We are living one of the two most important time periods in 2016 – the fashion week season. We expect that you’ve already piled up the top trends for fall 2016 at the New York Fashion Week in your mind drawers, because next stop is London! This European fashion capital has always been a hub for the most controversial and extravagant shows and collections. You can expect anything in this rainy city at this time of the year. To save your time, we’ve compiled the list of the best fall 2016 fashion trends the past London Fashion Week has taught us.
#1. Let the Garden Party Start!
You’re in London! What are you doing wearing those jeans and sweaters? Now go get your best tea outfit on because the garden parties are trendy again. Some of the dresses presented by OSMAN, Mother of Pearl and even Christopher Kane were suspiciously cute and floral. Considering that messy prints and stripes were rocking the runways across the ocean, such a floral cocktail was an absolute must to report.
#2. Russian Doll Scarves
We had warned you, London will blow your mind away! Have you ever left for lunch wearing a Russian doll scarf over your head, maybe hiding a bad hair day? No? Well, fall 2016 is just the right time to try.
Mary Katrantzou and Christopher Kane both came up with the idea. While Katrantzou sticked to the floral trend, nothing stopped Kane from going really… really… traditional head scarf-wise. Maybe it’s just the scarves taking over the rain market and throwing umbrellas out of the game. Anything is possible at London Fashion Week!
#3. Ruffle Dance Continues
The ruffle trend started during the New York Fashion Week, with top labels like Marc Jacobs and Marchesa playing around with small ruffle details or even full ruffle gowns, teasing the new fashion direction of going more plain and gender-neutral (how about admitting ruffles into this zone?). The trend continued during the London Fashion Week, where one of the most dramatic collections presented by Alexander McQueen was all about ruffles.
#4. Portraits Instead of Prints
London took prints to the next level! We’ve all seen various prints being in the center of attention at NYFW, and that is already a good enough reason to expect London comeback with something fresh. Ditch the prints, go with portraits… paintings… anything more artistic than stripes.
#5. Rounded Shoulders
Here’s a friendly tip; if you notice a trend repeating in at least two fashion capitals, don’t even waste your time on thinking, your friends will be wearing them in a few months. You have only two options: wait and torture yourself trying to find one piece of clothing that you haven’t seen in the streets 10 times yet, or get your stocks filled up beforehand, so you can be one of the early birds. We’d suggest you do the latter.
Rounded shoulders were a thing at NYFW, then they popped up during the London shows, including those of Peter Pilotto, Simone Rocha, Erdem, and more. No more sharp shoulders, make the silhouette soft and smooth, and if you want some attention around your shoulder area (which was also a big New York trend last week), go with the off-the-shoulder look or just applique.
#6. The Multi-Slit
You don’t need any special occasion to show off some leg art, do you? Many collections at LFW FW 16 introduced the multi-slit skirts and dresses, just for your artistic needs. One of our favorite fashion trends for fall 2016 so far, the multi-slit looked very elegant whether it was on the top of another, more flowy skirt or exposed legs entirely.
This trend looked particularly astounding in the movement and as the nearest weatherman to your location would probably guarantee some wind this fall, the drama in the streets is so ON!
#7. Collars Stole the Show
Whether you let the New York fashion trends lead your shopping strategy for 2016, or the London alternative to shape your fashion taste, there will always be hard choices to make. Would you rather have your shoulders leading the tango or the collar? It’s between New York and London. You can pick both options obviously, unless Paris offers us a new perspective into constructing balanced looks.
Oversized, multi-colored, accentuated collars were a big fashion trend for fall 2016 at the London Fashion Week. Some of the giants like Burberry, Erdem, Holly Fulton, Christopher Kane, and Osman had lace, fur, big shapes and anything else that will draw your eyes to the neck.
We believe this would be extremely popular with coats and jackets, as fur collars were one of the most often occurrences. As a final note, it would be fair to mention that shoulder-designs were also popular in some of the best London shows like David Koma, Alexander McQueen and Peter Pilotto, but the collar trend was a newer addition to the list.
#8. Pastel Romance
Let’s start with a contrast again! We’ve reported earlier that NYFW set some of the hottest fall 2016 trends for bold and vibrant colors. Even Pantone made the news with its top trendy color – red. But London brought back the pale femininity in delicate and pale gowns. Some of the best samples were seen in Roksanda’s and Xiao Li’s fall 2016 collections.
#9. More Flirt Around the Neck
As if the wide range of collars was not enough, London was also big on pussy-bow blouses and dresses. Thin, long, silky… you pick the shape that suits you the most. Labels like Temperley London, Erdem, Peter Jensen, Mother of Pearls and others have left us some room to make our own interpretations.
#10. Eccentric is Always a Trend in London
One final and a permanent fashion trend when it comes to London Fashion Week – stay eccentric. Collections by Joseph, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, and of course, the king of eccentricity Alexander McQueen all had garments that not only rose eyebrows but also made our minds overload. Flowers over ribbons… or ribbons over flowers… a full knitted suit… there are no limits to design, go and create yourself!
Let’s admit it; the fall 2016 fashion trends in London were much more interesting than the ones we saw in New York. Breathing diversity, bold designs and experiments, this city is finished giving the last of its fashion grandeur to us. Milan, we are ready for you!
Photos courtesy of Vogue