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13 lessons we’ve learnt from London Fashion Week 2016

September 19, 2016

From hair styling tricks to the coolest way to wear your trench coat, London Fashion Week is offering up a host of inspiring style lessons. Here’s what we’ve taken away so far…

1. ‘MANGO’ IS THE NEW STYLISH COLOUR TO KNOW

Sounds delicious right? Mango was the moniker Donatella Versace gave to the pop of colour she added to her Versus Versace collection (which also involved a lot of black, navy and khaki). The head-to-toe look, comprised of mango sunglasses, a mango belt crop top, a mango parka and mango leggings had a cool Solero feel to it- if that feels too much, it will be the perfect scarf/ bag/ top accent colour to pick out.

2. CLUBBING COULD BE MAKING A COMEBACK

Molly Goddard SS17

There has been much talk of clubbing’s demise lately what with the closure of Fabric and hundreds of other clubs in the UK. But Molly Goddard took inspiration from Nick Waplington, the photographer who documented New York’s underground clubbing scene, emblazoning his prints on t-shirts. Instead of instantly disappearing from the catwalk, models gathered on stage to wave their arms in the air, trance-like. A good start to Saturday night at fashion week. Topshop also referenced clubbing in their show notes, writing of the 80s zebra print-filled collection: “Think clubbing not reserved for Saturday night”

3. Stacked platforms are how we’ll be dressing up our jeans

Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof at House of Holland CREDIT: REX

Last season high heels were ditched for slip-on backless loafers, but at House of Holland the VIP section saw a row of chunky platform heels. Alexa Chung wore her platforms with socks, meanwhile Pixie Geldof opted for a chunky silver pair with a slim ankle strap.

 

4. THE 80S ARE STILL HAVING A MOMENT

Mother of Pearl SS17 CREDIT: REX

 

Mother of Pearl SS17 CREDIT: REX

The 80s is still having a moment for SS17, as shown at Mother of Pearl, Topshop Unique and Preen. At Mother of Pearl models sported Christy Turlington bouncy blow dries with their office-ready power shirts, pearl-encrusted tailoring and oversized gold earrings. The look was modernised and deconstructed with smudged lipstick, raw hemlines and 90s sportswear added into the mix. Now is anyone craving a 1980s blow dry?

Topshop Unique was 80s-inspired CREDIT: REX

Over at Topshop the collection was inspired by London’s eclectic markets in the 1980’s. “We’re thinking about all those amazing markets like Hyper Hyper, the Great Gear market, Kensington and Camden where you bought everything from army surplus to Swanky Modes party dresses – everything was a one off and original,” explains Creative Director Kate Phelan. “Camden was a melting pot of punks, goths, New Romantics and Buffalo boys.”

5. THAT PLAIN CAN BE PERFECTLY INTERESTING

Barbara Casasola SS17 CREDIT: PA

Barbara Casasola’s show made us contemplate throwing out everything in our summer wardrobe and replacing it with a rail of effortless, simple dresses and jumpsuits in the softest cottons. Belted and button-through with luxuriously deep pockets – think a modern take on The English Patient.

6. WHEN IT COMES TO EARRINGS, THE BIGGER THE BETTER

The earrings at J.W Anderson CREDIT: SEAN CUNNINGHAM

 

The earrings at J.W Anderson CREDIT: SEAN CUNNINGHAM

You will want a really, really big earring (or two) next season. And note that they must never match. J.W Anderson created Matisse-like figures in gold which were so long that they grazed the shoulders. Other models wore sculptural gold and silver spirals which were just the kind of thing you could add to jeans and a white tee for an instantly ‘fashion’ look. Our poor ear lobes!

