Brewer Street Car Park was once again a fashion mecca as designers, A-listers, international press and buyers swarmed for the 63rd London Fashion Week. Taking place earlier this week, over 80 of the world’s best designers and fashion houses exhibited their collections for next season across five days.
Highlights included the return of Alexander McQueen to the schedule after a decade and Mulberry making a comeback with the new Creative Director Johnny Cocoa. As the fashion accessory market continues to grow, 51% of all British women purchased a handbag in 2015, there was an increased presence of accessory designers present with luxury shoes and accessories designer Charlotte Olympia hitting the catwalks for the very first time.
The LuxPad runs down the favorite four looks spotted on the catwalks that are set to transcend sartorial style into our interiors next season…
From the glam rock theme at House of Holland to the retro ’70s vibe spotted at Emilia Wickstead, there was definitely something of a ’70s revival afoot at this season’s shows. Paul Smith combined a retro palette with his trademark smart tailoring and mod sensibilities. Burnt oranges were a seen aplenty; twinsets and co-ords were also a mainstay of this look. For the home look to Orla Kiely for an effortless and instant ’70s interior style. Give a nod to the look by investing in orange toned pieces, from cushions to wallpaper, and don’t forget textures think suede and heavy fabrics layered with lighter cottons. Remember coordination is key to getting the ‘70s vibe spot on at home.
Thanks to the return of Mulberry and Burberry on the London catwalks, a modern heritage style is set to be big this autumn. Think smart and classic pieces with a modern twist, Mulberry showcased their tailored lines with an influx of subtle prints and classic patterns such as checks. A simple monochrome palette was brought up to date with warm browns, and thanks to Vivienne Westwood faux fur is the perfect finishing touch to this style. Interiors will benefit from smart accessories for this trend, think an update on an otherwise Scandi style. Faux fur textures and rustic touches will warm up monochrome schemes and bring a sense of heritage to the space whilst keeping it thoroughly modern.
Wildwood botanicals and a romantic palette combined with feminine detailing from brocade to lace form the basis of Gothic Fairytale. Preen set the scene against their woodland catwalk backdrop, mixing sateen florals and heavy velvets and soft knits. Temeperly brought pastel blue into their mix of dark romantic florals to add a complementing contrast. Over at Antonio Berardi lace details softened heavy black materials to create a whimsical finishing touch. At home this look is all about the details, look to sequin embellishments and velvets to bring a glamorous gothic vibe to your space. Rich romantic palettes with blacks and purples will contrast against bold bloom prints, look to Ted Baker bed linen and soft furnishings to bring this trend to the bedroom.
Mary Katrantzou led the way with bold and bright clashing patterns at her shows. From leopard print to unicorns, stripes to appliques, and all in a range of vibrant shades- anything went. Over at House of Holland there was a great multitude of clashing prints and patterns, demonstrating that sometimes more is actually more. This trend is great fun to work with in the home, as layering pieces can create endless looks effortlessly. Use bright clashing shades and look to patterns such as feathers and botanicals to create maximum impact. Christian Lacroix Maison and Matthew Williamson’s home collections both have a great selection of patterned pieces to choose from.
As well as the barometer of sartorial style and home fashion, London Fashion Week also serves as a staunch reminder of the importance of the British Fashion industry. A significant contributor to the British economy, the fashion and accessory markets are as important as they are influential. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite LFW facts below, from social media figures to international participation:
63rd London Fashion Week in numbers
- £26billion direct contribution to the UK economy (GDP) from the UK fashion industry, up from £21billion in 2009 (Oxford Economics, 2014)
- 503,404 mentions of #LFW on Twitter during LFW SS16 in September, up 44% since AW15
- 16 countries represented by guests staying at The May Fair Hotel
- 113,348 images tagged #LFW on Instagram during LFW SS16 in September