10 Things That Happened at London Fashion Week
London Fashion Week Fall 2016 helped to mint a new generation of designers while reasserting the influence and ingenuity of established British brands. Burberry injected grunge notes and pixie dust into a punky fall collection, while Vivienne Westwood, the punk doyenne herself, showcased ladylike suits and dresses on models with smudged lipstick. Relative newcomers like Ashley Williams and Faustine Steinmetz exhibited the casual cool of the new guard.
All in all, it was a colorful week, on and off the runway, with plenty of lavish fashion indicative of Britain’s illustrious sartorial history. Here’s why:
- Shrimps designer Hannah Weiland was again a hit on and off the runway with her faux-fur jackets inspired by her 91-year-old grandmother, who was a story herself this season.
2. Singer Jake Bugg performed at the Burberry show. The young Brit’s temperamental strumming and disaffected folk songs fit the moody collection presented by the pouty and strutting models who circled him in Kensington Gardens.
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3. Pernille Teisbaek ruled the street scene. She was everywhere and always lovely! The Danish style influencer wielded her wardrobe voodoo this season, making her an inescapable target for the Fashion Week shutterbugs.
4. The Wild West was having a moment on the streets and on Mary Katrantzou’s runway. From cowboy boots to big buckles to fringe, rustic Americana may be the fashion accent making the biggest comeback.
5. Neon eyeliner gave Marques’Almeida’s already vibrant models extra touches of bold color. This was one of the standout beauty trends off the runway, and not just for its highlighter quality.
6. Trainers were the go-to street gear for feet on the fashionable masses. Even more so than New York, London is embracing the comfort of athletic gear in the front row and even on the runway in shows like Christopher Kane.
7. Pretty or just practical, the style elite are loving puff jackets this winter in London, for fashion and weather reasons alike. The embroidered pink puffy was from Alexander McQueen’s collection.
8. Perhaps another trend influenced by the London skies, head scarves were in full effect at the Mary Katrantzou and Christopher Kane shows.
9. Kids came to the Roksanda show! It took place in a gymnasium with illustrated walls and dresses to rival Elsa’s in Frozen, so it should be no surprise that the children who entered the top level of Roksanda Ilincic’s show were adorably awed.
10. Heavy embellishments, sheer tulle, ornate embroidery: Alexander McQueen‘s legacy is as tortured as ever. There’s been no doubt as to Sarah Burton’s skill and artistry. This season, like a seance conjuring the label’s founder, she pushed it to the dark side for dramatic effect.