London Fashion Week AW16

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London Fashion Week AW16 showcased glitz and glamour this season with designers taking to a more feminine approach of intricate embellishments and elegant designs. Here are some of the best designer shows and the latest trends to inspire you!

Edited by: Abby Kessock-Philip

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN RETURNS TO LONDON

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After years spent away from London, Sarah Burton brought the brand back to its roots in London. The show represented the brand at its best and exhibited a collection that pushed the boundaries of expression and explored femininity in the most glamorous of ways. The embellishments on the garments and the choice of fabrics screamed perfection and demonstrated the effort and precision that went in to every piece. Capes are definitely a notable trend for AW16 featuring in a number of shows; Sarah Burton (at Alexander McQueen) produced an elegant cape with gold embroidery.

RETRO DREAMS: ANYA HINDMARCH

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Every year Anya Hindmarch generates a memorable and aesthetically pleasing performance with her use of bright colours and pop art style graphics. This year Hindmarch was primarily inspired by retro games like Pac-man and Space Invaders, which represented her quirky brand style. This season oversized silhouettes are a popular trend featured on catwalks such as Marques Almeida. Hindmarchs’ line included an assortment of oversized coats with classic retro game prints that correlated with the shoes worn.

SEQUINS AND MULTICOLOURED FRO’S : ASHISH

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Ashish took a step back in time for AW16, with every model wearing a coloured afro wig that coordinated with the colours of the attire, drawing inspiration from the 70’s. Sequins were used repeatedly on several different shows including Topshop, Unique and Preen, and dominated the Ashish catwalk. Oversized brightly coloured jumpers were also a continual feature of the Ashish collection.

CONTRASTS: CHRISTOPHER KANE

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Inspired by decay, Christopher Kane’s AW16 collection displays looks with a combination of contrasting fabrics and textures. Small details such as the flowers and wilting roses are stitched onto bags, garments and also on the plastic bonnets. There were a number of chunky knitwear pieces in the collection paired with mid to floor length skirts. Kane’s collection also perfected the neutral/nude colour trend with a number of garments following the nude to grey colour palette.

COLLARS AND COCKTAIL DRESSES: MARY KATRANTZOU

IMAGE 5Cocktail dresses have been a huge trend this season, with the likes of Burberry, Preen, and House Of Holland all producing different types. The Mary Katrantzou collection of cocktail dresses have brightly coloured geometric style prints, with sharp collars and long sleeves. Netted and sheer fabrics also made a common appearance at fashion week, Mary Katrantzou had floor length, high neck dresses in a netted fabric with graphics printed on to them creating a seductive undertone to an otherwise fully covered dress.

FAUX FUR AND VELVET: TOPSHOP UNIQUE

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Topshop’s Unique AW16 collection featured a number of crushed velvet garments, including a rusty orange coat partnered with leopard print and lace (pictured above) and also a selection of black velvet rectangular cut out dresses and tops. Faux fur is also an up and coming trend in which Topshop Unique showed a collection of classy rich cream coloured coat of different lengths.

FRILLY AND FEMININE: J.W. ANDERSON

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From scalloped petal skirts to bulky frills in tops, J.W. Anderson incorporated ruffles and frills in a number of looks. A particular look that was repeated was the bulky jumper paired with a ruffled layered skirt. J.W. Anderson represented a retro style in a modern format using boxy futuristic designs and a crisp colour palette.