Spring into new fashion: Fresh from the catwalk

Photo of a model on the catwalk, wearing Nicoll Blue, during the Roksanda Autumn/Winter 2017 London Fashion Week show at Surrey Street, London.
Photo of a model on the catwalk, wearing Nicoll Blue, during the Roksanda Autumn/Winter 2017 London Fashion Week show at Surrey Street, London.
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The UK’s biggest designer names have unveiled their winter wares at the biannual London Fashion Week shows.

The second stop on the global fashion month train brought the style set to London, a five-day extravaganza of designers revealing their autumn/winter collections – clothes that’ll also heavily influence what the high street produces later this year.

Photo of a model on the catwalk for the Burberry February 2017 Collection

Photo of a model on the catwalk for the Burberry February 2017 Collection

So what does AW17 have in store? It’s a largely optimistic outlook (a reaction to the current political climate, perhaps?), with lots of colour, pretty prints and a return to fashion as escapism.

These are the trend-setting shows that will dictate how you’ll be dressing next season...

BURBERRY’S MOORE-ISH APPEAL

The look: The Henry Moore sculptures that lined the runway were an indicator of what was to come – large, rounded shoulders and smooth, undulating silhouettes, plus lots of white cotton ruffles and a finale of insanely beautiful decorative capelets.

A model on the catwalk for Paul Costelloe AW17

A model on the catwalk for Paul Costelloe AW17

The trends: Deconstructed and embellished sweatshirts; oversized shirting; ruffles; oversized shoulders.

Standout piece: A grey marl sweatshirt covered with loops of cord breathes new life into the athleisure trend.

TOPSHOP’S NINETIES TRIP

The look: Mixing tomboyish sport tops and cargo pants with silk slip dresses and chintzy prints, the traveller girl who floated down the Topshop Unique catwalk proved there’s life in the Nineties trend yet.

The catwalk during the Christopher Kane AW17 collection show

The catwalk during the Christopher Kane AW17 collection show

The trends: Extra-long sleeves; extra-short miniskirts; slouchy denim; oversized sweaters; floral bias-cut dresses.

Standout piece: The stunning pale pink silk dress that was slit to the thigh.

KANE’S FLOWER POWER

The look: Prissy botanical prints were fashioned into sharp-as-you-like pencil dresses, making way for loose midi-length looks and more than a dash of sequins, all infused with Christopher Kane’s signature kookiness.

A model on the catwalk for Mulberry AW17

A model on the catwalk for Mulberry AW17

The trends: Wallpaper florals; white winter coats; librarian cardigans; molten metallics; pleated skirts; 3D flowers.

Standout piece: Will any starlet be brave enough to wear the stunning floral-embellished sequin and taffeta creation on the red carpet?

PETER PILOTTO’S PERUVIAN ADVENTURE

The look: Snugly knit dresses, huge tweed coats and Peruvian quilting techniques combined at Peter Pilotto, suggesting a girl who is ready for adventure.

The trends: Statement sweaters; tweed; quilted coats; hanky hem dresses; extra-long sleeves.

Standout piece: The black, khaki and orange knit dress had the FROW (that’s front row, for those who don’t speak the fashion lingo...) longing for next winter already.

Roksanda Autumn/Winter 2017 London Fashion Week show at Surrey Street, London

Roksanda Autumn/Winter 2017 London Fashion Week show at Surrey Street, London

ROKSANDA’S RICH REWARDS

The look: Loose, long and flowing, Roksanda’s Seventies-inspired silhouette was tied kimono-style at the waist, the rich palette of earthy colours lending it lots of warmth.

The trends: Quilted coats; obi belts; asymmetric hems; oversized outerwear; slouchy long boots; red, from tomato to oxblood. Standout piece: The quilted coat-cape hybrid is statement outerwear at it’s best.

MULBERRY’S MASH-UP

The look: Paying homage to the brand’s heritage, Mulberry’s Johnny Coca presented a mannish mishmash of check coats, striped shirts and demure dresses topped off with pussy bows. The trends: Tweed; heritage checks; statement sweaters; quilting; pleats; tiered ruffles; wallpaper florals.

Standout piece: The mustard midi dress blended retro florals with a modern silhouette.

Models on the catwalk during the Topshop Unique Autumn/Winter 2017 show

Models on the catwalk during the Topshop Unique Autumn/Winter 2017 show

A model on the catwalk for the PETER PILOTTO AW17

A model on the catwalk for the PETER PILOTTO AW17

The catwalk during the Topshop Unique Autumn/Winter 2017 London Fashion Week show at Tate Modern, London

The catwalk during the Topshop Unique Autumn/Winter 2017 London Fashion Week show at Tate Modern, London

A model on the catwalk for Peter Pilotto AW17

A model on the catwalk for Peter Pilotto AW17