The eight style lessons to take away from London Fashion Week

When the going gets tough, the tough dress up. Always have. Always will. It’s an atavistic human reflex. When battle looms you literally slap on your war paint. Maxed-out glamour during the 1930s. Lipstick duties during the 1940s. Solar bursts of yellow, body-caressing, stretchy knits, grown-up knee-length skirts, the crispest of shirts, plush coats and a whole lot of dress-up kit at London Fashion Week, February 2023.

This is not a balmy climate, particularly if you’re an independent designer without the cushion of perfumes, sunglasses and make-up to prop you up through the lean times and the occasional global pandemic.

And yet… this is the first time since Covid closed everything down that London Fashion Week has seemed close to recovering its old sparky spirit – both on the catwalk and the line up of A-listers in attendance, from Vanessa Redgrave to Florence Pugh and Stormzy, all proving that British fashion is still a draw.

It helped that Burberry is back here, with a new designer, 37-year-old Daniel Lee, who combines a rugged Yorkshire sensibility with the impeccable Milanese savoir-faire he learned during his spectacularly successful tenure at Bottega Veneta. Of special note: the cosy coats and functional trenches, trimmed with a mix of sheepskin and fake fur – and the deluxe saddle and gardener’s bags. 

Then there are the smaller but long-lived labels such as Roksanda, Erdem, Christopher Kane and Emilia Wickstead whose loyal fan bases have focused their designer minds on the kind of clothes that work for real life. Add in the pipeline of younger talent such as Tove, the label founded in 2019 by two Topshop veterans, and Richard Quinn, who won the first Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design in 2018 and has subsequently finessed his exuberant glamour into a supremely sophisticated

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These 3 Trends Where All Over The Runways At London Fashion Week

The fashion set have made their second stop on their bi-annual world tour, also known as fashion month.

The latest stop on their sartorial odyssey? London Fashion Week.

From Central Saint Martins to the crypts of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Britain’s best and brightest talents served up a course of Fall/Winter fashion certainly proven to appeal to the luxury consumer’s appetites.
Or at least make you crave an early winter thanks to the designers most recent interpretations of cold-weather approved ensembles.

Over at the seductive runways at Nensi Dojaka and 16Arlington, their ideas of bracing the cold weather was to not cover up at all. Save for a leather bomber or faux fur coat, these designers focused on silhouettes that were heavy on sensuality and skin-baring ensembles, and light on wet weather materials.

Across the Thames at Chet Lo and Burberry, these respective emerging and established designers prioritised quintessentially British wear through the prevalence of utilitarian, street-wear approved styles.
But nevertheless, these designers collections will soon be pinned at the top of our winter dressing mood boards for the season ahead. Below, the trends that we’ve got our eyes on as ones to watch from London Fashion Week.

Given that London has been an epicentre of arts, culture and fashion since, well, antiquity, it’s expected that the designers showing in England would take sartorial inspiration from England’s vast and rich history.

Irish darling Simone Rocha’s FW/23 collection continued her astute dedication to modernising Victorian-era romanticism, presenting a fairy-tale inspired collection filled with lace bow motifs and naval cues that easily transport us back to the upper echelon of the 19th Century.
Similarly, LVMH Prize winner S.S.Daley followed suit with the aquatic route. However, his collection included nostalgic striped blazer, Robinson Crusoe-type illustrations and contemporary Prince of Wales checks, making
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Tia Lee Yu Fen, Global C-Pop Star And Fashion Icon, Dazzles …

(MENAFN- Media OutReach Limited) HONG KONG SAR – media outreach – 10 March 2023 – Tia Lee Yu Fen (李毓芬), the globally-renowned C-pop icon, made waves at the Moncler Spring 2023 collection show at London Fashion Week. The music star donned an elegant coat, paired perfectly with a suave pair of sunglasses to show off her confidence and style.

Tia Lee at Moncler Genius FW23 show
The bold and daring outfit was chosen as a nod to her advocacy for women’s empowerment – showcased in the six-episode animation series that preceded the launch of her smash hit new single“goodbye princess”. Committed to being the face of this new wave of women’s empowerment, she has also thrown her support behind four charities for women under her #empowerher initiative . The initial charities are Beats By Girlz, Women in Music, Daughters Of Tomorrow and Teen’s Key.

Tia’s animation series attained over 100 million views, this created such a buss about“Goodbye Princess” (produced in conjunction with Grammy award-winning producer Swizz Beatz) that it was destined to become a global hit. What made“Goodbye Princess” more unique was that it marked the first time Swizz Beatz had worked on a Chinese song. He had previously focused on collaborations with the world’s most adored artists, such as Justin Bieber, Jay-Z and Madonna.

A subsequent remix of“Goodbye Princess” was released by Grammy award-winning female dj duo nervo , who have come on board as ambassadors of Tia’s #EmpowerHer campaign. The song racked up a colossal number of views as Tia became the fastest artist to break 100 million hits on YouTube within 20 days with a C-pop song.

With her appearance at London Fashion Week, Tia Lee further spoke to her own transformation and signalled that she wants other women to join her #EmpowerHer campaign.

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