Last Tuesday saw the end of London fashion week for another fashion season. Acclaimed designers from Erdem to Mulberry showcased their collections for Autumn Winter 2017. the five-day fashion week saw celebrities and editors whizz around the fashion capital of London viewing the highly awaited collections from Britain’s talented designers, and we’re here to give you the low-down on the upcoming trends from LFW for your autumn winter wardrobe.
As always, velvet is back with a bang for the AW season. Carrying on from AW16, designers have offered velvet and crushed velvet in all forms, with velvet suits taking pride of place this coming season. The key velvet colours are crimson red (a perfect colour idea for Christmas) contrasted with burnt hues of orange and yellow.
Mixing dark colours of black and blue with wispy cuts, LFW has brought us the ultimate romantic gothic chic. The gloom of the colour palette opposing the gracefulness of the cuts creates a romantic darkness reminiscent of Shakespearean romantic tragedies.
The statement coat is the must-have of AW17 with top designers making them centre stage. Fur and faux fur coats are a continuing trend, however, designers have gone bold with the styles and colours, choosing bright yellows and candy pinks replacing the natural tones of previous seasons. In addition to fur, designers are favouring a more oversized aesthetic, making the coat a standout item for your AW wardrobe.
Check is very popular with designers right now, gracing many catwalks throughout LFW. In the minority is House of Holland opting for a subtle but colourful check print, however, the majority sticking to ‘office’ check print in classic grey and brown tones and sophisticated cuts.
While florals are a fan favourite of the spring season, they have now heavily filtered into the Autumn Winter season. Most designers have chosen warm floral prints with strong colours of blue and green, while others have gone for a fresh palette contrasting soft pinks with crisp blues as seen with Emilia Wickstead and Topshop Unique.
Androgyny has quickly become a popular movement in fashion over the past few seasons, with it becoming a popular trend with high-end fashion designers and houses. The aim of androgyny is to take the gender out of your clothing. Therefore, for womenswear, it is all about creating a more masculine, less feminine silhouette and aesthetic. A popular androgynous trend for AW17 is oversized suits shown here in classic neutral colours. The shape, or lack thereof, creates a masculinised aesthetic, creating the illusion of broader shoulders and waist.
A notable influence on LFW’s collections this season is Asian and Asian culture, with designers presenting dresses with an oriental theme. Oriental clothing came into the spotlight with the 2016 Met Gala theme and it seems it has trickled down to the designer’s collections. Utilising the features of traditional Chinese dress such as cross collars and elongating the body through fitted tops with flowing bottoms, and using floral prints commonly seen on oriental-themed clothing.