London Fashion Week Roundup

The Glitterati Fashionistas of London — “The most stylish city in the world” — descended once again last week to attend the annual London Fashion week. Following the four-day event is always exciting as new and old designers take to the runway to show what they believe are next season’s trends. London has always been the fashion city where anything can happen, always innovative, always full of surprises, always packed with talent both established and fresh. This year’s shows were filled with just that.

Her Majesty The Queen made a surprise first ever visit to this year’s event to present the inaugural Queen Elizabeth’s Award to emerging fashion designer Richard Quinn. Richard Quinn’s colorful English floral prints on puffer and biker jackets were standouts as well as floral trench coats. His collection showed a strong desire to push boundaries. The models in his highly publicized show were covered head to toe in bold, rich prints, with their faces covered by Quinn’s trademark bondage-inspired ‘gimp suits’ — unafraid to create looks which are at once beautiful and disturbing.

This time around lots of clear trends stood out, Tweeds old and new with added embellishments, sequins, lace ribbon, and sparkle. Key colors like military green and pink ruffles dominated the runway. With shows such as Temperley, Preen, JW Anderson, and Molly Goddard all incorporating elements of these into there shows.

Perhaps the most anticipated show of the season, was Burberry. Chief creative Christopher Bailey bid farewell to the British brand after 17 years with his final show. The brand’s signature check was given a bright makeover. Bailey dedicated his final collection to LGBT+ youth by reimagining a print to incorporate the rainbow flag – an emblem that has become an international symbol of pride and diversity.

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