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What Happened At This February’s London Fashion Week

Wednesday 21 February 2018

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Words Lauren Talio

The 2018 London Fashion Week has come to an end, and we’ve got all the best bits that happened incase you missed them.

Christopher Bailey’s last show with Burberry 

After 17 years with the brand, the incredible Christopher Bailey celebrated his last show with Burberry. He made sure to make it count by paying tribute to the LGBTQ community with a twist on their iconic Tartan pattern. Now, the brand-defining pattern will feature a rainbow-hued spin, and the brand made substantial donations to multiple LGBTQ charities.

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“Trumpettos” and inflatable dresses prove to be a hit

Central Saint Martins’ is a brand known for taking risks and kickstarting designers’ careers, and this year’s show was no exception. Designer Liam Johnson launched the show with his surrealist designs, displaying a range of pieces from rigidly-hemmed dresses to clown-sized suits. The show didn’t get less interesting from there; Edwin Mohney continued with condom-shaped dresses and heels made from rubber masks of Donald Trump’s face cleverly called “Trumpettos.” There is seemingly a method to the madness, though, which was demonstrated by Michael Halpern’s success story. The Central Saint Martins’ alumni returned to this year’s fashion week, but this time, with his own sequin-centric label.

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Latin flare

Numerous other brands went for an atypical vibe this year, too. Sophia Webster’s collection, inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s, had models tangoing throughout the show. Rightfully titled “I Don’t Need A Mango To Tango,” the collection emphasized passion and Latin dance. Meanwhile, Drapers brought back denim on denim, and Christopher Kane presented the illusions of “The Joy of Sex” originals.

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For rich or for poor

Husband and wife duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi have officially launched their most affordable collection, with prices starting at 65p. At their show in Convent Gardens, their models debuted noteworthy looks like a lavish red party dress that fell off one shoulder and a silk floral dress juxtaposed by a hoody layered over it.  After starting as a small boutique, the brand has now been worn by the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge and Gwyneth Palthrow.

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Transcontinental techniques

The SOE Jakarta’s show was inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe, an American artist with exhibitions in London and Brooklyn. For the brand’s sixth season, they attempted to regenerate weaving in Indonesia, utilizing the local artisan techniques in their  fabrics. In the designs themselves, the brand explored masculine silhouettes with loose-fitting pieces that were made from handwoven cotton, crisp poplin and silk organza.

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