From animal patterns to scarlet fever, via a prim femininity and plumes of feathers, Drapers digests the key womenswear trends from autumn 19 London Fashion Week.
There is no escaping the trend for all things animal carrying over into another season and into autumn 19. London designers went bold, as oversized feline spots were daubed across outfits from head to toe. Exotic-patterned outerwear will be a key buy.
The dressed-up ladies who made their first appearance at Riccardo Tisci’s debut collection at Burberry for spring 19 were on the march this season, as the prim-and-proper look permeated throughout the London catwalks. This is an elegant, smart femininity channelled through precisely tailored blazers and coats, slinky knee-length skirts and matching twinsets, where hardy wools contrast with luxurious silks.
While sequins once dominated London Fashion Week as the over-the-top embellishment of choice, there was a new contender in town this season: feathers. Adorning pieces in a large number of collections, plumes added a luxurious finesse, whether as a delicate detail or trim, or full-on, all-over decoration.
From Scottish tartans and plaids, to traditional herringbone and houndstooth, heritage patterns were a stand-out trend for autumn 19, alongside other Great British classics such as argyle patterns and tweedy wools.
Bodice details, bralettes and corsets were a mini-trend of note on the London catwalks. Coming in a variety of iterations, they were often layered over items and incorporated into garments in new and interesting ways.
Despite the doom, gloom and political unrest hanging over the UK, designers turned to escapism this season, ramping up the glamour to new levels. Think dramatic, oversized couture-esque silhouettes, bold and vivid colours, and dense prints and patterns.
Autumn 19 is shaping up to be a vibrantly colourful season, whether in bold prints and patterns, or worked in colour-blocked outfits. A palette of yellow shades brought sunshine to the New York catwalks, but in London it was bold reds that caught our eye.
Hide and seek
Leather and leather-like fabrics have established themselves as a key autumn 19 catwalk buy (see Proenza Schouler and Zimmermann from New York Fashion Week), but in London the more commercial end of the trend came through in sleek and shiny fabrics, used to best effect on outerwear.
Historical references lent a sense of grandeur to some ranges this season, in the form of Elizabethan necklines, oversized leg-of-mutton sleeves and dramatic peplum trims. This is a trend to watch for the dress-focused eveningwear market.
London Fashion Week designers are keeping things cosy for autumn 19, showing models wearing tights under skirts and dresses. Simple styles, such as the classic opaque black option, were shown alongside colourful options, printed versions and embellished designs.
London Fashion Week: the top 10 autumn 19 trends