Five Trends From London Fashion Week Fall 2018
Jacquard, metallics and plaid are just some of the emerging trends of the season
The London shows this season were all about richness—in texture, in fabric, in inspiration. (The jaw-dropping sites the city has to offer served as the perfect complement, with the Tate Britain and the National Portrait Gallery being just a couple of the locations designers chose for their fall/winter 2018 showcases). Our associate editor Pahull Bains was in the British capital for the week’s slate of shows. Here, the five trends she observed dominating the runways.
From space-age tinsel at Ashish’s night bazaar-inspired show to a Studio 54-worthy retro gold gown by Osman to a molten metal jumpsuit at Temperley London, this season’s message is all about standing out in the crowd.
Opulent, old-world brocade took on many forms this season—in a striking lampshade jacket at Mary Katrantzou, an oversized coat at Simone Rocha, and a tailored suit at Christopher Kane. Wear it head to toe for a striking look, or snag one statement piece to dress up your favourite jeans.
In hues ranging from buttercup yellow to classic red, this beloved check showed up time and again on London’s runways—as a suit layered over florals at House of Holland, as a cosy jacket at JW Anderson, and as a blanket coat at Roksanda.
Surface texture was an overarching theme this season. There were multi-coloured crystals dancing from knits at Christopher Kane, circular rivets on a daring cut-out dress at David Koma, and a burst of sequins at Toga. And they weren’t just restricted to clothes—we even spotted ornamentation on the ribbon-tie slingbacks at Erdem, the loafers at Simone Rocha, and the sock pumps at Delpozo.
Florals are perhaps a bit more groundbreaking for fall than they are for spring, and for fall 2018, they took on an unexpected quality—printed on giant puffer coats (Richard Quinn); spliced with tartan (Simone Rocha); on translucent anoraks (Preen); and in moody hues like purple, oxblood and burgundy.