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6 London Fashion Week trends to know about

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LFW may be over but what we’ve seen on the catwalks lives on. London may be known as the edgiest of the fashion weeks, but wearable trends still emerged from the array of brandas showing their latest designs.

With every fashion week, new trends emerged. While the shows were presenting Autumn/Winter collections, nothing stops us from picking up on a few trends and incorporating them in our wardrobes now.

Here are 6 LFW trends we cannot wait to see everywhere.

1. Tailoring

Post Covid, we’re back at the office and the designers of LFW know it. Tailoring is always big in London, home of Savile Row and the perfect suit.

This year, everyone embraced the trend, from Yuzefi to Eudon Choi and Emilia Wickstead.

Suits were seen everywhere, but the return to the office trend also appeared as oversized collars and sleeves.

And of course, nobody forgot the best accessory to go with a perfectly tailored blazer: the tie. S.S Daley went for sequins while David Koma opted for simple skinny ties.

2. Wednesday

Everyone’s been watching hit TV show Wednesday, including LFW designers.

The dark and macabre was seen on the runway left right and centre, with Bora Aksu even elevating the fictional character as his muse.

A dark palette was seen at Chet Lo, Simone Rocha, Edward Crutchley and KKW by Kay Kwok.

David Koma made ample use of latex and Mowalola themed her collection around Dark Web.

While Autumn/Winter is usually a more sombre affair than Spring/Summer, this LFW really embraced the moodiness on another level and we’re here for it.

3. Mad Prints

To offset all the black, mad prints took centre stage at LFW. Think baby chicks, piglets and even Tesco bags – no, seriously.

Christopher Kane was the mastermind behind the chicks, piglets and rats’ dresses.

JW Anderson took a trip to supermarket Tesco and seemed to have decided to upcycle his shopping bags into a dress. Burberry offered duck prints and Robyn Lynch went all out with her clover pattern knits.

If Wednesday Addams isn’t your cup of tea, LFW will have you covered in mad prints next winter.

4. Knots

The nautical theme will be big next year, according to LFW.

Stripes at SS Dale, knots and bows at Simone Rocha, Richard Quinn and Huishan Zhang, neckties and collars courtesy of Simone Rocha and Paul & Joe.

While this was not the most obvious of trends in London, the nautical knots were still seen on enough catwalks that we took notice. Plus, it’s a trend that’s so easy to embrace it would be silly to pass up.

5. More is More

Headlines about the shortages of everything may abound, but one thing London designers didn’t run out of is fabric.

Christopher Kane, Molly Goddard, Roksanda… they all managed to get their hands on lots and lots of fabric and made good use of it.

Floor-length gowns were everywhere, from Fashion East’s Standing Ground to Roksanda and TOVE.

The trend can be picked up by everyone in the form of big – read HUGE – bags.

Seen at Paul Costelloe, SS Daley, David Koma, Eudon Choi, Mowalola, Simone Rocha, JW Anderson, Mithridates… you get the gist.

Get rid of your small bags, LFW designers have spoken: big bags are in.

6. Bare legs

Because it wouldn’t be fashion week without a bit of contradiction, bare legs are in. And yes, we know we’ve just covered floor-length dresses. Bear with us.

While some LFW designers went all out on the fabric front, others decided trousers are overrated.

Cue the entrance of transparent skirts at Nensi Dojaka, 16Arlington’s barely-there shorts, David Koma’s miniskirts and extremely short black tuxedo dresses.

Meanwhile, Ahluwalia gave up on lower body covering altogether by pairing a bodysuit with tights only.

Legs were also the focus at Dilara Fındıkoğlu, with models pulling their skirts down in the middle of the catwalk.

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