London Fashion Week Highlights
Fashion Week got off to a politically fuelled start in New York which left us expecting to see a Brexit revolution take over London’s catwalks. Thankfully London’s political feelings are not as raw. See below our key highlights from the week.
Tutu and No Tiara
Tulle has been a misjudged fabric, often being associated with pretty, cliché ballerina looks. Autumn/ Winter 17 tulles are dark and sheer, layered over shirting, graphics and dresses for a rebellious romantic look. This clash speaks to the play between harder, more edgy looks and a feminine overtone which has been up trending for the past season and into this season. The emphasis on sheers will be important in updating layering pieces not only for summer styling look but obviously also into the Autumn / Winter top and dress categories, with frills and doubled-up seams bringing opaque relief to the pieces.
Extending the historic looks we’ve seen up-trending in the past two seasons, Gothic and Pagan dressing bring a fresh take to the runways this season. Smooth velvets, embellished sheers, in draped, ruched or flowing shapes reinvent elements of modern tailoring, thrown together into a cauldron of rich wine and ink tones resulting in a powerfully seductive looking potion. The plush and sheer, luxurious handle fabrics lend themselves to autumnal collections, strong within the separates and dress categories.
Winter is cold, so cold some mornings that it is almost impossible to even contemplate getting out of bed. The solution? Wear your duvet. The runways saw their fair share on wadded and padded looks, and as a high street staple its exciting to see new ways that this winter design necessity is evolving into more fashionable silhouettes, from wrap like looks to sleeve emphasis. This look will be key for innovation in the outerwear and jacket categories for the new Autumn season.
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