As the penultimate day of London Fashion Week kicks off, the city is bracing itself to wave goodbye to the style set once more – but what exactly have we learned from the five-day extravaganza?
From fond farewells to models of the moment and what’s in store for our future wardrobes, we take a look at the crucial lessons learned from London’s autumn/winter 2018 shows.
In what will surely be autumn’s most uplifting trend, this season designers celebrated in kaleidoscopic colour.
Perhaps the most anticipated collection of them all, Christopher Bailey’s last hurrah at Burberry was a celebration of LGBT+ youth that made itself known with rainbow checks covering everything from puffer jackets to baseball caps, while Cara Delevingne’s faux-fur rainbow provided a dramatic finale.
Elsewhere, Jasper Conran presented tonal outfits in navy blue, Kermit green, orange and Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Ultraviolet, while Richard Malone offered riding jackets and checked tabards in a vibrant colour scheme of aqua-blue and Milk Tray-purple.
This has been a stellar catwalk season for Model of the Year Adwoa Aboah. With her striking looks and effortless cool-girl credentials, Aboah dominated the runway at New York Fashion Week and did the same on her return to London.
Here, she walked for a host of designers including Ashley Williams and Matty Bovan as well as opening for Christopher Bailey’s final Burberry show.
And her influence was also heavily felt off the runway too. Opening London Fashion Week, the model of the moment gave a rousing speech in her new role as the British Fashion Council’s positive fashion ambassador for model health and diversity.
She spoke candidly about how people at the top of the industry had allowed a “rampant abuse of power and fear”, and said “we must work tirelessly to ensure that we empower [models] to have a voice and not be scared.”