Like NYFW, London Fashion Week celebrated the Eighties as the ultimate fashion flashback, treating us to fall 2018 fashion trends we definitely cannot wait to try. With the Eighties aesthetics and trends being so diverse, summing up all the best fall 2018 fashion trends from London Fashion Week is mandatory, especially because, along with structured shoulders, bright colors, and garish patterns, the most rebellious Fashion Week of them all was a place where freedom, sentimentalism, and uniqueness got wholly embraced.
We know that London Fashion Week habitually encourages us to flaunt something new and outside of our fashion comfort zones, but this time around things could go absolutely wilder!
#1. LFTW – London Fashionable Tartan Week
With Christopher Bailey presenting his very last collection for Burberry, we all knew tartan prints were about to take the London Fashion Week fall 2018 fashion trends by storm, especially given how tremendously fancily they were used for NYFW as well.
Used to refine everything from blazers to pencil skirts and trousers, tartan prints were at the core of almost every collection and gave their absolute best at Burberry’s runway show. We could, in fact, consider tartan prints as this LFW’s ultimate trend, with the major expression of them being Bailey’s rainbow-tinted ones.
What’s better than a rainbow-colored tartan scarf as a statement piece for fall 2018?
#2. Fall 2018 Is for Bomber Jackets
Although trench coats are the epitome of the British style, the best fall 2018 trends from London Fashion Week included monochrome bomber jackets (also multi-colored ones were a ‘thing’).
More polished than those we are accustomed to (just think about Balenciaga’s and Vetements’ bomber jackets form fall 2017), LFW’s ones looked elegant once for all and will easily make many change their mind about them.
#3. An Animal LFW
We said it with NYFW and we are going to repeat it with LFW: animal patterns are probably the best fashion trend for fall 2018. At London Fashion Week, animal prints proved a real fashionista cannot be tamed, and, more than anything, she loves to dare with fashion.
Printed or directly embroidered onto the fabrics, the animal trend got many designers also revive their collection with wild touches of (faux) furs and actual animal graphics, turning their urban-chic leitmotifs to a real-life urban jungle.
#4. Evening High-End Sweaters
Who would wear knit sweaters for a formal night out or at an evening gathering? After all this LFW, probably many of you, as most creative directors transposed simple lines and figures to astounding cuts and structures, creating a dream array of must-have sweaters to effortlessly don from daytime to night.
#5. LFW – London Fashion Workwear, Kinda
Workwear was unapologetically one of the best fall 2018 fashion trends from London Fashion Week, and it displayed a sort of fashion continuum with NYFW’s workwear, too.
Contrary to NYFW’s workwear aesthetics, LFW’s were more risqué and deconstructed so that could be easily regarded as non-suitable-for-work workwear. Refined with tartan patterns and paired with pointy-toe shoes, LFW’s unconventional workwear took almost anyone’s breath away. Of course, we are already obsessed with it.
#6. A Hot Pink Fall 2018 (Plus Other Pantone Colors)
While magenta was this NYFW’s biggest trend, for London Fashion Week, we had a subtler, yet not less vibrant, hot pink color as the ultimate trend (PANTONE 18-2045, Pink Peacock). Other remarkable Pantone fall 2018 colors included pastel pinks and yellows, a rich orange, and a starry-eyed blue (often paired with rusty oranges).
Although LFW usually showcases punk-rock inspired dark colors aplenty, this fall 2018 event definitely jumped on the vibrantly multi-faced side of life.
#7. LFW, Quilts, and Foils
If you were wondering how the Eighties mixed up with the futurism would end up looking like, fashion-wise, check the LFW runway shows! Foiled patterns and quilted motifs were (inevitably) the center of the attention at various runway shows and often gave their best when paired with one another.
Also, keep track of any foiled parka you may ever see from now on, as we predict it will be one of next fall’s biggest trends on Instagram.
#8. Shining Sequins
The brightest of the London Fashion Week fall 2018 fashion trends is definitely the use of sequins, and we saw shining fabrics practically at any runway show. Whether it was a lovely cocktail dress or an outfit meant for daytime wear, sequins were used in abundance at Temperley London, Toga, Erdem, and others.
#9. The Queen’s Seal of Approval
Not a fall 2018 fashion trend here, but probably something even more iconic. 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, who rarely attends any LFW event, took part in the Richard Quinn fall 2018 show, sitting right beside British Fashion Council Chief Executive Caroline Rush and Anna Wintour. If these aren’t #squadgoals, I don’t know how else to put this.
Photos via Vogue