As London Fashion Week comes to a close, halfway through the laborious fashion month, we’re starting to see trends accumulate. Animal prints, blazer dresses, and lovely lavender have all dominated the runways, trends we’ve seen from the past seasons coming to a pinnacle for Spring 2020. London is home to quite a few top-tier designers, as well as fashion schools that students across the globe dream of entering. Let’s take a look at the top trends from London Fashion Week, and how you can bring them to life in your very own wardrobe.
From Soybean to Desert Sand, shades of beige have been painting the runway like a rainbow of light browns. Belstaff’s stunning anorak pairs beautifully with a shirt dress, channeling a look that’s very 1940’s archaeologist on a dig in the desert, while David Koma’s sequined beige takes the trench trend up a notch. J. Mendel’s stunning dress with cape sleeves is made of a lovely fur with a geometric print, and Ports 1961’s set sticks to their status quo. Rachel Zoe’s tiger striped dress is lovely, while Roksanda layers shades of beige to create an androgynous ensemble. Victoria Beckham chooses a 70’s silhouette for a sophisticated suiting, a lovely piece from a beautiful collection.
Take a page out of Victoria Beckham’s book with a beige suiting, or create a spectacular silhouette with sequins. Utilize beige floral for a simple style that is anything but neutral, and check out jersey for a cozy and cultured ensemble.
NYFW saw an intense 80’s revival, with big sleeves and bigger silhouettes. Although LFW didn’t end up in the same decade, mutton sleeves made a statement. Chufy surely subscribes to “go big or go home,” with massive mutton sleeves on a mini-dress, while Emilio de la Morena’s cropped blazer has sleeves that won’t stop. Erdem utilizes yellow eyelet for a stunningly sunny Victorian ensemble, and Halpern’s matching metallic set is made up of gorgeous garments and a jacket that features out-of-this-world sleeves. Osman’s ephemeral ensemble is made up of polka dots and statement sleeves, while Rachel Zoe presents smaller mutton sleeves with just a slight puff. Rejina Pyo’s simple green dress is closed with mismatched buttons that pair beautifully with the big sleeves.
For a more subtle style like Rachel Zoe fashion a suit with sateen, or go big with lightweight linen for a spring dress a la Chufy. If you’re using a silk satin make sure to insert a stiffener, or get experimental with a denim jacket featuring mutton sleeves. In need of a bodacious bodysuit to complete your closet? Check out The Davalia Bodysuit on Mood Sewciety, made in a gorgeous sequin fabric and featuring mutton sleeves!
A staple style, the shirt dress is ideal for professional fashionistas and stylish savants. Camilla and Marc’s shirt dress features a dropped waist and crisp white collar, while Chufy utilizes stunning geometric prints layered with gamboge florals. House of Holland shows an ombre animal print ruched shirt dress, and Margaret Howell uses a print reminiscent of brush strokes on a canvas. Roland Mouret channels professional attire for a striped shirt dress, while Temperley London uses geometric prints and flounce sleeves. Warm’s simple dress is similar to Mood’s Lunaria dress, sans the belt and with added ruffles along the button placket.
The best of two worlds collide with the shirt dress, bringing casual and business styles together. Choose fabrics that are comfy and cool like cotton or chiffon. If a more put-together look is what you seek, then chambray is also an excellent option!
The slip dress has become a runway favorite. Although the original slip is simple, designers have gotten a little more playful for 2020. Ashish utilizes small embroidered flowers for a delicate design, while Duru Olowu uses artful ruffles along the bodice and bottom hem. House of Holland’s slip features a slit up the front and a ruched bodice, and Rejinya Pyo’s slip has corset buttons up the front. Sharon Wauchob creates a stunning slip with chiffon layers for a style with depth, and Temperley London uses 3D flowers and foliage for a lovely landscape. Warm goes for a more simple slip, although a ruffle along the bodice accents the beautiful pastel pink floral print.
Add details like a cowl neckline or a layer of ruffles to transform this traditionally deemed nighttime garment into a new light. Experiment with a silk mikado or brocade for an updated look or opt to keep it more traditional with a silky smooth fabric like charmeuse.
Stripes were stripped down for London, pin stripes paired with chunky stripes, parallel prints running perpendicular to perforated patterns. Duru Olowu stuns, as usual, with a belted dress in a variety of vibrant colors and different stripes. House of Holland created a striped polo shirt layered beautifully over green overalls, while Ports 1961 pairs different stripes on one silhouette. Roksanda features pastel pride on a simple spring jacket of soft stripes, and Roland Mouret’s wide-leg bottoms are imbibed with beachy vibes. Vivienne Westwood’s patchwork pinstripes present a beautiful suit, and Warm utilizes sunset colors for a truly warm style.
It okay to get pique when choosing fabric for your striped masterpiece. If you’re using a more finicky fabric like rayon then have no fear, fusibles and interlinings are found right here to provide stability and durability.
How did you feel about London Fashion Week. I’m obsessed with Duru Olowu, but of course, I always am. Let me know what you think in the comments, and check back at Mood Sewciety for future fashion reports!