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London Fashion Week: All that made news and the trends you need to bag

From turtlenecks that refuse to make an exit from the trend report to celebrities from all over the globe that took over the front row in the British capital— here’s a lowdown of all that went down at London Fashion Week.

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 21, 2017 21:30 IST
Snigdha Ahuja
A model presents a creation at the Sophia Webster presentation during London Fashion Week. Check out a lowdown of all the action from the British Capital.
A model presents a creation at the Sophia Webster presentation during London Fashion Week. Check out a lowdown of all the action from the British Capital.(Reuters)


After New York, London gave us some major inspiration for the upcoming season. While turtlenecks continued to rule the runways, we saw a lot more colour and retro influence to light up autumn/winter 2017.While in New York, the talks of #iamamimmigrant added to the social and style conversations, in London, the Brexit talk took centerstage, revolving around industry workers from EU. And, London was also not behind when it came to the celeb factor. Here ‘s a lowdown:

1. THE HUMBLE SWEATER IS BACK

Labels Ashley Williams, Ryan Lo, Jasper Conran and Topshop Unique made a case for the trend. (Reuters)

If you thought your leather jackets and capes were much more fashionable than 80s-reminiscent cable-knits, think again. Labels in London went the English-way and ushered in sweater weather with a vengeance. From oversized to Christmas sweaters, they were all there.

2. GREYS ARE GONE! A COLOUR RIOT FOR AUTUMN

A riot of colours at Fyodor Golan and Mulberry. (Reuters)

Monochromes tend to rule the runway for fall, but, London changed the game for the next season. From colour-blocking like a boss to playing with freewheeling pallettes — happy brights are on trend for the winter.

3. SHOULDER GAME STRONG

Sleeve action at (clockwise from L) Bora Aksu, Temperley and Ports 1961. (Reuters)

2016 was all about baring the shoulder. From Bardot romance to cold shoulders — they were all over your social media and your wardrobes last year. And, according to London, you can safely carry on the trend for autumn 2017.

4. BAGGING THE STYLE

Mulberry and Anya Hindmarch’s take on the new-age handbag. (Reuters)

Oversized bags might have made a mark a few seasons back, but, compact and practical was the accessory mood at London Fashion Week.

5. HER HIGH-NESS

Creations at PPQ, Burberry and Versus (above), Temperley (below). (Reuters)

Neckwear has taken a new turn. For autumn, the turtleneck is super hot with the biggest of labels going for Victorian-necklines. With winter-ready layering, the closed necks are a safe pick for autumn/winter 2017.

6. GLITTER GODS

Topshop Unique and Ashish’s take on sheen for the next season. (Reuters and Ashish_UK/Instagram)

A bit of sparkle n’ shine never hurt anybody. And, in London, designers didn’t hesitate to add a bit of sheen to autumnal fashion. While India-born designer Ashish Gupta is known for his love for gleam (and continued to shine this season too), others also put a metallic touch to their collections.

7. SNUG VS SHIFTING SHAPES

Varied shapes at Jasper Conran, Julien Macdonald and Ports 1961. (Reuters, AP)

While in New York, exaggerated and anti-fits were runway favourites, London had another story to tell. The shapes for autumn were a mix of body-snug and breezy — the middle path was taken in terms of silhouettes.

8. GRAPHIC LOVE

Graphics at work at (Clockwise from L) Sophia Webster, House of Holland and Fyodor Golan. (Reuters)

If talking tees were big in NY thanks to Prabal Gurung, the graphic word made a mark in London too. And when it comes to fashion, reading between the line is important!

9. BEYOND TRENDS

PETA models in crocodile masks protest against the use of crocodile skins in fashion. (Reuters)

The fashion week started on February 17, and it opened with a protest by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The members, clad in black bikinis, took the streets and highlighted and protested against the use of crocodile and exotic animal skins by many luxe labels to create high-end accessories.

10. THE FRONT ROWERS

Katy Perry, Suki Waterhouse and Penelope Cruz spotted at London Fashion Week. (Reuters)

Stars descended on the British Capital and took up the front row for the biggest labels (and the hottest after-parties,of course... From veteran model Naomi Campbell to pop sensation Katy Perry — the star dust was a plenty.