Written by Mayokun Ogungbola
The recently concluded London Fashion Week, apart from it being a break from the constant political turmoil was a showcase of artistic splendour. The week was filled with eccentric designers and their unconventional designs. The designers this season came out of the box with their pieces while remaining true to their roots. Trends as simple as bike shorts were amplified and has been confirmed to be a classic fashion piece. Mixed patterns and oversized silhouettes were a nostalgic nod to 80’s fashion. As peculiar as these trends may be, they can be applied to the wardrobe of the everyday woman.
These are top four trends that will be ruling our wardrobes come spring:
Bike Shorts is the athleisure trend that keeps on giving and at this point, it is obvious that this trend is going nowhere. Designers have pitched their tents on the comfortable side of fashion and fashion giants have made editorials purely on this trend inspired by Princess Diana’s street style. This season, designers have taken this trend up a notch with the use of textured fabric such as shimmery lace and animal print.
London has always been the scene of experimentation and its designers were not afraid to show us what they had at play. Patterns ranged from Erdem’s floral power to a refreshed and upgraded version of animal print by David Koma. Colourful and extra bold play on graphic designs were not left out either. The patterns were mixed this season and rather than a clash, there was a cohesion in the different patterns that hit the runway.
Maximalist silhouettes and oversized shirts were prominent on the runway this season. Due to their proportions, they were styled alone with no pants. Also shown were big, puffy rounded sleeves and bubble hems. This trend will make a statement and will undoubtedly catch everyone’s eyes from miles away.
Checks in its variety were heavily represented on the runway this season. Designers such as Ralph Lauren gave us some nostalgic back-to-school plaid and other designers did not restrict the use of this pattern to the classic blazer but incorporated it into unexpected flowing chiffon dresses. The classic monochromatic interpretation of this trend was showcased. However, what stood out was that the pattern came in all spectrum of colour.
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