London Fashion Week has come to an end. The biannual event solidified trends from New York as London fashion brands presented their visions for Spring 2019.

Here are our favourite moments from London Fashion week:

1. Victoria Beckham’s 10th anniversary in the fashion industry.

There is no denying how captivating Victoria Beckham is. Singer, fashion designer, mother, and with undeniable arm candy for a husband, it has been inspiring to watch her evolve consistently into the powerhouse she is today.

The build up to her runway show has been enthralling. First, with this behind the scenes video for her shoot with British Vogue in honour of her “style icon” status and her self-titled brand’s success. The contrast between her composed demeanour and her unexpected sense of humour is thoroughly enjoyable.

Then Victoria posted this video on her Instagram from her show’s after party. She reminded us that she is in fact Posh Spice as she sang along to a Spice Girls’ song and danced on a couch in high heels as she celebrated her resilient impact on the fashion industry.

 

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As for the 10th anniversary show itself? It was so Victoria Beckham. Minimal, loose fitted and chic. The collection is intrinsically Victoria Beckham. You can easily imagine her in each of her pieces. What speaks even more to her enduring vision is that as 40-something year old, you can imagine a Millenial or Gen-Zer in any of these pieces. The range is modern, generationally inclusive and has pops of 2019 spring/summer colours: red, baby blue and an orange-brown shade.

 

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2. New kid on the block Richard Quinn draws from the past.

So, Queen Elizabeth was front row at Richard Quinn’s show last season. This past Tuesday, Quinn’s show was filled with schoolchildren and students from his former school and Central Saint Martins. From the monarchy to the minors to the future of fashion, Quinn obviously has the attention of his nation.

He also sure knows how to open a show and keep his audience intrigued. In a one-shoulder black tulle baby doll dress worn over a black velvet body stocking, Quinn referenced his first show with mystery, allure and romance.

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After this McQueen-esuqe introduction, Quinn referenced various silhouettes and trends from the mid 20th century. However, the styling was ultramodern and there was a revitalising nostalgia to every look.

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The tropical trend is definitely going to be around for another season. With direct references to classic ’70s tropical look, Quinn delivers them with distinct glamour. This at times tacky print has been restored into a Spring/Summer 2019 must-have.

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I am never certain about animal prints but they have been featuring every season in bold looks that are equally tempting and frightening. Quinn uses leopard and tiger prints in dramatic and fun looks that add to his celebration of 20th century styles.

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Ricardo Tisci takes on Burberry.

The subdued and classical aesthetic of the London luxury fashion brand, Burberry, became timeless under Riccardo Tisci’s predecessor, Christopher Bailey. Only before Bailey left did he start to incorporate streetwear into Burberry collections. As Givenchy’s creative director,  Tisci gave the luxury fashion house its golden era. Givenchy was iconic under Tisci’s leadership. Tisci’s aesthetic was neo-gothic. He played with with religious iconography and printed t-shirts. He was one of the first to have a transgender model casted for an international ad campaign. He played with femininity and masculinity in his designs. He had Kanye West in a kilt. Tisci’s Givenchy was for the culture.

So his position at Burberry initially confused me. Yet again, his iconic presence at Givenchy erased any reference to what the fashion house was before him so was this going to be the beginning of a shape-shifting era?

Nope.

Tisci respected the legacy of Burberry and still had a firm grip over the 134 mens and womenswear looks that he debuted.

Tisci referenced British subcultures:

The Refined / Queen-like:

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Even though the looks are classic Burberry with the beige, red, black and white plus the trench coat. The styling is up-to-date and super chic. Spot the scarf that serves as a belt and the teeny-tiny belt bag trend.

The Skinheads / Punk:

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Here you can spot Tisci’s aesthetic even though the Punk subculture is quintessentially British – the corset, winged eyeliner, short coloured hair, school shoes, short leather skirt, fishnet stockings, and printed logos.

Victorian / Relaxed:

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Firstly, these two looks remind me of Doja Cat’s song “Mooo!” Could this be Tisci’s reference to popular culture because they both look like cows. The first look is reminiscent of Britain’s Victorian era and the craftsmanship of that blouse is magnificent – three prints masterfully combined. This is probably my favourite look from this collection. The other is laid-back, modern and casual.

Tisci drew from Burberry’s history while remain true to his creative flow. His time with Burberry is one I look forward to. The range is vast and the designs are fresher yet true to the brand.

3. Christopher Kane is still talking about sex.

Like last season, sex is still a theme Christopher Kane is sticking to for spring/summer 2019. The collection drew on the idea of sexual strength and dominance with harness-like tops in black sheer lacy material and t-shirts with alien-like creature that read “Sexual Cannibalism”, “Horsepower”, and “Foreplay”.

The collection was ultra-feminine with pleated skirts in soft shades, mini-dresses, and fits that accentuated the feminine frame.

Some looks were formal and some were super casual with an athleisure feel.

All in all, the use of contrast of materials and styling translated the diversity of how sexual desire can be expressed.

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4. But first, a trip to the market with Molly Goddard.

Probably the most out of place accessory I saw a model carrying down the runway during London Fashion Week was a cabbage. However, after learning that the collection was a trip to the market, it all makes sense.

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There were bursts of baby blue, floral prints, and polka dots but the significant was the ruffles. Layered into a voluminous construction, Goddard’s ruffles were mature and fun. Goddard’s collection was conventionally spring/summer.

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5. Veils on Veils on Veils by Erdem, Simone Rocha & Matty Bovan

Not sure if the purpose is protection from the sun or what but veils have been seen during multiple spring/summer 2019 shows. Not sure if we will be adding them to our wardrobes soon but this was definitely a consistent theme.

Erdem – The veils were over a wide brimmed hat and fastened around the neck.

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Simone Rocha – The veils were also black and draped over the entire outfit or over a hat.

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Matty Bovan – The veils were mainly around the face.

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London Fashion Week was a quick and noteworthy addition to the trajectory of spring/summer 2019. Milan Fashion Week has already began and we look eagerly to the additions from another European city.