If London Fashion Week has taught us anything, it’s these ten things, which cover pretty much all the bases.
The hottest event in the fashion calendar for Londoners is over for another season, but its influence will hang around much longer. This month’s London Fashion Week (LFW) was as big and buzzing as you would expect, but what are the key takeaways from the event? Read on to find out.
- LFW by numbers
The latest edition of LFW was the 65th and featured 51 catwalk shows, 32 presentations and hosted 5,000 celebrity guests. And to help keep the fashionistas going, 20,000 espressos were served and 5,000 glasses of prosecco quaffed.
- It’s not just about the shows, the invites are sumptuous too
Getting an invite to one of this year’s hottest show is exciting for multiple reasons. It’s not just the prospect of potentially sitting next to Katy Perry on the frow (front row to me and you), but also the invitations themselves. Mulberry, for example, sent its invite out with a beautiful squirrel- embroidered purse
- Fashion is political
The whole world has gone political and fashion is no exception. From statements on Trump and Brexit to anti-fur messages, we saw it all on the runways and in the crowds at LFW. Some have even suggested that the trend for huge mattress coats is in response to our need to protect ourselves from the apocalypse.
- Everyone ages, including models, and it’s time to embrace it
One of the issues that was brought to light at this year’s LFW was the lack of use of ageing models. While there was a protest against sticking to young people on the catwalk, Simone Rocha did it best in leading by example with some of fashion’s most iconic legends strutting their stuff and it was fierce.
- It’s all about the B words
So, what about what we should all be wearing? Big, bold and blue – well anything beginning with a B really – is what is required. And one shade of blue shone brighter than any other at LFW – Nicoll blue – created in tribute to the late designer Richard Nicholl, it is said to represent the shirts he wore, his college anorak and the colour of his eyes.
- Forget the usual autumn/winter rules and go floral
Another big trend to look out for in autumn/winter 2017 will be florals. Usually reserved for springtime collections, these classic prints are pushing the rich tones of autumn aside for a more summery look.
- Richard Malone is the one to watch
You may not have heard of him… yet, but Richard Malone is a top talent for the future. He graduated in 2014 and has already had awards and accolades heaped upon him, as well as being featured in top publications, including Vogue. His LFW presentation was everything you would expect from such an up-and-coming designer.
- Annabel’s was the place to be
Annabel’s private members’ club was the hottest ticket in town during LFW when LOVE magazine and Burberry hosted a special London Fashion Week party. Unfortunately for Millie Mackintosh and Hugo Taylor of Made In Chelsea fame, they were turned away at the door.
- You can now get many of the catwalk styles straight away
While LFW looked forward to AW17, shoppers like us don’t have to wait to get our hands on the catwalk styles. Some designers, including Topshop Unique and Burberry, have launched collections that are available to buy straight away.
- LFW 2017’s top bloggers
It may be the designers who decide what they put on the catwalk during LFW, but it’s the bloggers whose style we really take notice of. Among those who have piqued our interest are Emilie Higle of My Little Fashion Diary; Toula Rose, who focuses on affordable fashion; and Arabella Greenhill from What I Wear When.