As quickly as the champagne, celebrities and drop dead gorgeous fashion rolled into town for London Fashion Week, they’ve disappeared off again to finish the fashion season in Europe. However, they’ve left behind a taster of what’s to come for SS17. We count down the top 10 trends we spotted that we know you’ll want to wear.
For The Frill of It
Many of us have been enjoying the frilled trend this summer and the good news is, it’s returning again next year. We’re looking to Preen’s ruffled flamenco sleeves, tiered skirts at Daks and off-the-shoulder, Southern belle dresses at House of Holland for inspiration.
Ladies in Lavender
There’s a sickly sweet side to SS17 in the form of sugarplum colours, in particular lavender and violet. We noted it in Aspinal of London’s ladylike handbags, Anya Hindmarch’s boxy raglan coats and Antonio Berardi’s billowing sleeve blouses. They’ll look perfect posed next to West London’s pastel-painted mews.
Perfectly summarising London’s mix of old and new, the retro sub-cult that fuses a love of Victorian macabre and the futuristic EDM scene made an appearance on the catwalk. Think braided hair with dark makeup and lots of neon and silver. Fyodor Golan’s futuristic presentation, which fused reality and virtual reality, is the epitome of this fun trend.
We took a trip to London’s modern art galleries next. We noted a number of graphic prints that look like they’d been taken straight from the sketchbooks of Kandinsky and Miró in abstract shapes and primary colours. Particular favourites included Teatum Jones’ board shorts, and Isa Arfen’s voluminous midi skirts.
Florals? For Spring? Ground-breaking. We know, but we can’t help but buy into it (especially since it comes around again every year) and florals come in many shapes and sizes. For SS17 they were illustrated and cartoonish. Think Celia Birtwell and Mary Quant in the swinging sixties. You’ll be able to bring them back thanks to Christopher Kane, Aquascutum and Markus Lupfer.
Disco Isn’t Dead
Perhaps in an homage to the wave of London nightclubs that have shut down there was a sense of the 1990s clubbing scene in the air. Whether it was through the soundtracks on the catwalks or the sporty mesh crop tops, flashes of neon and sleeveless turtlenecks the message was clear… party on Londoners.
The fashion magpies will be hanging around London next season as all things shiny are set to be on our radar. It’s certainly the party dress code of the season thanks to Julien MacDonald’s flesh flashing dresses, Mother of Pearl’s shining bronze ruffle skirts (two trends in one!) and Temperley London’s shimmering rainbow pyjama suit.
There’s a whole new meaning to ‘barely-there dresses’ for SS17. Along with Victorian gothic styles come ghostly gauze dresses that wisp around the body. Look to Simone Rocha for washed out, sheer white dresses, Molly Goddard for layered tulle petticoats and Erdem for rag-sleeved lace maxis.
We’re in for a bumpy ride next spring/summer so make sure you put safety first in the season’s trend for buckles on everything. J.W. Anderson had them hanging loose from quilted jackets, while Versus took it to a whole new level with Nu Rock-style boots and belts for bras.
Nice ‘n’ Stripey
It’s a season of two halves for London’s designers. While on the one hand the overarching themes seem to be for dark, fussy and shining fashion, some designers are stripping it back to basics. This was most apparent in the amount of strong, monochrome stripes from some of London’s most renowned minimalists J. JS Lee, Margaret Howell and Palmer//Harding.