With London Fashion Week good and done, it’s time to examine the spring 2019 fashion trends! The designers, models, publicists, stylists, and makeup artists are all gone, and it is time to examine what kind of mark they have made on the fashion world, and what we can expect to see all over the streets in the spring of 2019.
It seems as though the spring 2019 trends from London Fashion Week are all over the place, with options once again for all kinds of fashion sensibilities, from the more subdued to the more intense. As always, the spring trends are a bit more colorful than the fashion elements we saw in the autumn, but not extremely or ridiculously so.
#1. Easter Egg Pastels
If you’re looking forward to soft, feminine fashions this spring, then you’ll be thrilled to know that pastels made the cut as the key colors of the spring 2019 fashion trends from London Fashion Week. Baby blues, muted pinks, soft peaches, and pastel yellows were everywhere in dresses, suits, and color blocked outfits.
Pastel dresses were the very height of innocence and femininity, with lacey numbers from Bora Aksu and girlish silk at Preen. More office-appropriate takes on pastel, with suits and A-line dresses came from Marta Jakubowski and Rejina Pyo. If pastel trench coats are what you’re into, have a loot at Alexa Chung, Emilia Wickstead, and Paul Costelloe.
#2. Bold Colors
If you can’t handle the pastel spring 2019 fashion trends, then perhaps you’ll prefer all the bold colors that were used by some designers, and gave contrast. These are the spring 2019 colors you should go for if you like to stand out.
Red is, of course, the boldest of colors, gracing coats at Burberry, and Simone Rocha. Models rocked neon dresses at Gareth Pugh, as part of his cyber punk sensibilities, while at House of Holland, and David Koma, we saw brightly colored fabrics used unexpectedly for suit designs. Other collections to showcase bold colors in fun and unique ways included Natasha Zinko, Halpern, and more.
#3. Sequins and Sparkle
Whenever I’m in doubt, I always assume that a fashion or beauty trend comes from drag queens, and I can’t help but suspect that’s the case for the funnest of the spring 2019 fashion trends from London Fashion Week: sparkles and sequins!
It was all about shimmery silver dresses at Ashish, Roland Mouret, and Emilia Wickstead. We saw a more delicate take on sparkle at Fyodor Golan, where shift dresses were combined with gorgeous shimmer, with a similar golden sequin used at Temperley London.
If you prefer darker glamour, then take note from Christopher Kane with dark purple and green duo-chrome sequins. Some designers embraced sequined skirts, combined with either matching non-sequined tops like at Halpern, or paired with a more casual top like at Markus Lupfer, and Roberta Einer.
#4. Strings, Rope, and Dangling Embellishments
The breakout unique embellishment we saw on the runways of London Fashion Week was all manner of dangly rope pieces and string. In some cases they were long, so they moved and flowed as the models walked across the runway.
We saw these kinds of longer string and rope elements on the runways of Ports 1961, and J.W. Anderson. We also saw just a few pieces of rope-accentuating skirts at Osman, and Fyodor Golan.
In other instances we saw smaller pieces of string attached to garments, giving texture and smaller movements, and having a more elegant effect. This included dresses at Erdem, Ashish, and Burberry. This fun new design element is great for casual parties and nights out!
#5. Trench Coats
Trench coats are probably the heaviest jacket one would choose for the spring 2019 fashion trends, since they give coverage from wind and rain without heatings things up too much. They are also timeless, having been popular since the beginning of the 20th century!
Roksanda, and Alexa Chung gave us trench coats in light pastels, to fit a feminine style and a warmer season. At Burberry, the trench coats ended just above the knee, and had a more structured design that was closer to the body. Rejina Pyo gave us shiny trench coats made to ward off spring rains.
#6. Eighties Power Shoulder
This one is likely THE retro throwback of the spring 2019 fashion trends from London Fashion Week. Many designers wanted to portray strong women ready to take on the world by crafting jackets with large, padded shoulders just like in the Eighties.
Push Button, and Chalayan crafted these jackets in serious shades like a gray checked pattern or solid black. At Natasha Zinko, it was all about the monochrome, with pastel jackets matched to flowy skirts.
At Emilia Wickstead, jackets with power shoulders came in all kinds of colors, while at Gareth Pugh, we saw the most avant-garde take – large shoulders on a flowy design with a cinched in waist.
Is there anything as tragically romantic as a veil? Traditionally worn by brides or at funerals, this particular element from the spring 2019 fashion trends is undeniably high fashion, and will likely only be adopted by the daring.
Darker veils overlaying hats were spotted at Simone Rocha, and Erdem, naturally paired with long, conservative dresses. At Mary Katrantzou, long, romantic veils reached the floor, while on the Matty Bovan runway, they were colorful and gathered up like storm clouds surrounding the head of the model, for a very striking effect.
#8. Slogans and Statements
We’re always curious to see what designers choose to literally say, by emblazoning their creations with words and slogans. For the spring 2019 trends, statements ranged from humorous to nonsensical, and seemed less political than previous years.
