All The Celebs, Trends And News You Might Have Missed From London Fashion Week
Katie Wright reports on the major stories from the biannual style blitz
20 February 2019
All Credits: PA
Activism Was In The In The Air
The biggest trend of London Fashion Week AW19 wasn’t a hemline length or particular shade of purple, it was an attitude. Specifically, activism.
It kicked off on the opening day when model Adwoa Aboah and singer Emeli Sandé took to the catwalk alongside bereaved family members in support of the Justice4Grenfell campaign, to highlight the lack of progress in rehousing families and improving other buildings following the fire that killed 72 people in 2017.
Matty Bovan Recycled The Past
Prior to her own show, Westwood was in attendance as a spectator at Matty Bovan, the young upstart who is tipped for big things.
No doubt the doyen of British fashion will have approved of Bovan’s third outing at LFW, in which he repurposed old knitwear, vintage Liberty fabrics and assorted cast-offs to craft his signature bonkers-but-brilliant full skirts and corsets.
Wearable it wasn’t, but creative? Certainly, and that’s what makes London better than all the other fashion weeks.
Matty Bovan AW19 (Ian West/PA)
Erdem Was More Regal Than Ever
Frequently worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Erdem has quickly become a British fashion institution – and this time around designer Erdem Moralioglu really leaned into the royal theme, with a collection inspired by Princess Orietta Doria Pamphilj, an Italian noblewoman whose fashion heyday was the Sixties.
That meant swathes of billowing floral satin, voluminous jewel toned gowns, and feathery cocktail dresses. We can’t wait to see Kate or Meghan in one.
Erdem AW19 (Isabel Infantes/PA)
Puffy proportions were also trending on another beloved Brit’s catwalk, but these were mostly short, sweet and ready for the dance floor, not a state dinner.
Christopher Kane’s fabulously Eighties-inflected slew of bright baby doll frocks, teensy mini skirts and satin midi dresses came with his usual injection of black humour. Literally – what looked like a black leather coat was actually latex, and the fetish fabric was used throughout the collection. We wouldn’t expect anything less.
Christopher Kane AW19 (Ian West/PA)
Victoria Beckham Branched Out
It was a big season for Victoria Beckham, as she announced her forthcoming beauty brand just before fashion week, launched a YouTube channel and held her second ever show in London, which was deemed by many as her best yet.