London's fashion scene has always celebrated young talent. As seasons go by, however, these designers are growing up and evolving into formidable businesses thanks to their creative/business savvy. For Spring 2020, the old and new guards veered into new territory while remaining faithful to their roots, which made for one of the strongest London showings in recent memory. Before we head to the Milan swing, here's a look back at the 10 biggest runway trends from London Fashion Week.
Bold neon greens in eye-catching hues lit up the runways at Christopher Kane and Mark Fast. The jarring color proved a hit in shirt-dresses and lace dresses alike.
Ruffles are by no means new, but they were used in exaggerated shapes and big proportions in many collections including Molly Goddard and Huishan Zhang.
Panels of checks and plaids in black and white (Burberry) and bright colors (Rejina Pyo) were widely used on dresses and tailored suits.
Powdered blues, pale pinks and a combination of the two took hold on the runways for Emilia Wickstead and Roberta Einer in everything from sheer dresses to billowy separates.
Long heavy fringe came adorned on sleeves like at Burberry or on entire dresses ala Mark Fast. One common theme, however, is that bigger is almost certainly better.
This season, ease and movement are one of the biggest themes designers explored, with diaphanous gowns and flowy dresses in chiffon fabrics adding another dimension of fluidity for spring.
Floral prints are bigger, more colorful, and extra bold this season, with Richard Quinn's show-stopping rose numbers leading the way and Erdem's floor-length dresses getting some floral love as well.
The silhouette of the season in London is dresses and tops with round, sloped shoulders. The effect carries over to the sleeves, with rounded lines giving a powerful shape.
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Sheer fabrics were utilized across varying levels, from see-through sleeve details at Toga to full-on naked dressing at Emilia Wickstead. Layering and undergarments take sheer dressing to wearable territory.
Baggy shirts, oversized jackets and extra-long tops were seen everywhere from Marques Almeida to Roksanda. Their big proportions were paired with either no pants or slim trousers.