Burberry’s throwback, “when did they kill bambi” and Ashley Williams’ “Retired and loving it” were both tongue in cheek. At Nicopanda, the word “cow” emblazoned over a T-shirt paired with a cow-print skirt was simply self-referential. At Christopher Kane, slogans were all part of a retro T-shirt and sweatshirt theme that ran through the collection.
#9. Punk Sensibilities
If you’re already the edgy type, or if you’re wanting an excuse to start dressing darker, then you’ll be happy to know that punk elements were all over the spring 2019 fashion trends from London Fashion Week. Chains, black, red, and mixed patterns, as well as mohawks were spotted everywhere.
Ashley Williams gave us the most traditional takes on punk, with lots of black and zippers. Burberry, MM6, and Pushbutton gave romantic punk, with some more gothy and flowy elements that were somehow softer and classier.
Some designers opted for neon punk styling perfect for rave enthusiasts. Those included Gareth Pugh, Matty Bovan, and Nicopanda. We saw mohawks and bouffants at Matty Bovan, and Ashley Williams.
#10. Romantic Taffeta and Girlish Tulle
On the other end of the spring 2019 fashion trends from London Fashion Week we have all of the ultra feminine tulle and taffeta skirts, just in case punk is not your style. We saw pure innocent takes on lace and tulle at Preen, and Huishan Zhang with pink dresses, and at Bora Aksu, and Christopher Kane with white.
#11. Net & Mesh with an Edge
In a way perhaps this could have been combined with the punk spring 2019 fashion trends, but it was so ubiquitous that it deserved its own mention. Harken back to the ‘90s and early 2000s with net and mesh garments that show off a bit of skin.
At J.W. Anderson, a netted skirt was particularly provocative, paired with a black and white top and headpiece that instantly read as “nun”. There were also bottom-heavy takes on mesh at MM6, and Nicholas Kirkwood.
We saw bright mesh dresses at Nicopanda. There were some bohemian takes on netted dresses that begged to be worn over swimsuits at the shows of Victoria Beckham, Yuhan Wang, and Fyodor Golan.
#12. Wild for Animal Prints
This is one of those spring 2019 print trends that is in continuation from fall. Animal prints in unique and classy designs are sticking around, this time in lighter garments that are more appropriate for the warm seasons. Literally all animal prints are fair game, with snakeskin, tiger, cheetah, zebra, and cow all making an appearance.
A great way of embracing the animal print is with jackets, like we saw with the snakeskin at Marta Jakubowski and the animal print blends at Richard Quinn. At Burberry, the animal print was also on the sophisticated side, with flowy skirts hitting just below the knee, in cheetah and Dalmatian prints. Lastly, Nicopanda gave us some brown cow stunning moments.
#13. Cape Dresses
As part of the ultra-feminine theme running through the spring 2019 fashion trends, we saw many billowing cape dresses, some of them combined with other trends like pastel colors or tulle. At Molly Goddard, the caped dresses were large and cake-like, while at Emilia Wickstead, they were more subdued.
#14. Spring Florals
We cannot have a spring season that doesn’t feature florals, so they were certainly one of the spring 2019 fashion trends from London Fashion Week. We saw suits with floral prints at Richard Quinn, and Erdem, while romantic dresses were glimpsed at Simone Rocha. Some of the massive dresses at Molly Goddard were also embossed with some gorgeous florals, paired with ruffles for extra drama.
#15. Mid-Calf Hemlines
When it comes to the spring 2019 fashion trends in dresses, tea-length hemlines that end just below the knee seemed to make a resurgence. Perfectly bridging the gap between casual and evening-wear, these dresses are classy, romantic, and much more comfortable than a floor-length gown.
We saw more streamlined mid-calf dresses at Emilia Wickstead. At Peter Pilotto, the dresses were combined with another of the spring 2019 trends, the gorgeous floral print. Alexa Chung, Erdem, and Simone Rocha also had their own takes on dresses with mid-calf hemlines.
#16. Plunging V-Neckline
I love a plunging neckline, especially for spring. Deep necklines are great for women with smaller chests who want to embrace their sexiness. They also help to elongate the torso, not to mention that they’ll keep you cool on warm spring evenings.
On the runways of Ashish, and Christopher Kane, we saw loose, flowy dresses with deep V-necklines that were positively dangerous. V-necklines graced bodysuits at Victoria Beckham in a unique, sophisticated design.
#17. Negligee and Camisoles
Undergarment elements made it to outerwear for the spring 2019 fashion trends from London Fashion Week. Those included camisole dresses at Alexa Chung that combine the feminine and the sultry, as their shape hugs curves and shows off skin, but their fabrics and embellishments are decidedly girlish.
At MM6, we saw a daring choice to have models wear mesh stockings with little underneath, and at Burberry, we saw a night shirt worn with high-waisted skirts.
#18. Portraits of Fashion
Wearing someone else’s face on your body is indeed one of the spring 2019 trends, this time with a more retro take. We saw portraits on dresses at Simone Rocha, and retro photos in black and white or monochrome on a few different garments at Burberry, and Ports 1961. We saw stylized, modern photos grace dresses at Toga, and Richard Malone.
Photos via Vogue