 

7. HAIR-SCARVES LOOK SURPRISINGLY COOL

Peter Jensen staged the brand’s SS17 collection in an abstract greenhouse littered with flowers. Inside, the models wearing the ‘Rhoda’ collection wore both headscarves – and hair-scarves – underneath large straw hats. Let us explain. The hair was parted in two at the back and then knotted underneath the chin, like a traditional headscarf. We were pleasantly surprised how becoming it looked. Head over to the Telegraph Beauty channel to catch up on all the latest beauty trends at London Fashion Week.

Peter Jensen SS17 CREDIT: INSTAGRAM

 

Peter Jensen SS17 CREDIT: INSTAGRAM

8. THE INSIDE OF AN EDITOR’S HANDBAG IS MORE PRACTICAL THAN YOU MIGHT THINK

Setting out to the shows on day two of LFW, Telegraph fashion director Lisa Armstrong gave us a look inside her handbag. Her essentials include: 1. An umbrella – self-explanatory. 2. A laptop for note taking and filing show reports. 3. Reading material – to pass the time when stuck in London traffic between presentations. If you thought fashion week was all about lippies and selfie sticks, think again.

 

9. RAINCOATS CAN LOOK CHIC – AND EVEN SEXY

With the rain beating down in a style the city hasn’t seen all summer, showgoers have had to accept macs and anoraks as part of their fashion week uniform. And what a wonderful job they are doing. Caroline Issa led the pack on day one, and showed that a sensible coat doesn’t have dampen the rest of an outfit. Her dotty blue midi was the perfect contrast to her khaki mac and grey weather.

Caroline Issa CREDIT: FRANCESCO GILI

Over at Aquascutum’s laid-back SS17 presentation, models wore the brand’s signature trench coats as they sipped champagne and lounged around the salon of a Georgian townhouse. The coats were knotted over leather bras or draped over the shoulders with a leather harness fastened around the thigh. It was bad weather wear but not as we know it. Hmmm, was Aquascutum trying to be sexy, by any chance? “Yes!” they told us, excitedly.

Aquascutum SS17

10. CONVERSE TRAINERS STILL RULE

The high-top king collaborated with Shrimps on four pairs of bespoke Chuck Taylor All Stars for the London label’s SS17 show. The plimsolls provided the perfect high-low edge to Hannah Weiland’s feminine collection, which centred around voluminous gingham dresses, bow-embellished separates and illustrated shirting.

Shrimps SS17

Each pair of shoes boasts the same playful texture and pattern as Shrimps’ mainline collection, as Converse opened up its Boston Workshop, with exclusive textiles and customisation techniques to Weiland. Stay tuned for where to get your hands on the trainers next spring.

Shrimps SS17

11. PHEW, MAXI DRESSES WILL STILL BE DU JOUR NEXT SPRING

Daks SS17 CREDIT: SEAN CUNNINGHAM

Long dresses are still in – at Daks at least, which opened and closed the SS17 show with white maxis. Its simple gowns for day wear, which were crocheted, tiered or in a pleasing floral granny print, gave a classical European vibe to the collection. It reminded us of Thursday, when it was still summer.

12. HAILEY BALDWIN WAS THE PERFECT CASTING FOR JULIEN MACDONALD

Hailey Baldwin walking at Julien Macdonald CREDIT: REX

 

Hailey Baldwin walking at Julien Macdonald CREDIT: REX

 

Hailey Baldwin walking at Julien Macdonald CREDIT: REX

Hailey Baldwin – daughter of Stephen Baldwin and a member of the Instagram- supermodel set – opened and closed the Julien Macdonald show in very sexy, typically ‘Julien’ looks. She opened the show in a white shorts suit, with the embellished jacket held down with strategically placed tape, and then closed the show in a micro silver fringed dress.

13. WE SHOULD ALL HAVE KEPT OUR SCHOOL BLAZERS

Johnny Coca is onto his second season and he’s already tapped into the oh-so-British notion of a school uniform. He showed us riffs on school blazers, summer dresses and prim skirts of which any headmistress with excellent taste would approve. With grown-up versions of studious satchels to match, this is a back to school look we can get on board with.

Source: The Telegraph

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