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London Fashion Week S/S 18 Round Up

London Fashion Week S/S 18 Round Up

For London Fashion Week S/S 18, we were lucky enough to have Anna Rosa Vitiello, former fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar and co-founder of AndFinally, give us the full run down on what to look out for in Spring Summer 2018.

London Fashion week is the second stop of a four-city fashion month, preceded by New York and followed by Milan and Paris. To the world, it’s known as the capital of individuality, creativity and innovation. It’s the city in which new designers flourish and heritage brands, such as Burberry, continue to excite. It’s also my city, and my favourite time of year.

Teatum Jones LFW S/S 18

Ashley Williams LFW S/S 18

It has been said that Autumn/Winter is usually our season – we’re good at knitwear, outerwear, even umbrellas. But S/S 18 has busted that myth, as the runways filled with daring colour, prints and genius styling ideas for summer.

House of Holland LFW S/S 18

Emilia Wickstead LFW S/S 18

Topshop LFW S/S 18

House of Holland led the way with a collection that featured every hue of the rainbow, and much, much more. It was full of fun: lace-up 90s inspired bum bags, orange and yellow zig zag prints and multi-coloured neon knitwear for the braver souls (though I briefly imagined myself giving them a try.) The theme continued at Emilia Wickstead – a two tone dress was split into two panels: pastel pink at the front and red at the back. But at Topshop, two colours proved insufficient: an 80s-inspired sportswear look comprised of a green knit, red vest, burgundy shorts and a pink coat. The days of monochrome’s reign seem far off now.

Adwoa Aboah for Topshop LFW S/S 18

Topshop’s finale was a stand-out moment: fierce, strong women strutted down the runway led by Adwoa Aboah, an outspoken feminist and founder of Gurl Talk: an organisation designed to support young women. 

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi LFW S/S 18

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi LFW S/S 18

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi echoed this message, suggesting that women should be able to whole-heartedly embrace their femininity without feeling the prejudice that comes with it. Indeed, that has always been the Preen woman: strong, confident and dressed in pastel ruffles. But this collection was one of their strongest yet: nude tulle dresses with pilgrim-esque hats and bold red floral dresses that made the front row ache for next season.

Burberry LFW S/S 18

Burberry LFW S/S 18

Burberry is undeniably the week’s hottest ticket, and the label’s offering did all but disappoint. A return to its (in)famous check print is big news, and the collection featured the look head-to-toe in the form of baseball caps and rubberised trench coats. Burberry was one of the first global brands to whole-heartedly embrace the see-now, buy-now model, and there’s no guessing whether these immediately cult-status pieces will be flooding your instagram feed by, well, yesterday. 

Emporio Armani LFW S/S 18

This season, though, there was another brand stealing the limelight. Emporio Armani came to London for the label’s first show in a decade, bringing a Milanese slickness to the city. Eveningwear staples – accented with Armani’s signature dose of eccentricity by way of artful pins and pastel-hued frameless sunglasses – were given a fresh spin with cartoonish prints and pastel stripes. It was the perfect return to the runway. 

As the founder of an accessories focused website, my eye naturally turns to the details, and this season provided inspiration in droves. It seems apt that for S/S 18 – more than any season before – specs stole the show. But not just any kind – the distinctly retro kind. At times, they were totally mad: bright orange cat eye frames and lenses at House of Holland and purple with mirrored lenses at Topshop. But at Anya Hindmarch, the colours were more subtle, with wafer thin glasses featuring either clear lenses or a subtle rose tint.  

More than ever – as social media stars continue to influence designers – life imitated art, and the trend spilled out onto the streets. Glasses were everywhere – decorative and functional – and I’m the first to advocate their transformative power… Why else would I carry three pairs in my bag at any one time?