#TrendTakeaway: The 6 Key Trends Spotted at London Fashion Week

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It’s the halfway mark; you’re 50 percent through Fashion Month, which means normal programming will resume on your social-media channels very soon. But until then, we’re celebrating another successful week of style with a second installment of #TrendTakeaway. This week, we’re reviewing the goings-on in London and, while patterns are beginning to emerge from both cities that have shown so far (Western jackets are really taking over), London brought some entirely new narratives to the table.

Renowned for its alternative sartorial choices, both on and off the runway, London didn’t disappoint when it came to risk-taking. Heritage brand Burberry took its aesthetic in a totally new direction by targeting a younger generation rather than die-hard fans, while typically romantic label Mary Katrantzou opted for sportier silhouettes in her The Youth of the Year collection.

Whether you’re wanting to really experiment with your summer look (we’re talking plastic skirts) or just add a few subtle tweaks to your signature style, Savoir Flair has listed every trend you need to know, below.

1

Plastic Fantastic

The start of London Fashion Week set the tone for weird and wonderful trends, the first being plastic everything. From translucent trench coats at Anya Hindmarch to sporty minidresses at House of Holland, the trend for see-through, shiny, and supple perspex pieces was a big one. Mary Katrantzou and her supersized bubble skirts win this one.

2

Not-So-Mellow Yellow

If you’re looking to make a statement for Spring/Summer 2018, this is a color that really pops. The evolution of Fall/Winter 2017’s deep mustard and canary yellow proved stiff competition for punchy red on the London runways – pretty much every designer featured the color at some point, but Christopher Kane and Ashley Williams added the hue as a surprising accent to otherwise simple color palettes.

3

Take a Bow

From long pussy bows on stark-white gowns at Emilia Wickstead to Erdem’s ladylike embellished versions, bold bows – particularly in black – were awash on this week’s catwalks. And if you’re worried that you aren’t girly enough for pretty bows, David Koma provided the perfect sporty alternatives on trousers and cut-out minidresses.

4

Summer Sequins

Are you the type to roll out and buy every sequined dress in sight as soon as you get anywhere near party season? Then get excited. Thanks to sparkling gowns at Temperley London and shimmery skirts at Ashley Williams, SS18 is deeming it perfectly acceptable to recycle your party pieces all. year. long. Shimmy shimmy yay, shimmy yay, shimmy yah!

5

Return of the Mac

Prepare to finally welcome a trend that is perfect for a summer in London and a winter in the Middle East: the rain mac! Call it an anorak, call it a cagoule, call it a windbreaker – whichever term you prefer, it’s now the jacket of the summer. Thanks to Ralph & Russo and Emporio Armani, you can be practical and pretty.

6

Hip to Be (a Neon) Square

Checks, plaids, and ginghams have been owning the runways for three seasons now, but for SS18, they’re getting amped up rave-style. Emporio Armani did checks in the form of oversized squares on rainbow party pants. Natasha Zinko, meanwhile, pulled off the coolest color combination we’ve ever seen on gingham: cerise pink and electric blue. This is a trend for all style types who love to appropriate color.

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