And the fashion flock are off to London! After a
rained-out week of New York fashion, London is offering a chance for editors, buyers, and front-row showgoers to actually wear some of their new fall gear. The biggest event in terms of anticipation was by far Riccardo Tisci’s debut at Burberry, but that wasn’t the only thing to be excited for. Anya Hindmarch kicked off the week with an interactive show encouraging guests to jump on inflatable “clouds,” Jonathan Anderson showed one of his best collections yet, Mary MARY Katrantzou celebrated a milestone, Matty Bovan had escapist theatrical fun, and Gareth Pugh went back to his archives. London Fashion Week feels extra-special this season, as the O.G. Posh Spice has moved back to her stomping grounds to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of her namesake line, Victoria Beckham. Check below for all of the best looks so far from London Fashion Week.
Jonathan Anderson’s bohemian wares are exactly what women will be wanting to wear come spring. The clothes are interesting and thoughtful, but not overwrought. Throw on this dress with a sandal or sneaker and you’ll be ready to take on the day.
Victoria Beckham celebrated her 10-year anniversary in London this season, with a collection full of color and sport. For the woman missing Phoebe Philo’s Céline, there were lots of pieces in this collection that will help fill the hole in your closet.
This week at Halpern, we saw that not
everything has to be in sequin. The designer experimented with new silhouettes, although he was certain to give his clients a dose of what he’s known for: over-the-top colorful, disco-heyday glam.
Though there were quite a few frothy concoctions in tulle in her spring show, Molly Goddard also introduced a few resort-y looks this season that will be essential to a picture-perfect holiday, including this gingham opening look on Edie Campbell.
Victoria Beckham is not the only one celebrating an anniversary this week. Mary Katrantzou has also been in business for 10 years, and her success comes from the steady evolution of her point-of-view and her fantastical digital prints, of which this butterfly number was a standout this season.
The madcap mix of fabrics, textures, and colors at Matty Bovan were pure fun, a genuine rebellion against all of the depressing headlines that we’re inundated with daily.
While Ashley Williams’s tees that read “retired and loving it” were cheeky and fun, quite a few of the animal stripe pieces, including this tiered dress, are a fun way to work zebra into your everyday wardrobe.
Gareth Pugh threw back to a black-and-red archive print this season, one from his graduate collection. It was a punchy color scheme that lent itself well to a voguing-inspired collection.
Alexa Chung’s travel-themed runway collection was chock-full of what the girls who follow her on Instagram will want: easy printed dresses, basket and sac bags, and the occasional jelly sandal.
Ryan Lo certainly allowed himself the pleasure of delving into his greatest fantasy this season. While the spring collection even featured a knight in shining armor (which, some might say, feels very archaic in this day and age), there will certainly be an audience for his über-feminine, fanciful dresses.
While there were perhaps more elaborate looks on Simone Rocha’s spring runway than the one pictured here (others featured large hats and veiling, with signature embroidered flowers), this, in particular, showcases a part of Rocha’s background that she has yet to share through fashion: Eighteenth-century Chinese women and the Chinese festival of Qing Ming (or, literally, Tomb Sweeping Day) inspired this ethereal collection.
Rejina Pyo’s spring collection was a study in color contrasts. Unlikely duos of neon green and pastel blue and this combination of orange and rust with a lilac-hued bag were delightful and surprising, and made us rethink the color-blocking opportunities in our own closet.
Don’t worry, Emilia Wickstead did show her very English and very charming floral prints; her spring collection was filled with dainty pastels. However, it was such a surprise to see this all-black look, with accentuated hips and a—dare we say—almost
It is so nice to see London designers’ bold declarations with color this fashion week, and this feminine dress in sunset hues makes us wish for warmer days spent on holiday.
Christopher Kane has been indulging in shimmer and shine the past few seasons, and who can blame him? Everyone needs a pick-me-up from the daily Brexit headlines. The joy of getting glammed up and throwing on a pair of sneakers is the new, modern way women wish to dress, something that Kane picked up on in his spring 2019 collection.
It’s as if Erdem Moralioglu took a dance through the decades in creating his spring collection for his eponymous line. There were Victorian puff sleeves though to ‘50s nipped waist and full skirt cocktail dresses. Riding habits of yore and oversized bows worthy of Marie Antoinette also took center stage.
The lovely duo behind Rixo London, Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey, offered up another fun and cheeky mixed print collection, set in a farmer’s market. London’s It Girls – including presenter Laura Jackson, who collaborated with Rixo on a capsule collection this season – will certainly snap up the new dresses to wear to their next event.
Richard Quinn, the young designer who famously had
Queen Elizabeth sitting in the front row last season, presented a series of dramatic beaded floral dresses, and sculptural leopard coats. After starting his show with a blank slate (many models walked the runway in all black looks, with their heads, arms, and legs covered) this look was the middle ground between all the flourish and the gothic black. One could easily imagine any cool girl in east London wearing this beaded Hawaiian shirt, and patent pants, for day or night.
While there has been much speculation of Burberry’s new era, one thing is for certain – it will be chock full of shoppable pieces all different kinds of girls will want to snap up – from this souped-up trench coat to specialty denim. Another trench – like one that was carefully embellished with round pearls and white feathers – was an editorial highlights we’re sure to see on the cover of a magazine come next August.