Best of London Fashion Week Spring 2018

Best of London Fashion Week Spring 2018

There's a romantic femininity floating through fashion at the moment. At least that's what I took away from London Fashion Week, which closed yesterday. A number of designers showed collections featuring flowing silhouettes, floral prints, exaggerated sleeves, bright (and light) colors, soft ruffles, and ankle-length cuts with lots of movement. 

Clockwise from top left: Simone Rocha (photo Yannis Vlamos/Indigital.tv), Erdem (Luca Tombolini/Indigital.tv), Osman (photo courtesy Osman), and Emilia Wickstead (photo Yannis Vlamos/Indigital.tv) all via Vogue. 

Flowers abound! And so do dramatic sleeves...

Clockwise from top left: Emilia Wickstead (photo Yannis Vlamos/Indigital.tv), Roksanda (photo Yannis Vlamos/Indigital.tv), Christopher Kane (photo Kim Weston Arnold/Indigital.tv) and Rejina Pyo (photo Marcus Tondo/Indigital.tv) all via Vogue.

What I found interesting is how designers were able to translate somewhat traditional notions of femininity into pieces that captured a romantic essence without feeling saccharine. It almost read to me as a statement on modern femininity which I got a hint of from New York as well: we can be soft and strong at once. 

Here are the collections that stood out for me from London.

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Emilia Wickstead

Photo: Yannis Vlamos/Indigital.tv via Vogue

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Preen

Photo: Kim Weston Arnold / Indigital.tv via Vogue

 

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A.W.A.K.E

Photos: Yannis Vlamos/Indigital.tv via Vogue

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Simone Rocha

Photos: Yannis Vlamos/Indigital.tv via Vogue

 

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Notable mentions:

First, the gloves at Erdem, to which I say an unequivocal yes! 

Photos: Luca Tombolini/Indigital.tv via Vogue

Second, the voluminous sleeves and slightly nipped waist on this jacket from Christopher Kane. 

 Photo: Kim Weston Arnold / Indigital.tv via Vogue

Photo: Kim Weston Arnold / Indigital.tv via Vogue

And then there's this lovely lavender dress from Roland Mouret: 

 Photo: MarcusTondo / Indigital.tv via Vogue

Photo: MarcusTondo / Indigital.tv via Vogue

Followed by this trench dress from Ralph & Russo. 

 Photo: Courtesy of Ralph & Russo via Vogue

Photo: Courtesy of Ralph & Russo via Vogue

Of course, I'm always left wondering how, beyond the act of buying these clothes, we can relate to fashion week and interpret these concepts into our closets and our lives. That question feels increasingly relevant to me as the fashion industry continues to evolve towards one of diminished barriers between us and our clothes.

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