Trends that stood out | Folklore, victorian inspiration, micro sequins, chintz florals, and tie-on belts

A continuation of the season of many firsts, London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 has found a new home in Soho (Brewer Street car park, to be precise). There was an undeniable focus on tradition and crafts this season, and here is what you would be wearing, come spring 2016 (an English summer edition)|

London fashion week spring summer 2016

Keeping up with their tradition of integrating fashion and technology, Burberry’sFUNCTIONREGALIA made its debut on Snapchat this season (with all behind-the-scenes scoop at their HQ). Last season (Fall/Winter 2016), the house had made its shift from structured Burberry-esque pieces to softer free-flowing silhouettes. Continuing with its streak of modern romanticism, vintage-inspired dresses, summer trenches, peacoats, slip dresses, slinky satin silk skirts (with details reminiscent of the Queen’s guard like metallic cording, brass buttons) were highlights of the show.

Also spotted| The brand’s new nylon backpack with monogrammed initials (after the much-acclaimed blanket cape)

Victoria, Victoria Beckham took inspiration from Marrakech (Jardin Majorelle), hence blue and white were the dominant colors of her showcase. An emphasis on oversized silhouettes, folksy florals, off-white lace, voluminous cape dresses, and frayed-hem culottes was spotted in her collection.

Belstaff concentrated on oceanic elements that featured prominently on turtlenecks, shiny nylon bombers, and asymmetrical hemlines. The color palette swayed gently from soft greys, and browns, khakhi, and powdered blues.

London fashion week S/S clothing

Peter Pilotto collection comprised of solid colors, black graphic lines, huge white polka dots and delicate forms. Flared culottes, midi skirts, tiered ruffled skirts, were molded in sheer silhouettes and diaphanous lace.

Mary Katrantzou spring summer 2016 runway clothing

Mary Katrantzou’s collection had a volley of dresses walking down the runway- from shift to fit-n-flare, tiered, peplum and asymmetrical hemlines. All of these were intricately woven with tiny flower prints, micro sequins, and metallic quilting.

Topshop Unique’s collection is what every girl would want, smart pieces borrowed from your man’s wardrobe, tailored to drape her precociously. Hence there were chiffon dresses and cricket vests, cigarette pants and pinstriped blazers, worn with mismatched earrings and furry stilettoes.

London fashion week 2016

Temperley London’s collection featured a lot of sundresses with heavy embroidery, abstract and floral patterns. It focused on details with occasional ruffles and flounces, mirror sequins and tassel embroidery, a tropical bird print and Panama hats.

Phoebe English’s showcase was filled with dreamy silhouettes and wearable pieces, with deconstruction at the crux of her entire collection. The neutral color palette showcased frayed edges, overlapped hemlines, tulle handfuls and slightly askew camisoles.

Jonathan Saunders

Jonathan Saunders had a presentation of effortless, breezy shapes. His much-acclaimed bias-cut dresses were featured with color blocking and prints. The designer also played with a lot of mismatched prints this season, as seen on dresses and blouses.

Stay tuned for our reports on Milan and Paris.

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