London Fashion Week spring 2018 might be done now, but its cool inspirations and the spring 2018 fashion trends it featured are still vivid in our minds. As it often happens, this London Fashion Week was somehow close in its styles to those of the latest New York Fashion Week, where trends and must-have items are already some of the coolest around.
If New York Fashion Week was, however, more urban-ready, the London Fashion Week spring 2018 fashion trends were as usual more punk rock-infused in styles, meaning that at times the designers translated some of NYFW’s coolest trends to their LFW-approved counterparts. Even the many see-now-buy-now fall 2017 runway shows that took place at LFW got translated to a similar leitmotif, creating a flawless continuum of coherent fashions that is already influencing the fashion industry.
Get ready for some of next year’s coolest trends!
#1. London’s Ruffles
If you are one of those people that are hopelessly in love with ruffles like me, the fact that the ruffles and ruches trend isn’t going to end any time soon will make you extremely happy. London Fashion Week just confirmed that not only ruffles will be playing a pivotal role the upcoming warmer months, but will also go hand in hand with one of the biggest spring 2018 fashion trends – pastel colors.
#2. London’s Pastels
While New York Fashion Week went wild and neon, especially with the yellows and the pinks, London Fashion Week dipped the spring 2018 fashions in the softest pastel colors for spring 2018 ever, either mix-and-matching them with one another, or using them together for delicate coordinates that are to die for. All in all, playing with pastel hues is easy and fun when it comes to wardrobe choices, so we recommend keeping an eye on this particular trend if you are looking for something trendy and practical for everyday life.
#3. Powdery Pink
While yellow was NYFW’s must-have color, pink was London Fashion Week’s all-time favorite hue, especially when filtered through the aforementioned pastel lenses. As seen at Christopher Kane and Roksanda, pink is the color of passion in London, and wasn’t for this reason left alone, all by itself.
Most of the fashion designers paired pink with rich red hues, creating a potpourri of passion, love, creativity, and unexpected bon-ton effects that we hope will find their autumnal counterpart during the fall 2018 fashion weeks as well.
#4. Statement Sequins
Who doesn’t love to make a statement through fashion, or to dress to impress (hopefully to impress primarily oneself, as self-love is key, indeed). Among the London Fashion Week spring 2018 fashion trends, the one that sees glittering sequins as the ultimate must-have trend is surely the coolest, as it makes it possible for anyone to literally shine through the day or night.
We recommend it especially if you would describe yourself as a rather shy person, as a sequined slip dress will help you fight your insecurity while daring with fashion and looking flawless all-night long.
#5. Handkerchief Hems
Love them or hate them, handkerchief hems were back on track both at New York and London Fashion Weeks, with the former bringing the most exaggerated and dramatic handkerchief hems on stage. From Christopher Kane to J.W. Anderson, Diane von Furstenberg, and even Peter Pilotto, everyone seemed to be obsessed with a more modern version of the zigzagged hems, which gave the entire London Fashion Week a subtle ‘70s-inspired accent many vintage lovers will appreciate, for sure.
#6. Patchwork Gone Rogue
Is there a way to reinvent patches, so that they don’t necessarily end up reminding us of the Nineties? Although we doubt many people have lost their sleep over this question, we were surprised to see some of our beloved fashion designers actually take it as a challenge, bringing interesting DIY-inspired dresses on stage as a result.
Patches and panels were, thus, one of the London Fashion Week’s biggest surprises, which we bet will find a special place in many fashionistas’ hearts in the months to come.
#7. Extreme Cutouts
London Fashion Week is often synonymous with quirkiness and punk-approved aesthetics, so it is no surprise some of its designers freely experiment with these leitmotifs from time to time. For this spring 2018 edition, the designers at London Fashion Week played with the coolest punk rock aesthetics by toying with the proportions and embellishing some of their most elegant ensembles with deep, plunging cuts, treating us to pleasant contrasts that will look cool either at a night out with friends or during a formal date during the day.
#8. See-Through Transparencies
As seen at NYFW, the London Fashion Week spring 2018 fashion trends found great sources of inspiration in the see-through patterns, too, though using them to refine cute and roomy capes, shirts, and skirts, or more risqué long dresses that left nothing to the imagination.
Somehow, whether it was a bon-ton or a sensual kind of transparency, see-through ensembles were nothing but edgy and elegant, and even exuded a peculiar softness we yet had to see at London Fashion Week.
#9. Sporty Drawstrings
Keeping in with the sporty aesthetic, the London Fashion Week spring 2018 fashion trends overwhelmed the runways with dresses, tops and outerwear options decorated with drawstrings. They looked especially edgy and interesting on feminine dresses, especially evening ones. Mary Katrantzou, Preen, and Emporio Armani were just some of the houses that capitalized on this trend, but let’s wait and see whether it gets approval from Milan and Paris.
Photos via Vogue