These 6 Trends Were Everywhere in London and Will Take Over This Fall


(Image credit: Chet Lo; Molly Goddard; Supriya Lele/Imaxtree; Matty Bowan/Imaxtree; Erdem; Molly Goddard; 16Arlington)

While it's hard to neatly wrap up the trends that were happening at London Fashion Week for the fall/winter 22 collections, one thing is clear: Designers were there to do their own thing, and each left distinctive footprints. In some cases, there were moments of lightness and airiness on the runways. Y2K fashion returned to the shows yet again, and pale pink was one of the major standout colors running through the collections.

On the other side of the spectrum, we saw designers ushering in darker, moodier collections. Gothic-inspired, darkly romantic pieces kept cropping up, and eveningwear was tweaked with elements like latex turtlenecks, cutouts, and completely see-through looks. Ultimately, the looks from London Fashion Week for fall/winter 2022 coalesced into some major trends that will have an impact on where fashion is headed in the coming year. Ahead are the six most important trends to know.


(Image credit: Toga; Ahluwalia/Imaxtree; Chet Lo)

Fall is traditionally linked to dark color palettes, which is why all of the pale pink on the runways at London Fashion Week stood out so much. Specifically, it's a shade of cotton-candy pink that adds some lightness to the fall collections. Already carving itself out as one of the season-defining colors for fall 2022, this is one to watch.


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(Image credit: Christopher Kane; Simone Rocha; Erdem)

While all of the cotton-candy shades provided some frothy airiness on the runways, there was also an element of gothic, dark romance running through the collections. Simone Rocha unveiled black dresses with ornate fabrics and embellished over-the-knee socks, while Erdem sent out models in intricate lace and satin looks, finished with studded gloves and oxfords.


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(Image credit: Nensi Dojaka; Ahluwalia/Imaxtree; Supriya Lele/Imaxtree)

If you had any doubts about the Y2K trend or thought that it might be slowing down, the runways are proof that it's still in full force for fall 2022. LVMH Prize winner Nensi Dojaka showcased new iterations of her iconic "floss" pieces, while Supriya Lele and Ahluwalia debuted their versions of early aughts skimp. A moment of light fashion, this trend has all of the fun.


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(Image credit: Supriya Lele)


(Image credit: Nensi Dojaka)

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(Image credit: Richard Quinn; 16Arlington; Christopher Kane)

In London, we saw more eveningwear on the runways than we have in recent memory. Though, each moment of grandeur was finished with an unexpected twist. At Christopher Kane, we saw a dress constructed from shiny vinyl, then finished with major cutouts. At Richard Quinn, the designer layered his signature latex turtlenecks under floral voluminous gowns, while 16Arlington showcased completely sheer, floor-sweeping dresses. The rules for dress codes and occasionwear are being rewritten.


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(Image credit: Christopher Kane)


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(Image credit: Vivienne Westwood; Molly Goddard; Matty Bowan/Imaxtree)

More is more, at least when it comes to prints on the fall/winter 2022 runways at London Fashion Week. Molly Goddard mixed checks with florals, Vivienne Westwood paired two different takes on tartan, and Matty Bowan layered gingham with a hand-painted print. There's also a shabby chic-meets-grunge element that is worth paying attention to.


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(Image credit: Matty Bowan)


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(Image credit: Molly Goddard; Simone Rocha; Toga)

Get ready for volume! Designers are paying attention to proportions, with more oversize silhouettes hitting the runways. In London, we saw this infused into the collections of Toga, Molly Goddard, and Simone Rocha, where big and wide shapes dominated the runways. These are pieces that bring all of the drama.


(Image credit: Simone Rocha)


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Next up: 7 Fall 2022 Trends to Know From the New York Fashion Week Shows

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.