On the Runway

Top 10 Trends From London Fashion Week

Here are the major themes we saw on the London catwalk

Silver at Todd Lynn; Photo by Anthea Simms

Pointed-toe pumps at Burberry Prorsum; Photo by Anthea Simms

Ruffles at Felder Felder; Photo by Anthea Simms

Perforated leather at Topshop Unique; Photo by Anthea Simms

Sheer skirts at John Rocha; Photo by Anthea Simms

Fringe at House of Holland; Photo by Anthea Simms

Luxe sportswear at Jill Saunders; Photo by Anthea Simms

Digital prints at Christopher Kane; Photo by Anthea Simms

Pastels at Basso & Brooke; Photo by Anthea Simms

Pleats at Richard Nicholls; Photo by Anthea Simms

#1 Pleats
From boxy folds to ladylike accordion fans, pleating drew the line in countless collections. It wasn’t only relegated to skirts and dresses, also showing up on sleeves and bodices.

#2 Pastels
Whispers of of mint, lemon, and lavender made a strong statement at shows like Julien MacDonald and Antonio Berardi, and a great way to subtly freshen a wardrobe of neutrals.

#3 Digital Prints
London is home to some of the greatest print-masters, who swung full force this season with hyperreal graphics. Manipulated images had a life of their own at Christopher Kane, and Mary Katrantzou.

#4 Luxe Sportswear
Tennis skirts, tunics, mesh panels, mid-length shorts, colour-blocking: sportswear was served up with a dose of glam, most notably at Peter Pilotto, which took notes from retro 70s rock climbers.

#5 Fringe
Full swing ahead: whether densely layered in abbreviated cuts or meter-long in flowing columns, fringe sashayed down many runways.

#6 Sheer skirts and dresses
Collections this season had nothing to hide. Translucent chiffons or single-layer lace in midi-to-maxi lengths played peek-a-boo with models’ legs.

#7 Perforated Leather and Suede
Standby leathers get lightened up for spring, as designers cleverly constructed airy skins with perforated patterns.

#8 Ruffles
Designers indulged in femme texture with layers of rolling ruffles, often raw-edged. It’s done either in full-blown femininity, with silks contouring the body, or punked out in textured leather, like in the bold peplums at David Koma.

#9 Pointed-toe Pumps
The season’s amped-up femininity requires some footwear just as fabulous. The point-toe was revived in killer stilettos at Burberry, with details of rubber trim, buckles, and zippers.

#10 Silver
Forget the gold rush of past seasons, silver is the must-have metallic for spring. With a 60s mod reference, the cool tone came by way of foil-texture lamé on rompers, shift dresses, and moto-pants.