Let’s highlight the 5 big lessons we are taking away from this year’s Spring/Summer 2017 (SS17) London Fashion Week (LFW).
Mango For The Win
Forget the promises New York made about yellow and orange, Mango is set to be the colour for Summer 2017. Sounds totally delicious, right? Thank Donatella Versace who added the pop of colour to her Versus Versace collection. It was modestly paired with neutrals (black, navy and khaki) but, all in all, the look was head-to-toe. Think mango sunglasses, mango crop-tops, mango parkas and mango leggings. However, for those of you who don’t want to risk looking like a Solero, there are also accessory options available in scarves, bags and belts.
Fruit–Bowl Fashion Is Here
Ok, so we are not sure of the wearability of this one but Charlotte Olympia got fruity with a cabaret performance, with models in gold-sequin bodysuits dancing with girls dressed as giant bananas, watermelons, pineapples and grapes. Don’t worry, there was a bit more of a wearable collection to follow albeit with parrot inspired handbags and banana-shaped shoes.
The 80s Refuses To Die
The era that is best forgotten continues to remain at the forefront, as shown at Topshop Unique and Preen. At Mother of Pearl, the models were reminiscent of Christy Turlington with their bouncy blow-dries and power-dressing (think clip-on earrings and shoulder pads). Thank goodness that the look was updated with rawer hemlines, coupled with elements of the current Sports Luxe trend.
On The Street, Raincoats Rule
While it’s been all about summer 2017 inside, visitors to London Fashion Week have been made to endure the very British transition into winter. With rain beating down, editors, bloggers and fashionistas all had to endure the rainy British Fall in macs and anoraks. Worry not, they are rocking it in style – showing that a sensible coat doesn’t have to dampen a whole outfit. Tank Magazine’s executive fashion director Caroline Issa, lead the way in a khaki mac flung over a dotty blue midi skirt.
Converse Are Not Forgotten
Once the epitome of cool, All Stars seemed to been on the down-low this past year. Don’t worry though, they are having a full rebirth for 2017 thanks to a collaboration with London Label, Shrimps. Hannah Weiland has brought the signature Shrimps aesthetic to four pairs of Chucks, “I have always worn Converse, so it was really exciting when they asked me to collaborate. I’ve always worn the classic Chuck Taylors as a high top in the cream canvas, and when I was younger I had a rainbow selection of colours”.
So there you are, 5 lessons to take from LFW – which trend gets your vote?
Mango, Fruit-bowl, 80s, Raincoats are Cons?
Mango gets mine, but keep checking here to see which trend penetrates mainstream first.