Words by Nicole Thomsen
October 9th, 2015
Never one to disappoint, London Fashion Week brought with it a fresh supply of new trends for spring 2016, as well as some key updates to the current autumn looks.
Still going strong from last season, Victoriana is set to continue into spring next year albeit with a lighter, fresher feel to it as seen at Simone Rocha where pink was once again the starring colour. Think high-necks, lace and ruffles galore, or as Erdem Moralioglu described it “prairie madness.”
What started in New York also made an appearance on the London catwalks, where colour-blocking is a friendly face. But print-blocking is the updated version, as print specialist, Jonathan Saunders showed us. Emilia Wickstead meanwhile gave us a softer take on the trend by using floral prints that blend so well together you almost can’t tell they’re different prints.
There was a definitive air of femininity in London this time around, with the vast majority of designers succumbing to the appeal of pink. From the ethereal at Simone Rocha to the sugary sweet at Eudon Choi, London has called it; pink is your go-to colour for spring/summer.
Sleeves in all shapes and sizes
Sleeves were big (in more than one way) for the London designers. From the leg-of-mutton style that walked the runway for JW Anderson to perhaps the more wearable bell sleeves at Roksanda, volume is the only way to go. Think puff and puff some more.
The waist is back in all its cinched-in-glory for spring. If oversized and borrowed from the boys styles aren’t for you, then the belt is your saving grace. Topshop Unique’s Kate Phelan proved it is possible to dress like a gent and appear feminine at the same time with the use of a skinny patent belt. Or go for double à la Joseph to give more shape and structure to an otherwise shapeless dress.
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