After New York, it was London’s turn to present upcoming ready-to-wear trends for the fall/winter 2018-2019 season.
It came as no surprise to see color all over the British capital’s runways, but checks turned out to be the breakout star of the London shows.
In a different style, certain designers ramped up femininity, while others chose to bulk up looks by playing with volume and layers.
Here’s a look at three key fall/winter 2018-2019 trends from London Fashion Week.
Checks are back
As in the Big Apple, prints were everywhere in London this season, with animal prints, houndstooth, stripes and arty images. However, checks stood out as the hottest trend.
Checks of all sizes were seen on jackets, skirts, tops and pants at Marta Jakubowski, for example, and came in pink shades or tiny sizes at Emilia Wickstead. Nicopanda, on the other hand, matched checks with stripes and animal print. The trend also brought tartan to the London runways.
While many fall/winter 2018-2019 collections featured long skirts and dresses – falling at least below the knee – certain designers stood out in London with highly feminine, sensual, even sexy, designs, like at Christopher Kane.
Marta Jakubowski brought mini dresses, revealing necklines and bare shoulders to the runway, as did Charlotte Knowles with see-through creations. David Koma’s designs flashed shoulders and legs with mini dresses and skirts with slits.
Lots of layering
Next season, leg warmers and socks will be worn over the top of pants, and oversized padded jackets will be worn over long, voluminous dresses or, especially, tunic dresses over pants.
The key is to build up as many layers as possible, to play with volumes and lengths. It’s all about proportions. See Nicopanda, Burberry, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and, to a lesser extent, Gareth Pugh.