Round one of fashion month has ended with New York Fashion Week, so that brings us to round two which is none other than London Fashion Week!
The Brits are always bold and vivacious, and they brought us a whole new beautiful line up this season! Let us take a look back at some of the highlights of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016, as well as scope out some of the top trends that were showcased on the runways this season.
- The Lineup: Cue 78 designers, 52 catwalk shows, more than 5000 visitors and an industry worth £27 billion. For Spring/Summer 2016, London welcomed a new array of dazzling designer collections. The best of British couture and high street brands expressed innovation and creativity with sharp cuts, bold colors and statement accessories.
- Location: Just as New York Fashion Week shifted it’s location for the first time, London Fashion Week seemed to follow in their footsteps. LFW moved the fashion extravaganza from the historical Somerset House to one of London’s most vibrant, diverse and creative hubs, Soho. More specifically, a car park in Soho was the venue for over 120 collections. But, why people asked? “Brewer Street Car Park is in walking distance to many of the magazines and department store head offices and is close to Oxford Street and the high-street stores that the UK is so well known for,” said Caroline Rush, CEO of British Fashion Council.
- Burberry: Burberry had mostly trans-seasonal pieces. This meant a lot of black, and a lot of heavier outerwear paired with lighter, silkier, lacier layers. Burberry once again led innovation as they became one of the first designers to showcase a live stream through snapchat. Christopher Kane’s collection was one that was close to his heart where his collection was influenced by his mother’s car crash.
- Louis Vuitton: A Parisian fashion week star, Louis Vuitton invaded London Fashion Week but in the form of an exhibition. The opening of Louis Vuitton “Series 3,” is an exhibition from Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière in honor of his fourth collection. Guests were invited to travel through a maze of rooms that revealed the behind-the-scenes making of bags and a closet-like installation that housed pieces from the fall/winter 2015 collection. Like any Louis Vuitton event, the opening drew a star-studded crowd that included Catherine Denueve, Selena Gomez and Michelle Williams.
- House of Holland: Bold, bright and certainly not for the faint-of-heart, Henry Holland’s kooky collections are always a London Fashion Week highlight. No surprise that fans include Miley Cyrus and Rita Ora.
- Topshop: Topshop has moved beyond its ’90s station as a Brit high street staple to becoming an international celeb go-to for everything from fine knit crop tops to red carpet frocks. With stylish brand ambassadors and collaborators including Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner, Ciara, Hailey Baldwin and Cara Delevingne, Topshop is still definitely in the top 10 to keep an eye out for!
- Erdem: We would die and go to fashion heaven if we got to sit next to Kate Middleton at London Fashion Week, and considering Erdem’s intricate and elegant designs, this was the Duchess’s show of choice. The Duchess of Cambridge regularly rocks their label along with another line-up of royals.
There were many amazing designers and collections showcased throughout the week at London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016. From looking at 78 designer’s collections, the hottest trends spotted were:
1) FLOURESCENT ABSTRACT ACIDS
2) RUFFLES, RUFFLES, RUFFLES
3) PATCH WORK & STITCHWORK
4) DARK & MELANCHOLIA
5) COCKTAIL HOUR INSPIRATIONS
6) SHEER SEXINESS
7) MEADOW FLORAL PRINTS
8) LOVELY LACE
9) GRAPHIC PRINTS
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for our wrap-up of Milan Fashion Week coming up next ; )