London Fashion Week 2016: 12 key trends

Get the lowdown on key looks for A/W 2016 and S/S 2017 with style guru Alex Stedman

Welcome to a new fashion season! The funny thing is, while we’re looking ahead to Autumn/Winter trends – and what we’ll be wearing to keep us warm – London Fashion Week has put to the fore a host of Spring/Summer looks. Across the board, the clothes look fantastic…but not all of them are particularly practical right now.

So, I thought I’d round-up the key themes that will leave you bang on trend for A/W, and also keep you ticking over for the trends we’ve just seen at the S/S 2017 shows, too.


1. Midi Length

It’s *all* about the midi length for the season ahead, and you want to look for something just between calf and ankle. The great thing about this length is that it helps keeps you warm before the tights come into play. I really like this Dorothy Perkins dress and would wear with trainers to keep it casual, but it also looks really flattering with a great pair of court shoes for a chic nod to the ’40s. It’s a bargain at £34.

2. Ruffles

*The* trend of SS16 is showing no sign of stopping, with House of Holland showcasing ruffle, frills and gingham at his SS17 show. Dip your toe into the trend with an easy to wear ruffle sweatshirt, such as this one from Topshop (£28).

3. Embroidery and Craftwork

As seen at the impressive See now/Buy now Burberry show, there was a real emphasis on handcrafted details, embroidery, frogging etc. Embroidery really is huge this season, so wear these Next jeans (£35) in the smug knowledge that they will last you through both this season and next.

4. Zebra Print

You heard it here first: zebra is the new leopard print. Topshop sent ’80s back-combed models down their LFW runway in fuschia pink and zebra print and the crowd loved it. Bring on the monochrome madness with this paid (£49).

5. Leopard Print

So, I know I just said that zebra was the new leopard print. BUT… leopard is still a thing, and it’s bigger than ever! Accessorising is definitely the way to go here – I’d wear these River Island boots (£40) with skinny jeans, a crew-neck jumper and an oversized coat.

6. Slogans

The Henry Holland show harked back to his early days of slogan tees, and they couldn’t be more relevant in the fashion world right now. If you’re not one for logos and labels, try La Redoute’s alternative with a forever chic Parisien slogan. It’s a bargain at £16.

7. Victoriana Blouses

Tailoring and shirting especially is a big deal at the moment, with the trend showing no signs of stopping at London Fashion Week – all the street style stars were snapped with high necks, ruffle edges and oversized sleeves. Try this season’s take on the Victoriana shirt from Next (£36) – the ruffled high neck will be sure to make you stand out from the crowd.

8. Lace-up

I loved all the lace-up details at Erdem, it was a sort of chic state of undress. Luckily for us, Boden have done THE chicest breton top with velvet lace-up shoulder details. £39.50? Sorted.

9. Monochrome Twist

The Preen show was influenced by futuristic manga, featuring all black and white but with exciting details – frills, lace, frays sheer layering etc. Strong shapes are really key here, and I always love ASOS White for their risky designs – this frill sleeve maxi dress (£150) is definitely on my wish list.

10. Bold Colours

The Anya Hindmarch show was all about bold, solid colour pops. None is more show-stopping than this pillar box red number from ASOS (£25), which is always present on the streets of London. I would go High Street and wear this jumper with jeans and a contrasting coloured heel.

11. Crocs

It’s true. The shoe once scorned by fashionistas has come back into fashion via Christopher Kane’s runway show, much like the Birkenstock. Will it take off? I can’t be sure. Are they comfortable? Absolutely yes. One thing I do know is that you’ll be way ahead of the game if buy yours now (£29).

12. Yellow

Everyone’s favourite heritage label, Mulberry, wowed crowds with their stunning show at an old printing house in Bermondsey. There’s no doubt the winning outfits on social media were the striking head-to-toe yellow looks. Similarly to Mulberry, Warehouse have gone through their own rebrand and couldn’t be more on-trend with this yellow PVC skirt (£150). You could pair it with a polo neck for a real 1960s ‘blow up’ feel.

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