Trend Review: London Fashion Week SS19

London Fashion Week showcased incredible direction for Spring/Summer 2019, exhibiting not only abstract, fashion forward looks but also sophisticated, realistic ensembles that could be taken straight to the high street. This was also the first season that LFW did not showcase any fur on the catwalk, making way for revitalized fabric usages and manipulations.

Punk makes a comeback with the return of all over studding, leather and monochromatic palettes seen by the likes of Burberry, Ashley Williams and Asoi in contrast to whimsical, pastel garden party themes.

Whimsical looks were created through loose cut shapes and micro floral spring prints, underpinning femininity with an overall soft aesthetic.

A mixture of sportswear themes were seen across LFW, ranging from full on track ensembles, to athleisure themed outerwear outerwear, in an array of colours and tone mixtures.

Hazard orange and intense green, in neon tones, were favoured throughout LFW – designers showcased head-to-toe looks, however, Matty Bovan doubled up with both the colourways for a statement look. The influence of neon made way for a new colour entry into the season as classic and updated peach tones took to the runway.

Pastels effortlessly continue into SS19, being a key colourway for the season. Calm, neutral cosmetic shades were a popular colour choice across LFW, effortlessly pulling classic looks together.SS19 presented an update and progression in primary colours as seen in racer red, mustard yellow and deep olympic blue which stemmed off into softer powder blues.

Soft sheer fabrications such as chiffons and organza, introduced elements of playful femininity to the catwalk while designers such as Ashish took a theatrical approach by utilising tulle in generous amounts.

All-over sequins deemed to be a common look for SS19 displayed by Jenny Packham in monochromatic sequins to deepen the tones of the garment while Roberta Einer experimented with various colours to create a patterned look. Brocade fabrics exhibited richly textured finishes with colourful patterning and shimmers of metallic accents, providing another playful element to SS19.

SS19 presented an update and progression in primary colours as seen in racer red, mustard yellow and deep olympic blue which stemmed off into softer powder blues.

Clashing and mixed prints were seen across LFW, exhibited by Erdem in contrast fabric blocking, alongside Rixo’s vibrant clashing prints applied in floral and animal prints.

In keeping with pastel themes for SS19, sherbet stripes were a bold statement for the season across woven and knitted tops, in vertical applications and white negative space for a bold colour pop.

Bold and graphic texts were printed across garments, creating a bold statement for the upcoming season in addition to cut-and-paste style graphics on white shirts and jersey tees.

Prints and graphics were also seen in dark ground florals for SS19, breaking out of their strictly winter print hold. Drawing inspiration from old furnishing prints, these prints remain feminine, with their palettes adding a further element of luxury utilized in outerwear garments.

The trapeze dress made an entry into SS19 and is the occasion dress of the season with its rigid form, structured through designers use of organza and head-to-toe pleating.

LFW presented exciting silhouettes for the upcoming season as seen by the 21stcentury cape, which draws clear influence from the trench coat. The hybrid coat displays purposeful asymmetry, oversized pockets and popper style collars in neutral colourways.

Genderless silhouettes continued to grow in popularity amongst designers, with the  oversized blazer indicating a clear key silhouette for the season, indicating updates in hang low hems and oversized shoulders. Updated for summer, skirts were short and legs were left bare, paired with outerwear inspired jackets and zipper and popper detail for a refreshed look.

Tie and rope details were seen across a variation of silhouettes used to manipulate shape – ties were used to volumized sleeves or added utility elements through spaghetti straps while ropes acted as belts to cinch in the waist.

New York Fashion Week presented netting statements which fleshed into LFW as designers such as Nicholas Kirkwood kept all focus on netting while Peter Pilotto and Iceberg opted for layered ensembles both over and under jersey and woven tops.

Intentionally cut-off trouser legs were the outlandish detail of the season, seen across formal and casual wear in core and statement colours.

Most commonly seen across occasion wear, ruched and volumized sleeves were prevalent, showing accentuated shoulders and softer iterations such as the balloon sleeve blouse, easily translated into day wear. The Fashion Week excitement continues as the remaining fashion capitals reveal their SS19 collections and give us insights to the most fashionable pieces, colours, prints and silhouettes for the season.

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