7 top trends from London Fashion Week SS16

First published: 25-09-2015

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The fashionistas of the world descended on London this September for one of the most prestigious industry events of the year: London Fashion Week SS16. Looking at the trends that will dominate our wardrobes next season, designers showed off their latest offerings with the usual flair and penchant for drama.

As always, there was a mix of ready-to-wear wardrobe staples and outrageously elaborate pieces, with a mermaid laundrette thrown in for good measure. The various looks on show have given us an insight into next year's hottest trends, so we've picked out seven key things we learned at SS16!


  1. Patterns

Thanks to exclusive access to the William Morris & Co collection of prints, Joe Richards' line showcased how patterns are going to play a big part in SS16. His designs included a never-before-seen Morris print, as well as four new ones he developed himself.

Joining Joe Richards in promoting patterns is Emilia Wickstead. From candyfloss-pink stripes to elegant florals, no pattern was off-limits in her show. The piece de resistance was a stunning gown combining two contrasting chintzes, pairing a conservative fit with dramatic prints.


  1. Pinched-in waists

A style trick spotted in many collections at LFW, the cinched-in waist is here to stay. Jumpers and coats were pulled in to create that hourglass silhouette; all you need to achieve this is a narrow leather belt.

  1. Sea chic

The nautical look is one trend that has been in vogue for a long time and shows no signs of going out of fashion any time soon. Sophia Webster has stepped up the nautical game though, courtesy of her Mermaid Laundrette show.

Tails were hung up to dry in favour of glittery platform sandals, with 'Naughty Cool' and 'Beach Babe' branded across the footwear.

Mother of Pearl joined in the nautical fun, with their straw boaters making a big statement alongside their red and white-striped pieces. We think sea-inspired clothes and accessories are going to be a big player in next season's looks!

Jersey Pearl Earrings

Pearly accessories will work beautifully with this trend, so why not pair up stripes and boaters with pearl earrings or bracelets? Jersey Pearl is the perfect brand here, so check out their range for some style inspiration.

  1. Cut-out couture

Skirt slits were all the rage at LFW, with many designers jumping on the trend and showing off a bit (well, a lot) of leg. Topshop, Pringle of Scotland and Issa all had a significant amount of cut-outs in their collections, from keyhole details at the waist to those dramatic split skirts.

Slits ranged from the demure, knee-length cuts to ones that reached the hip-bone, so it seems that daring cut-outs will be pretty big next season.

  1. Natural beauty

Jasper Conran has followed in the footsteps of Philip Lim at NYFW, going for a very natural look in his SS16 collection. Mossy greens and earthy tones were prevalent in his designs, really cementing this as an important look for next season.

  1. Fashion throwbacks

The 60s, 70s and 80s had some pretty questionable trends (mullets, anyone?), but there were some standout ones that are always worth reviving. That's exactly what happened at LFW, with many designers looking to the past to create the styles of the future.

Orla Kiely picked pieces inspired by both the 60s and 70s for a really retro collection, including beehive hairdos, miniskirts and flowing fabrics. The 70s also featured in Holly Fulton's collection, with a real flower-power feel throughout her designs.

It was back to the 80s for Preen, with plenty of ruffles everywhere and some cut-out shoulders.

With Oxfam presenting their vintage-focused show, it seems that retro style is going to be all the rage.

If you want a few pointers about achieving a vintage look with a modern twist, we've got a few tips!

Swatch Retro Watch

To complement your throwback look, a retro-looking watch will be perfect. If it's the 80s you're going for, Swatch is the go-to brand, with plenty of options for watches that look authentically vintage.

  1. Mix-and-match

The pioneer of street-style chic, Topshop presented the Unique collection. Their key approach was mix-and-match, while fluffy throws, leather and polka dots all shone throughout their designs. They were all paired up randomly with different items, creating a range of outfits that can be made signature.

Creative Director, Kate Phelan, emphasised this approach with her comments:

"There's no real formula about how things should be worn together. It's that Topshop thing, about finding your own style within the collection."

We look forward to seeing how these trends will impact fashion next season, with plenty of retro throwbacks, natural tones and bold prints taking to the runways as well as featuring in the High Street.

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