watch, though, as London street style has once again stunned the globe and provided a hint as to what to look out for in the coming months.
When thinking about your next fashion buys as we transition from Winter to Spring, street style can give you all the clues you need to create your own transitional wardrobe. Models, fashion editors and bloggers alike take to the streets of London in ready to wear couture and high street styles that are easy to emulate and to take inspiration from. Having explored the Street Style galleries of what feels like one thousand magazines, and delving into the Instagram accounts and blogs of several well-known UK fashion bloggers, a few clear ‘must haves’ have emerged.
Predictably, military coats and the mac are still alive and well. Whether sporting a classic camel, grey or black, or getting a little more creating with bright, emerald greens and cobalt blues, statement button military jackets and casual macs are a Winter to Spring must have!
In a strange subversion of seasonal trends, however, the London Fashion gang have made straw bags the accessory to have. In an article written for Harper’s Bazaar, writer Ella Alexander ponders as to whether this trend is simply dressing for the season that you want, not necessarily the one that you have! Indeed, the wicker bag has long been associated with sunny days, trips to the beach and holidays, so perhaps the wearing of one all year round in turn evokes these happy and sunny feelings even on the cloudiest of London day.
In another unique ready to wear trend this season, statement sleeves appear to be here to stay! Big, ostentatious sleeves, most regularly paired with pastels and knitwear, provide a perfect transitional knit for Winter/Spring 17. Looking to the runway, for what may be an up and coming ready to wear trend also, statement pockets appeared as a frequent feature of many London shows. British Vogue heralds this innovation as a lesson in jollity, as the pocket is brought out of the realms of mere function and into that of the versatile fashion accessory.
In another runway to pavement style this season, tweed has made a striking comeback. A fundamentally British fabric, tweed has been at the epicentre of British style for centuries. During Fashion Week 2017, however, British designers have brought their A game and shown that you can most definitely teach a new dog some new tricks! Tweed, seen both in street style and on the runway, has taken on a far more experimental capacity and is maintaining its relevance in British fashion even today.
London Fashion Week 2017 has seen the rise of a wide variation of fashion essentials, supporting the growing notion in the industry that your individuality is the most on trend thing to wear. Contrasting colours, ‘slouch style’ and boho-dress has adorned the streets of London along with the typical Parisian style we all imagine when someone says ‘Fashion Week’. This variety, however, is what truly makes London Fashion Week a fascinating event and a lesson in inclusion. Fashion week is about celebrating the individual, both on the runway and in the audiences. It is a living, breathing example of how the most beautiful things come from a place where we can all unite, embrace our differences and our individuality, and put on a show of what London, as a multicultural and complex city, can bring to the fashion world.