Designers at London Fashion Week flooded the British capital with fearless fashion for the Spring 2019 season. The four-and-a-half-day-long schedule of shows and presentations wrapped up on Tuesday, and provided enough highlights to keep critics entertained for months to come. Both big-name designers like Christopher Kane, Molly Goddard and JW Anderson and some lesser-known labels played well to the hyper-creative stereotype that comes with being part of the London scene.
On the runway, we met a number of familiar protagonists, but each came flecked with new idiosyncrasies that made them fresh for next season. There were punks and princesses, anything-goes eccentrics and smart society figures, as well as wild romantics, English roses and business women. During his much-anticipated debut showing at Burberry, Riccardo Tisci made a case for them all living under one roof.
Before we turn our gaze to Milan, here’s everything you need to know about the standout trends in London.
Next season’s punks vary widely in style. Riccardo Tisci revealed a polished-up version of the trend at Burberry, while Gareth Pugh gave it a cyborg-esque makeover. At Nicopanda, the look read more “space cowgirl” than Sex Pistol.
Tulle + Taffeta
A theatrical amount of tulle and taffeta conjured up multigenerational visions of Miss Havisham throughout shows in the city. Frothy-frill aficionados Molly Goddard and Simone Rocha, as well as Erdem, led the way with some of the trend’s strongest iterations.
Continuing on from the New York shows, netting remained a prevalent theme for Spring 2019. Bookmark this trend as one to watch in Milan and Paris — and consider digging out last season’s fishnet stockings from storage.
Shimmer + Sparkle
Against a gloomy sky, sparkle has often stepped forward as a leading trend in London. This time around, Mary Katrantzou’s couture-like, 10th anniversary collection pushed the boundaries of what shimmer can look like in everyday life.
Pastels aren’t going anywhere next season. If you didn’t consider channeling the soft colors of pistachio ice cream, soft sky blue or a freshly dyed easter egg last spring, now’s your chance.
On the other end of spectrum, bold colors cropped up everywhere at LFW. David Koma and House of Holland took the fluorescent route, while Halpern served up the trend with a ’70s twist.
London designers are still finding inspiration in the bygone shoulders of eighties powersuits. Naturally, those with a good sense of tailoring came out on top here. Some of our favorites include Christopher Kane, Chalayan and JW Anderson.