All the trends from London Fashion Week AW18

Jenessa Williams

As always, London Fashion Week provided plenty of inspiration for the months ahead, from rainbow stripes at Burberry to avant-garde activism at The Central St Martins show. Our handy guide breaks down our favourite trends and high street finds to help you get the look for less. 

Acid athletics


LFW from left to right: Mary Katrantzou, JW Anderson, Henry Holland, Central St Martins

As the world grows more aware of trends in health and fitness, athleisurewear has never been more popular. For AW18, it gets even more luxury—tight fitting, logo-emblazoned dresses, and racing stripes have become desirable outside of your local fitness studio, accentuated with dashes of bright, zingy tones of green, orange and red.

To introduce yourself to the look, start with your gym kit. A bold legging and/or trainer brings new life to a basic top, or look for a gym bag with bold-coloured piping and pockets. Gym accessories can also be a great investment too—there's no end of fun-coloured yoga mats, pedometers and water bottles to be had on the high street.

Our Outfit: Boudavida Top (£45), Sweaty Betty Leggings (£80), Roxy Gym Bag (£31.50), Stella McCartney for ADIDAS (3145.95)

 

Edwardian punk


LFW from left to right: Erdem, Peter Pilotto, Simone Rocha

London Fashion Week paid significant homage to the Elizabethan and Edwardian eras in various shows, but these aren’t the stiff figures from your history books. Welcome the era of Edwardian punk—floaty florals dressed up with sumptuous suedes, leathers and velvets, the more outlandish the better.

For maximum wearability, keep a lookout for embellished waistcoats, pointy boots and midi dresses—all can be worn straight away this spring season and then layered later in the year.

Our Outfit: H&M Dress (£49.99), Zara Waistcoat (£69.99), ASOS Belt (£10), Asos Hairband (£6), Gap Handbag (£17.99)

 

Subdued rainbows

LFW from left to right: Central St Martins, Ashish, Temperley, Delpozo

In tribute to LGBTQ+ activism, Burberry’s final show under Christopher Bailey’s tutelage featured multiple outfits emblazoned with rainbows. The concept of high-colour continued through the likes of Ashish and Temperley, albeit in slightly more toned down, visually sophisticated combinations.

This look is easily to replicate no matter the occasion. Simply find that hero piece and build the rest of your outfit around it. Bold stripes blouses and abstract patterns are a great way to inject colour, or choose a statement hangbag or earring if you’re new to bright fashion.

Our outfit: Topshop Blouse (£34), La Redoute Trousers (£21), Clarks Shoes (£70), Zara Earrings (£12.99)

 

Scarf prints

LFW from left to right: Richard Quinn, Marine Serre, Burberry

We all know how well the perfect scarf can tie together an outfit, but why not allow it to take centre stage? Scarf print was undoubtedly the most coveted pattern of LFW, embracing the opulence and glamour of the event.

Head to toe silk is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but a similar effect can be achieved by finding a garment that incorporates different panels of pattern. Pick out these colours in your accessories, and don’t be afraid to layer – more is definitely more when it comes to this trend.

Our outfit: Zara Dress (£69.99), Selfridges bag (£890), Primark Earrings (£3), Ellery Heels (£435)

 

Check on it

LFW from left to right: Ashley Williams, Richard Malone, Molly Goddard

The humble check will never go out of fashion, but for AW18 it’s got that little bit bolder. Pinks, red and greens took centre stage at Ashley Williams and Molly Goddard, offset against greys and creams to remain wearable and modern.

When shopping for your checked items, invest in good tailoring and versatile items such as jumpsuits and blouses, which can be worn all year round with clever layering.

Tap into the office chic style by choosing chunky bags and loafers, but opt for a brighter shade than usual to add that high-fashion edge.

Our outfit: Topshop Jumpsuit (£65), Hobbs Roll Neck (£25), Urban Outfitters Bag (£29), H&M Loafers (£34.99)