London Fashion Week turned up the glamour this season with a resplendent roster of party dresses, from sashaying models in sequin minis to floor-skimming cocktail gowns. From designer and model debuts to the return of the Burberry cap, we present nine memorable moments from London Fashion Week thus far
Ralph & Russo
British couture house Ralph & Russo brought its red carpet dressing to the London Fashion Week schedule for the first time this season. The debut ready-to-wear collection was everything we hoped for and more, pairing deft, feminine tailoring with an abundance of feathers, ruffles and shimmering fabrics, reflective of the brand’s modern spin on ladylike glamour. Favourites included floor-skimming cocktail gowns with seductive thigh splits, diaphanous trench coats and gleaming metallic two pieces.
London has fallen hook, line and sequin for American designer Michael Halpern’s kaleidoscopic collection of sparkling flares, glitzy tunics and bedazzling bodycon dresses, infused with seventies glamour. This season, glossy snakeskin and cheetah print also prowled the runway show, which was followed by a celebratory dinner hosted by MATCHESFASHION.COM.
Molly Goddard also sprinkled a little glitter on her collection this season. Her signature doll-like dresses were reimagined in glitzy silver sequins, grounded by flat boots. Sadiq Khan turned out for the show, cheering on Goddard’s gang of cool girls including Edie Campbell, who accessorised her voluminous white frock with an e-cigarette and half-full wine glass.
Kaia Gerber, daughter of Cindy Crawford, walked alongside her brother Presley at the Burberry show, held at Old Sessions House in Clerkenwell. Both wore Burberry baseball caps in Vintage check, transforming the traditional ‘chav cap’ into this season’s hot new headpiece. Further covetable accessories included The Giant, a reversible tartan tote and clunky clog boots finished with contrasting laces.
The new see-now, buy-now collection from Topshop was a gloriously tactile, glitzy blend of disco-destined party dresses, metallic trousers, faux fur coats and candy-coloured tailoring. Olivia Palermo, Jessie Ware, Kate Moss and her daughter Lila Grace were among attendees at the star-studded show.
Presented at the National Portrait Gallery, Roland Mouret’s new collection paired signature figure-hugging dresses with light, languid designs in folky and floral prints. The French designer has also launched a seductive new scent, Une Amourette – an alluring, lingering blend of neroli, iris, vanilla.
Pringle is the oldest fashion house in the world but never fails to impressive with its inventive and modern approach to knitwear. As per previous seasons, Pringle honoured its Scottish heritage and celebrated the versatility of yarn with a collection of lightweight, effortless dresses, skirts and jumpers. It was a care-free, feminine collection of innovative, sculptural silhouettes that proved knitwear is not just for winter. Our favourite? The delicious Limoncello twinsets.
This season’s spellbinding set from Anya Hindmarch brought suburbia to SW1 via a gigantic, light-up house, occupied by Hindmarch housewives. Playfully coined Absurbia, the colourful new collection placed a subversive spin on everyday suburbia, featuring vibrant housecoats, fuzzy slippers and, of course, heaps of covetable handbags. Totes, clutches and bowling bags were embellished with irreverent prints and wonderfully oversized key charms.
This season, Emilia Wickstead's tried-and-true formula of sophisticated dresses was flavoured with a pinch of provocation, through daring translucent fabrics and flirtatious cuts. There were also plenty feminine dresses to satisfy Wickstead’s loyal crowd, including a red showstopper laced with oversized bows.