For Fall/Winter 2017, London designers continued to promote both a strong menswear agenda and an obsession with velvet fabrications rendered in suit, dress, and separate form – just like the runways at New York Fashion Week (click here and here to see what we’re talking about). However, London proved to have a broader style vocabulary, and we managed to tease out quite a few more trends – from opulent wallpaper prints and imaginative asymmetrical knits to knot-front details that formed a flattering, cinched-waist silhouette.
For a complete run-down of the most popular trends of London Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2017, read on below.
There is no escaping velvet’s ubiquity for the Fall/Winter 2017 season. London designers obsessed with the fabric just as much as New York designers did. They either rendered their versions as gorgeous gowns, tailored suits, and longline separates or spliced velvet onto contrasting textures à la Mary Katrantzou and Christopher Kane.
Fun, experimental knitwear with asymmetrical tailoring makes getting dressed in Fall/Winter 2017 an exercise in proportion balance. One cool styling trick we learned from Burberry (which was actually presenting its in-season February 2017 collection, by the way), was to layer an asymmetrical sweater over a button-up shirt with overlong sleeves.
Lushly appointed British castles with their florid, bespoke wallpapers were a point of inspiration for dozens of London designers this season. Gleaming wallpaper prints depicting floral embroidery united many collections in their quest to bring a heritage quality to the runway.
Notwithstanding the fact that Gareth Pugh almost always presents a form of goth-inspired fashion, it seems that the mood also extended to other London runways for Fall/Winter 2017. Natasha Zinko’s take was especially sexy when she showed a liquid-latex dress paired with a prim-and-proper checkered car coat, while David Koma’s woven, bonded leather jacket presented a wearable form of goth style.
There were dozen of suit styles to choose from at London Fashion Week, including dapper suits with cropped trousers, deconstructed suits, silk pajama suits, and the list goes on. With feminism representing more than just a buzzy marketing word, borrowing styles from the boys has gone from trend to wardrobe mainstay in 2017.
While ruffles are hardly new on the London runways, designers decided to get really maximal with their versions for Fall/Winter 2017. For instance, Molly Goddard dedicated nearly the entirety of her collection to voluminous ruffles done in a multitude of fabrics, and Burberry showed quirky ruffled piles that were upholstered onto a single side of dainty lace sheaths.
One of the biggest blink-and-you’ll-miss-it trends permeating Fashion Month so far has been knot-front/twist-front details. Cinched-waist silhouettes are incredibly popular for Fall/Winter 2017 and, when designers weren’t achieving the proportions with belting or tailoring, they were twisting and knotting the front of looks in unique, intricate ways.