London Fashion Week: AW16 Trends

From Brit punk style to the decade defining the new season, we round up the top five trends spotted on the catwalks of London Fashion Week.

We’re now halfway through the fast-paced, sartorial whirlwind that is fashion month and earlier this week crowds of fashion insiders, street style stars and FROW regulars descended upon our capital city to catch a first glimpse of the top trends which will be taking over our wardrobes for autumn/winter 2016. Read on for our round-up of the top trends from this season’s biggest shows…

Heritage Punk

Mixing British heritage influences with vibrant London cool-girl attitude, some of Britain’s biggest brands such as Burberry and Mulberry, revamped iconic punk style for the new season. Work fashion’s new mood this autumn/winter with military-inspired outerwear, borrowed-from-the-boys tailoring and stylish kilt skirts.

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Eclectic Eccentricity

We’re calling it the Gucci effect – the vintage styling direction brought to the iconic fashion house by Alessandro Michele has made its way into the hearts of London’s best designers for autumn/winter 2016. This is a trend to have fun with; think 30s and 40s style dresses worn with sumptuous fur coats and don’t be afraid to clash animal prints and luxe textures for an extra dose of English-eccentric charm.

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Art Nouveau Goth

A trend we first saw on the catwalks of New York, the glamourous makeover of goth has made its way onto London’s runways. Welcome the dark side into your wardrobe next season with rich black velvet, stylised prints and sheer panelling as seen at Mulberry, Christopher Kane and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. This trend, which was once reserved for rebellious youth, is now simple, sophisticated and all grown up.

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80s Mania

From Paul Smith to House of Holland, the 1980s fashion scene was the most popular decade for inspiration at the AW16 London shows. Female power is one of the hottest topics of conversation this season so channel your inner businesswoman with a strong power suit and a crisp white shirt. The decade of disco is also sure to influence our partywear wardrobes next season so invest in velvet, ruffles and sequinned pieces to guarantee your shining moment on the dancefloor.

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Future Gazing

From sparkling galactic embroidery at Alexander McQueen to space cadets walking the runway at House of Holland and planetary ring-inspired silhouettes at J.W. Anderson, fashion launched into the cosmos for autumn/winter 2016. For the most wearable ways to wear the trend, update your wardrobe with star prints, futuristic shades of silver and quirky space age jacquard designs.

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Not looking this far ahead? Check out our top three trends for spring/summer 2016 – Global Traveller, Riviera and Mono Graphic.

(Images courtesy of Vogue Runway)

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