What This London Fashion Week Means For Your Wardrobe

There's a new colour-blocking trend on the horizon.

We may only just have bid a sad farewell to the summer holidays, but the fashion world is already looking forward to spring and summer 2019 – dreaming up an eclectic mix of trends we’ll be devouring next year.

London Fashion Week hosts more than 100 catwalk shows across the capital, but we’ve condensed the most notable trends to help you easily update your wardrobe next year.


Matty Bovan’s Grown-Up Cartoon Prints

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The emerging designer put on a blast of a show – no wonder he was shortlisted for the British Emerging Womenswear Talent at the 2017 Fashion Awards.

With neon colours blurring into each other, sweet shaped wrappers for dresses and oversized Coach bum bags (a nod to his upcoming collaboration with the American designer), a mix match of materials and shapes came storming down the catwalk.

What this means for your wardrobe: Upgrade your traditional floral print for something more fun next year: bright prints with abstract faces (a motif also seen in pretty pastel shades at Roksanda).

Henry Holland’s New Colour Blocking Combo

Holland made sure the latest House of Holland show was memorable by putting a distinct colour palette down the catwalk. Whether on tracksuit trousers, cycling shorts or blazers, the orange and purple pairing was hard to miss.

What this means for your wardrobe: Step aside red and pink, now orange and purple are the hottest colour-blocking couple in town. Expect dresses where orange and purples bleed into one another or sharp suits boldly contrasting our favourite Quality Street colours.

Osman’s Take On The Midi Skirt

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Everyone loves a midi skirt for its versatility, so it makes no sense to say goodbye to this sacred staple (or the midi dress for that matter, which was all over the catwalks this weekend).

Osman has reimagined the traditional midi skirt and put it back together again with a twist. These knotted tassels are not your typical festival-ready tassel, but actually shape the skirt to give it that below-the-knee length. The twist makes it feel more special and is an apt replacement for our perennial pleated favourite.

What this means for your wardrobe: Midi skirts may have been all the rage this summer, but next year the high street will be reinvented with playful layers and materials – think tassels, tulle and tapering.

Alexa Chung’s Waistcoat Weighs In

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You may have seen the trouser suit everywhere lately – from head-to-toe millennial pink or matching ruffles on your sleeves and trousers – but there’s one thing we all have seemed to forgotten: the waistcoat.

Alexa Chung (with some help from Gareth Southgate) has seen to it that the trusty waistcoat is a piece we’ll all be wearing next year. True to Chung’s effortless style, this fresh look is more simple than a traditional two-piece suit – it looks as if you’ve left your jacket at home.

What this will mean for your wardrobe: Waistcoats in different colours, but not just in the office or to a smart event. We see waistcoats in all sorts of environments – channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw.

Victoria Beckham Strips Back Makeup

The former Spice Girl is known for her luxury minimal clothing, but Victoria Beckham’s simplicity was also evident in the fresh makeup look on models walking her London Fashion Week debut.

Beckham brought celebrated British makeup artist Pat McGrath backstage to create the looks. The models rocked that natural look, with slightly sculpted cheekbones and a perfect finish that was neither overly dewy or matte. We suspect that McGrath used her Skin Fetish highlighter on their high points.

What this means for your makeup bag: Less contouring, less blinding highlighter but more fresh skin. We expect the coming season’s makeup to be based more rosewater face mists and highlighter that echoes healthy skin. We like the Glossier Haloscope in Quartz and RMS Luminiser in Magic. Both are suitable for all skin tones with their combination of light and warm, reflective tones.


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