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London Fashion Week is over. Scope our full coverage here. And stay tuned for more Fashion Week coverage from Milan and Paris.
In the meantime, let’s look at what men wore to LFW. We did the same thing last week, looking at what men wore to New York Fashion Week.
In the slideshow below: jackets, backpacks, jackets which are also backpacks–and drastically different interpretations of American varsity style in the UK.
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Photos by Kristin Yamada
London Fashion Week Spring 2017 is coming to a close, and we’ll be sad to see the street style go. Here are a few more of our favorite (shoppable!) looks from LFW—captured by our gimlet-eyed street-style reporter Kristin Yamada—that we plan on emulating posthaste.
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Once you get your hands on a straight-off-the-runway piece from Topshop’s London Fashion Week show, and then once you get ready to post it on Instagram, you might think about tagging the illustrations’ Orange County-based creator when you get there.
Portrait of the emoji artist as a total babe; image courtesy @Lillipore
Natasha Lillipore—a crush-worthy, cool artist and Rihanna collaborator—answered our questions about these new digital buddies (for iPhone and Android) and her real life.
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Micro trend alert: Gingham.
London is alive with it; it’s all but bombarded us since we arrived. We saw it at Shrimps, Simone Rocha and Molly Goddard … and then, on Tuesday morning at Toga.
All images by Portia Hunt
Whether you associate it with the U.K.’s top emerging designers or Bridget Bardot’s pink wedding dress, there’s every chance that gingham is going to be all over the place come spring ’17. And the ones you’ll see from Toga are anything but old-fashioned.
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“I’m quite obsessed about girls on Instagram … how girls see themselves and what they want to give us from their life, how they choose to be seen.” This statement, from the program notes we found on our seats at Marques’Almeida‘s Tuesday afternoon show, is at the crux of everything the London brand is about. Not the social media part, per se, but the idea that for women today, image and message are personal and powerful, and immediate.
There are lots of fashion brands right now that team up and align with “real girls” (the term differentiates them from models, who—it’s worth saying—are real girls also), but Marta and her codesigner Paulo Almeida really live it. They weren’t the first to use street-casting and regular people on the runway, but they completely embody the ideals behind those acts. It’s impossible to separate their frayed denim and exaggerated silhouettes from their commitment to creating pieces that strong women want to live and express themselves in.
Sofia Moser Leitão, discovered on Instagram by Marques’Almeida;
all images by Portia Hunt unless otherwise noted
We spent the afternoon with one of those women—22-year-old Lisbon-based culture and art student Sofia Moser Leitão—and talked to her about getting discovered on Instagram, walking in her first runway show and the “new dimension” of fashion that she’s found while working with the M’A team.
And then, yes, of course, we got front and center for the big spring runway event too.
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It started with the set. Sometimes you walk into a presentation, or you see the runway before the show begins, and you’re just charmed. This was one of those times. Upon walking up four flights of old cement stairs in an industrial building out in East London, we found an assemblage of women we wanted to know, and maybe even wanted to be.
All images by Portia Hunt
Isa Arfen designer Serafina Sama’s spring collection was shown on women pacing and writing, dreaming and preparing, reading and gazing; most of them in their own little worlds—except for the girls braiding each other’s hair and dancing together under a disco ball in the corner. The rough, pretty and cinematic setting—like something on an experimental theater stage—made the collection feel immediately intriguing.
But once you looked closer, it was the clothes themselves that were pulling you in.
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One thing was clear from London Fashion Week Spring 2017: fashion isn’t Brexiting anytime soon. Strong collections from established and emerging designers attest to the long line of talent that shows in the UK. Storied houses like Burberry implemented new practices like gender-blurring designs and see-now, shop-now strategies. Breakout designers like Molly Goddard and Marques’Almeida continued to find new ways to deconstruct and reenvision styles for the runway. Then there were the front rows full of celebrities and the great street style that just gets better during Fashion Week.
Here are some of our favorite moments and the most memorable trends from LFW Spring 2017.
1. Charlotte Olympia’s dance show
Image: Indigital Images
Known for her cheeky accessories, Charlotte Olympia put on a sexy show to celebrate her spring collection, inspired by the Copacabana Club. Fruity props and Carmen Miranda tunes filled the Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel’s Art Deco ballroom in London. The ’40s-themed dinner club setting perfectly set the stage for Olympia’s kitschy new platforms and stilettos, sure to put a spring in the step of wearers and a smile on admirers’ faces.
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As our sleek black van pulled away from Roksanda‘s Monday morning London Fashion Week presentation, Olivia Kim did something I don’t always see her do; she took out a notebook and pen and started writing.
Metallics at Roksanda (first image) and Christopher Kane (this image); all images by Portia Hunt
I asked her what she was up to, and she said she wanted to better track what she was seeing, in real time, this season. To help you better track what you’ve been seeing, we’re looking at the Roksanda show alongside Christopher Kane, which we saw later that same day. Because, as it turns out, those two otherwise-unrelated SPACE brands provide good context for how spring ’17 is shaping up.
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Photos by Kristin Yamada
London Fashion Week Spring 2017 is in full swing, and the street style never looked better. Here are a few of our favorite (shoppable!) looks so far from LFW—captured by our gimlet-eyed street-style reporter Kristin Yamada—that we plan on emulating posthaste.
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