As we look at another city to round up at Fashion Week, we saw a lot of similarity between London and the trends we noted in New York. Our top 10 most notable trends are a little different, however. Take a look at the biggest ideas and items emerging from London that caught our eye.
#1 Fur, Fur, Fur
In London, this comes in at the top spot, and it feels like it will be the uber-trend of fall 2014.
Real, faux, shaggy, savage, luxe, shearling, pony, in natural or colored versions: the fur trend was interpreted through every item (coats, jackets, scarves, bags and shoes)—there’s something here for everyone.
#2 Art Dressing
Bold splashes of flat color make dressing a work of modernist art—from color blocking to sweeping, painterly strokes. What a show-stopping statement.
#3 Sweater Bonanza
We’re looking at a huge sweater season. There are so many options: cute and fun, edgy and distressed, gorgeous and luxe—even reinvented classics.
#4 Cozy Coat Check
Following the Cozy Chic trend, this is London’s answer to the perfect coat to wrap up in for the fall ’14 season.
Naïve, charming prints and artistic flowers are key to this decorative trend, which brings a playful spirit to fall.
#6 Medieval Maiden
Could it be the influence of Game of Thrones inspiring several designers to channel this vibe into wonderful new dress shapes and embellished details? Either way, these romantic ideas balance the Masculine influence.
#7 Return of the Suit
With a clear trend of masculinity permeating the runways, it makes sense that the menswear-inspired pantsuit would be back with a vengeance.
#8 Sexy Sheath Dress
Dresses are big this season, and what better silhouette to update than the classic sheath? New mixed materials, strapping and seam detailing make this a sure-fire winner.
We thought we’d seen the recent obsession with metallics wane, but this is not the case. What’s new? Color. And not just for accessories—the metallic coat is set to be on every fashionista’s wish list on both sides of the Atlantic.
#10 Python Power
Move over, leopard prints: it’s now all about exotic reptile, with python winning out over croc in London. The newest are statement-making, head-to-toe looks and new colored accessories.
That’s a wrap from London. Stay tuned as we move on to the continental runways in Milan and Paris.
—The Fashion Office