Photo:Courtesy of Erdem; Courtesy of 16Arlington; Courtesy of Christopher Kane
This season's London Fashion Week has overcome unexpected obstacles while the city honors the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II. Designer JW Anderson paid homage to the queen with the closing look of his show being a simple T-shirt that read "Her Majesty The Queen 1926–2022 Thank you." More abstract callouts included Richard Quinn's runway, which began with models dressed in all black with veils and crowns, and Nensi Dojaka lined her show's entryway with hydrangeas, the queen's favorite flower. While beautiful clothing surrounded these mournful statements, it symbolized a farewell to the queen and hello to a new future.
Can you believe we're already gearing up for 2023? This year went by faster than any before, and seeing designers deliver the first trends to know for the new year was such a thrill. Forever classics like animal prints and slip dresses were combined with new favorites such as bubble hems and an updated way to wear lace. Below, find the six trends you're going to want to know.
Photo:Courtesy of Rejina Pyo; Courtesy of Christopher Kane; Courtesy of JW Anderson; Courtesy of 16Arlington
Find the Naomi to your Kate and embrace your inner '90s supermodel with this trend. A simple slip dress may sound boring to many, but once you try it on, you'll see the power that minimalism holds. A perfect extension of the wardrobe staples that couldn't be missed on the runway last season, everything about these powerful slips will turn heads.
Photo:Courtesy of Simone Rocha; Courtesy of Molly Goddard; Courtesy of S.S.Daley; Courtesy of Toga
If you prefer to make a bigger statement, turn to a voluminous skirt or dress to align with the 2023 trends. Tulle and taffeta are real winners here, as they accentuate the hourglass figure to the max. It reminds me of a ballerina all grown up.
Photo:Courtesy of Halpern; Courtesy of 16Arlington; Courtesy of Nensi Dojaka
Following on the heels of the snakeskin that we saw on the runway at Khaite in New York, London designers echoed the sentiment. As brands boasted bold leopard prints and snakeskin leathers, I'm convinced that this is the new Y2K revival.
Photo:Courtesy of JW Anderson; Courtesy of Erdem; Courtesy of Christopher Kane; Courtesy of Yuhan Wang
While pastels for spring aren't groundbreaking, seeing them surrounded by lace is a fresh take on the classic color palette. London designers really brought out the romantic in me by promoting these textured pieces.
Photo:Courtesy of 16Arlington; Courtesy of Nensi Dojaka; Courtesy of Chet Lo; Courtesy of Erdem
Every fashion-industry insider has been buzzing about sheer for an entire year. There's so much to love about any risqué trend. It's evolved to include a lot of sparkle this past season, so I'm shifting my shopping to include more shine.
Photo:Courtesy of Harris Reed; Courtesy of JW Anderson; Courtesy of Chopova Lowena; Courtesy of Richard Quinn
I felt like a few of the London designers took us on a trip to the Palace of Versailles. The rococo period of art made quite the fashion statement with lots of draping, bows, and larger-than-life statement pieces. Live out your Marie Antoinette fantasies with this trend.