For the uninitiated, London Fashion Week can seem like a scary place – like a scene from a future where everyone looks kind of human, except they’re all six feet tall with scarily symmetrical facial features and unreasonably cool wardrobes.
But fear not! Spindle were there to cut through all the intimidating glitz and glamour to bring you all the information you’ll need for the upcoming season.
Here are the 11 things we learned this London Fashion Week.
1. Don’t be afraid to get a bit ruffled.
Dramatic ruffles were everywhere this fashion week, particularly at the Minki London presentation pictured above. From delicate frills to bold structural folds, there’s a ruffle for every mood, whether you’re feeling like a dusky pink dream girl or a bold colour-clashing boss woman.
2. Embrace asymmetry.
From necklines to silhouettes, designers were throwing some bold asymmetrical shapes in their spring/summer 2018 collections – we loved the asymmetrical hemlines at the House of Holland show!
3. Pink is the colour of the moment.
Millennial, hot, dusky, baby, rosy… there are a million shades to choose from for this season’s it colour – you can even give yourself a hot pink makeup beard or forehead à la the Minki presentation models if you’re feeling particularly bold!
4. Get into a colour clash.
Pink and orange were a catwalk clash favourite this week, appearing at House of Holland (left) and Roksanda to name just two. However, while hitting the streets for our street style piece we also saw a lot of people rocking royal blue (another it colour) with yellow accents – now is definitely the time for some colour experiments!
5. Stomp the streets in sock boots and silver.
Sock boots are this season’s must-have accessory, with street style reporters snapping endless pics of them strutting out all over London. Look out too for the statement silver boot – one of this season’s most wearable street style trends. We spotted these gals outside the BFC Showspace on the Strand.
6. It’s time to show us your stripes.
Stripes were everywhere, from muted shades to psychedelic waves – and don’t be afraid to deviate from the vertical or horizontal! Diagonal and diverging stripes, in keeping with this season’s love of asymmetry, were all the rage across the catwalks.
7. Check yourself.
Grey check was a frequent feature from catwalk to catwalk, often arriving hand-in-hand with designers’ love of stripes, as shown here. Channel your inner boss bitch and take on the world in this very grown-up trend.
8. It’s all about adventures in velvet.
Velvet continues to be a staple material, but it’s getting more intricate as the season goes on, and it makes a great statement piece – whether as part of this House of Holland orange two-piece loved by Abisha in our artist takeover, or in a classic black, as snapped by our street style team.
9. Your nan might just be your new style icon.
Crochet is not just for octogenarians any more! The knitwear classic has been spiced up on and off the catwalk by bold pops of colour, as seen on the left at the Henry Holland show and on the right by our team on the Strand!
10. Practise your power poses – the bold blazer is back.
Who doesn’t love power dressing? This classic piece was married with many of this fashion week’s key trends, from stripes to checks to bright oranges, to bring it right up to date for 2018.
11. You don’t need sunshine to wear sunglasses.
Though the skies were grey, London Fashion Week ’17 saw a profusion of statement sunglasses, even becoming an acceptable evening accessory! So crack out the sunnies, fashion’s heading for an Indian summer.