The Top 8 Trends of LFW and How to Wear Them Now
Can you believe it? In what feels like a blink of a sparkle-lined eye, round two of this season's fashion month shows just wrapped in London. And, with a full schedule slated for Milan and Paris, the pace won't be slowing down.
But you definitely should—at least long enough to read our break-down below of the biggest fall 2017 trends from across the pond (minus the perspective of Burberry, who showed in season with a buy now, see now model). Scroll away for a sneak peek of what everyone will be wearing next autumn and, of course, editor-approved tips on making each look work right now.
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The next evolution of garden prints: traditional roses and vines your grandmother would love on a couch, but applied to cool girl clothes instead—think the quilted poncho outerwear at Mulberry, or Joseph’s slouchy, bloom-covered suiting. To play up the motif’s inherent femininity, try matchy-matchy ensembles inspired by Christopher Kane or a tailored dress (note how an unexpected keyhole and velvet cuffs make the ones at Erdem more fun); a clashing print in the same color family, as spotted at Emilia Wickstead, shows the look’s funkier side.
From left: Emilia Wickstead, Mulberry, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Joseph
Modest White Dresses
Full coverage nightgown-ish frocks feel downright cutting edge thanks to the Britain's smart updates: Victorian details (see Erdem and Simone Rocha), gauzy Ren Faire-worthy sleeves (Huishan Zhang), and ruffle trim (Molly Goddard). Whichever way you take the trend, however, the shoes should be just as demure; we especially love the idea of satin ballet flats.
From left: Molly Goddard, Huishan Zhang, Simone Rocha, Erdem
Modest White Dresses
While there’s no disputing this hue has been on fashion’s mind for several years now (see: the blush coat craze of winter 2014) English brands delivered fresh ways to reinvent it all week. Take a cue from Osman, and use contrasting textures to break up the shade, or work in a pattern à la Ashish and Simone Rocha.
Clockwise, from top left: Simone Rocha, Molly Goddard, Emilia Wickstead, Preen by Thorton Bregazzi, Marques' Almeida, House of Holland, Topshop Unique, Osman, Huishan Zhang
Better than the Boy’s
Forget about raiding his closet. Batch two of classic menswear checks in updated silhouettes (don’t forget all the amazing options at NYFW!) gives you far more interesting ways to take tweedy fabircs. A foolproof place to start? With one outfit-making trench coat or dress. If you’re feeling more adventurous, however, the matching plaid separates from Toga and Markus Lupfer offer another winning wardrobe solution.
From left: Markus Lupfer, Mulberry, Osman, Toga, Mary Katrantzou
Better than the Boy's
Chic and Cuddly
Hot on the heels of this winter’s puffer Renaissance, quilted outerwear is revamped again via bright colors and bold shapes. The best part? Because these babies basically cover your whole outfit (read: don't kill yourself pulling it together!), you’ll have more time to focus on best part of getting dressed: picking out earrings and boots.
From left: Preen by Thorton Bregazzi, Peter Pilotto, Mulberry, David Koma, Roksanda
Chic and Cuddly
Yes, they really do exist—all you need is a flattering fit and enough other items to counterbalance the sparkle. For daytime, basics like cozy knit wear and flat sandals are your best bet, but don’t play it so safe at night. The most daring combinations (picture the paillette slip dress and grungy chelsea boots at Ports 1961) are the ones destined to stand out.
Clockwise, from top left: Christopher Kane, J.W. Anderson, Osman, Emilia Wickstead, Preen by Thorton Bregazzi, Ports 1961, Toga
The Bigger, The Better
That seems to be London’s tagline for sweaters, and we’re not complaining. Be it over a fluid silk skirt inspired by Peter Piletto or equally slouchy pants (bonus points if you stick with Joseph’s cream and white color scheme), a relaxed pullover is cool yet cozy. And when it's cold, what more could you want?
From left: Ports 1961, Topshop Unique, Peter Pilotto, Joseph
We know, we know…the industry’s love of this sumptuous fabric is not exactly newfound (as proven, here, here, and here). So what sets these pieces apart? A particular attention to vivid colors—be still our hearts, tangerine skirt suit at MM6—and vibrant prints. Whether worn as matching separates, or offset with lower key style, this is a look guaranteed to rack up little red hearts on your Instagram account.
From left: Erdem, Emilia Wickstead, MM6 Maison Margiela, Mary Katrantzou