LFW: The Top Trends to Know

Our highlights from the latest collections seen across the pond.

A celebration of the joy of dressing is a sentiment often shared on the catwalks of London Fashion Week. The Brits always deliver bright colors, experimental patterns, and ample creativity, but this season an overall desire to bring fashion back to an optimistic state was ever-present.

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Shrimps returned to the schedule with a fabulous royal-inspired collection, Molly Goddard's billowing frocks layered over fair-isle knits were inspired by her childhood, and many others presented fresh takes on English glamour. Other joyful moments included both Erdem Moralioglu and Jonathan Anderson's glistening show-stoppers destined for a modern-day flapper.

Then in true British fashion, there was also a nod to classic Savile Row-inspired tailoring and trench coats at Burberry. And like we saw in New York, feminine suiting ideas (i.e. pairing a cinched blazer with a matching skirt) were prevalent at Victoria Beckham, Rejina Pyo, and Margaret Howell. Designers seem to be laser-focused on creating truly wearable and timeless pieces that will endure season after season.

Although the sunshine did not last, the good spirits did, and we hope to see more festive fashion as we head onto Milan and Paris. Read on to see more major trends from a memorable week in London.

Novelty Knits
Trusty pullovers got a dose of quintessential British wit with unique cut-outs, interesting silhouettes (like cape-like sleeves at JW Anderson), and three-dimensional details. Keeping in the vein of outstanding knitwear, at the end of LFW, designer Richard Malone was awarded the 2020 International Woolmark Prize for the use of traceable, sustainable wool in his namesake collection.

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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi 
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Photo: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Lady in Red
In September, we reported on deep crimson hues for SS20, but surprisingly for the colder seasons, red was the opposite of dark on the catwalk. Instead, vivid ruby-colored pieces were seen at Burberry, Roksanda, Shrimps, and more. Red is a continuation of the vibrant RTW narrative that began in the Big Apple (see the yellow trend here) and if our predictions are correct, perhaps in Milan, blues will further a primary color story.

Mad for Plaid
With punk undertones and traditional tartans to consider—not to mention Burberry's signature heritage print—plaid has always been synonymous with UK fashion. This season, there were more playful takes on plaid with a combination of different checks together on one ensemble or bolder stripes that are too fun to resist.

Metallic Touch
High shine, glistening materials were noticeably incorporated into many collections from the bigger houses to the emerging designers. At Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, gilded turtlenecks acted as a core layering piece to every look where at Erdem, silver touches were threaded onto dresses and suiting. Foiled eyeshadow was even part of the beauty brief.

Rejina Pyo
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Emilia Wickstead
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Leather Weather
From patent coats to sumptuous separates or head-to-toe ensembles, statement leather is a trend that continues to pick up steam. In London, every outerwear type in the material was present, further proving its versatility. Fall/Winter 2020 will be the perfect time to work a leather blazer, puffer, or belted trench into your rotation if you haven't already.

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