Every time LFW (London Fashion Week, natch) rolls around, we brace ourselves for its unique mix of heritage inspiration and subversive style, always with a nod or two to English icons like The Sex Pistols or Elizabeth I. The Spring Summer 2017 collections didn’t disappoint. We detect 7 major themes–which are you dying to try?
Fashion of the Victorian era was all about high collars, nipped waists, sharp shoulders, the occasional ruffle, and a brooch at the neck. Erdem led the charge for a Victorian renaissance, and Simone Rocha and Burberry joined in.
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Let’s be real–The British Armed Forces have always been the best-dressed military in the world, and London designers are not about to let us forget it. Burberry, Mulberry, Julien Macdonald, and Versus Versace all showed versions of the look.
Three. Elevated punk
London is practically the birthplace of punk, and the style is still going strong. Metal hardware, safety-pin detailing, leather jackets, spikes, studs, and anarchist symbols abound!
Yeah, yeah, florals for spring…groundbreaking. But London’s florals are not your typical feminine fare. Ashley Williams showed in-your-face color, Christopher Kane took embroidery to the next level, Huishan Zhang covered his clothing in 3D blooms, and Sharon Wacoub and Simone Rocha opted for goth vibes.
Five. Blush pink
Blush pink made an appearance on nearly every runway. We loved it most when it showed up in unexpected fabrics, like Marques ‘ Almeida’s leather biker jacket.
Six. All the yellows
Blush pink was big, but yellow was everything. From sweet pastels (as seen at Huishan Zhang) to mustard tones (Paul Smith and Markus Lupfer) to neon hues (Preen, Ashish, Marques ‘ Almeida), it’s clear that yellow sets the tone for Spring 2017.
Seven. Statement sleeves
We’ve seen statement bags, statement earrings, and statement jackets make their mark; now, it’s time for the statement sleeve to shine. The bigger the better.
OK, who’s ready for Milan Fashion Week?🙋🏼 (We’re already having dreams about Gucci).