London Fashion Week always sets the bar in the fashion world. What we see here in the shows and on the catwalks will features heavily in autumn/winter trends and this year we are in for a treat as fashion goes bold and colourful. Let me take you through some of these top trends that will filter through and you can be expecting to add to your wardrobes.
- 80s influences
We saw lots of references to the 80s at New York Fashion week at Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford and its all over the London catwalks as well. This totally cements it as a mega AW18 trend. But don’t worry, i know the 80s involved some major fashion fails however designers have incorporated only elements of this decade. Think more over-sized ruffles and frills, double denim and power shoulders than Madonna ‘like a virgin’ fancy dress! I love these super cool sunglasses by Black Eyewear. The frames are all inspired by the eyewear worn by the jaziz musicians of the 50s. All the designs are unique but have a vintage feel.
2. Ditsy Florals
We normally associate floral patterns with spring/summer however we saw Emilia Wickstead AW18 collection showcasing pastel shades head to toe and beautiful bloom prints. It makes for such a delicately feminine look, however I’ve teamed my Shu Shu Tong dress with a leather jacket by Zadig et Voltaire to give it a little edge. I love this cute pastel pink bag from Eudon Choi collection with Decke. Whether it be pretty ditsy prints or larger flower patterns expect to see florals everywhere all the way through the summer to autumn/winter.
3. Rainbow Bright
I enjoyed an amazing evening at The London Edition to celebrate the launch of Salt-T by Project 0. A collection of sustainable tee shirts have all been customised by artists, designers and friends of Project 0 with 100% of the profits from sales going towards restoring mangroves in the Caribbean.
I totally embrace the funniest trend to come out of LFW – Rainbow! Everybody needs a little extra colour in their life, especially in these miserable winters days. You can’t see a rainbow without feeling happy, so wearing one is going to make you feel super happy! Burberry showcased huge iconic rainbow motifs on jumpers, dresses and coats. It was literally the talk of the town and we’re set to see rainbow motifs everywhere this coming autumn/winter season. Elsewhere Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou used rainbow ombré shades. If rainbow motifs are not your thing then use beautifully bold coloured pieces to create a rainbow of your own. I’ve complimented this blue Shu Shu Tong skirt with a bright orange Baum Und Pferdgarten hoodie and neon pink coat by Theory. So enjoy wearing this celebration of colours!
4. Transparency Trend
Everything see-through is definitely having a moment. We saw many designers using transparent fabrics to great effects. Chanel showcased plastic hats and boots and Burberry sheer plastic trenches. Fendi opted for a softer approach with beautiful sheer chiffon dresses displaying matching triangle bra lets and a full brief. This is actually a very simple look to achieve, however the layering finish is very glamorous. I’ve worn this beautiful dress from Baum Und Pferdgarten with a zip up black turtle neck dress underneath. Depending on how brave you’re feeling, you can mix it up with whatever you choose to wear, or not wear underneath.
I’ve added this gorgeous grey bucket bag by Alexandra de Curtis. She creates such clean and simple lightweight leather designs that compliment every outfit.
5. Over the knee boots
When the first day of London Fashion Week falls unexpectedly on Chinese New Year I couldn’t possibly wear anything else than this delightful dress by Rixo. I’ve teamed it with these daring red over the knee leather boots by Fendi. These are the perfect day or night footwear, giving a relaxed but effortlessly chic look with a sexy little flash of skin at the thighs. You literally wear over the knee boots with everything, oversized jumpers, shirt dresses, skirts or over skinny jeans. They give a modern chic twist on a normal everyday outfit.
6. Pleated skirts
Whether it be a dress or skirt pleats give a wonderful feminine and playful feel. The pleated skirt is the must have skirt for this spring/summer and autumn/winter. Pleated skirts work best either at a midi level or full length, and in a soft floaty fabric like chiffon or silk. You can wear elegant with heels, casual with flats or sport-luxe with trainers.
I’ve matched my emerald green skirt with my beautiful green diamond necklace from De Beers. Green diamonds are considered rarest of the rare and symbolise youthfulness and harmony.
7. Power suits
At the Alice Temperley AW18 show models displayed her latest collection with an airforce inspired vision for autumn. This created a tougher side to Temperley Woman which usually showcases an ultra feline collection of modern British Bohemia. This empowering woman collection gives a nod to the power suit trend we’ll be seeing this year. Trouser suits gives such an elegant look and can be adapted to most situations. I’ve worn my beautiful Stine Goya suit with a delicate tee and heels. The multi coloured piping adds a playful twist and is accentuated by my bubble gum pink handbag by Ming Ray.
Who doesn’t love a bit of daytime sparkle? Why should we save all our sparkles for nighttime? Well the nest biggest trend for AW18 is sparkle, the more the merrier. Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs both showcased sparkles and sequins in their collections. If head to toe sequins seems altogether too much for you then opt for a sparkle patterned dress like mine by Rixo. This intergalactic print gives the impression of super sparkly sequins and you can add embellishment to your accessories instead. I’ve worn a bag and ankle boots by Aruna Seth. This British designer loves to use Swarovski crystals and embellishments. She’s dedicated to creating glamour out shoes that help to elongate the legs whilst maintains the luxury of comfort whatever the heel height.
9. Heritage fabrics
Britain is the master of the heritage fabric. Christopher Kane showcased full length tweed coats and Emilia Wickstead used classic Saville Row fabrics to influence her collection. I love this deep blue tartan print coat by Eudon Choi. It has such a luxurious feel. Expect to see tartan, herringbone and tweed pieces featuring heavily this year.
Be on trend with the coolest braids this year too. Festival type braids are cute, while these sleek yet romantic plaits add a modern touch to a classic outfit.
I’m wearing these super cool sunglasses by Moy Atelier, beautifully handmade in Japan.
10. Shine bright like a diamond
I absolutely adore fashion week and London has to be one of my favourites. I love seeing what trends are forecast for the year ahead, however there’s one item that simply just doesn’t waiver. That’s diamonds. I’m wearing the most incredible yellow diamond earrings and necklace from De Beers. They are simply stunning. De Beers has been the home of diamonds since 1888 and is know worldwide for creating the finest diamond jewellery that you will treasure forever.
I’ve layered a leather jacket by Skiim London over this beautiful ethereal gown by Theory. I think it’s great the way a leather jacket can totally change the feel to an outfit. I encourage everyone to have at least a classic black leather jacket in their wardrobe. Throw it over a plain white tee and jeans or add an edge to a flirty dress. Leather jackets are so versatile these days, experiment with colour too. Cream leather is great for a chilly summer evening while an olive green is a game changer.