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Best Trends from London Fashion Week

Beatrice Lessi

How to really use fashion trends, what is to bring home and really wear, after the shows?

New York Fashion Week, while busy discussing the need of a new calendar “see-now-buy-now”, and a bit confused by the currents major changes in the industry, still managed to deliver some glamorous NY trends and beautiful catwalks.

And what about London Fashion Week? Traditionally, this is where trends happen and new looks are shown. Indeed, the London shows have been very theatrical, dramatic and sometimes a bit scary (we have seen some Gothic make-up, Hannibal masks and sinister-looking models). But behind the surprises, there was a high sartorial knowledge, and also some subtle changes and ideas that are easy to copy on a low budget. Here is a selection of the best trends to really use in the next seasons. For more, visit the Ask the Monsters Fashion section, or our free fashion advice section.

Butterflies

Here is the first contrast: together with avant-garde, aggressive looks, we have seen a lot of dreamy outfits, embellished or embroidered with butterflies.

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Sarah Burton’s collection for Alexander McQueen was dreamy and full of butterflies. Photo: vogue.co.uk

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Butterfly ankle boots by Sophia Webster. Photo: vogue.co.uk

Birds

Another romantic trend that counterbalanced the London craziness: veils, nature and…birds. Embroidered, printed, added as a focal point.

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Embroidered birds for Temperley London. Photo: vogue.co.uk

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Alexander McQueen. Photo: vogue.co.uk

Gothic – But Impeccable!

Don’t focus on the Hannibal masks or the Gothic make-up: watch the sartorial skills of the beautiful clothes.

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Gareth Pugh shocked the audience with his Hannibal masks, but the clothes are impeccable. Photo: vogue.co.uk

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Grunge/Gothic hair and beauty – paired by a timeless coat and rather conservative dress. Photo: vogue.co.uk

Nude 

Chiffon, coloured embroideries, see-through clothes: the body keeps being shown also in winter.

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Alexander McQueen. Photo: vogue.co.uk

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Antonio Berardi’s see through chiffon for the evening. Photo: vogue.co.uk

Theater and Patchwork

After all, London is the city of theatre. Spectacular and eye-catching mixtures of colours, fabrics, wigs and materials have been seen in most of the shows. Patchwork is a big trend.

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Huge Afro wigs for Ashish. Photo: vogue.co.uk

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Soft and feminine: Pilotto’s patchwork. Photo: vogue.co.uk

Braless

The trend is definitely more toward the 70s braless models, than the Kim Kardashian-inspired padded bras: if you like it, bare it all and go for a deep plunge.

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Amanda Wakeley. Photo: vogue.co.uk

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Erdem. Photo: vogue.co.uk

Soft Knots

Skinny scarves, soft belts, shirts tied with a knot: when a model walks, there is often a soft piece of fabric flying. Very sensual, and easy to copy on a low budget.

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Peter Pilotto. Photo: vogue.co.uk

The best trends from London Fashion Week

Add a soft belt and knot to your dress, or anywhere you wish. This dress is by Gareth Pugh. Photo: vogue.co.uk

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Temperley London. Photo: vogue.co.uk

Fur

Fur details and trimmings have been seen a lot already in New York – the trend continues in London.

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Amanda Wakeley. Photo: vogue.co.uk

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Fur coats, vests, scarves, trimmings, etc where everwhere. This is Top Shop Unique. Photo: vogue.co.uk

Double Belt

London disrupted belts by using them everywhere – often together in the same outfit. Avoid the excesses and keep the idea – it’s great and easy to copy with what you already own.

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Double belts for AF Vandervorst. Photo: vogue.co.uk

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Amanda Wakeley. Photo: vogue.co.uk