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London Fashion Week always brings on the new trends of the season. From prestigious luxury houses to emerging designers, there's always something to discuss in the British capital's fashion scene. And autumn 2023 is no different. For this upcoming season, the trends are as varied but as exciting as ever. David Koma, for instance, has set crimson as the color of autumn 2023. Erdem, on the other hand, rebuts that florals are just as suitable for autumn as they are for spring. And Roksanda? She insists that this season ought to be all about dramatic sleeves. What trend are you excited to wear?
David Koma's muse for his autumn 2023 collection is Marlene Dietrich, the German-American actress who paved the way for androgynous dressing in the 1930s. The spirit of the Old Hollywood movie star was ever-present in the designer's dominatrix looks, from the strictest suits to the glamorous furs. But what truly stood out from David Koma's London show was the color crimson, both in his most showstopping looks and on the runway itself. It was clear that crimson is the color of the season. Even Hermès confirmed it when they showed the color at Paris Fashion Week. Koma's crimson crusade, however, was full of confidence, much like Deitrich herself during her heyday!
Source: David Koma YouTube Channel
Burberry's signature checks were on full display at their autumn 2023 show in London Fashion Week. The collection marked Daniel Lee's debut on the British designer brand. An Englishman himself, he didn't fail to put in as many signature British sartorial cues in his first collection. But perhaps the most striking out of all of them were the colorful checks. Lee trotted them out in such wacky shades of purple, crimson, neon yellow, cobalt blue, and more. They rendered suits, sweaters, jackets, knitwear, and outerwear. Suddenly, the centuries-long pattern had a fresh and more youthful feel to it. Perhaps it's a sign of what's to come under Lee's tutelage?
Source: Burberry YouTube Channel
You'll know that something will be a big trend if it appeared on many designers' runways. And in the last autumn 2023 London Fashion Week, that something was statement sleeves. Erden had them, Huishan Zhang had them, and Simone Rocha had them too. But arguably none were as dramatic as the sleeves Roksanda showed. In her haute couture-like presentation, her sleeves were as showstopping as ever. Some ballooned in a Victorian fancy that the legendary queen herself would be proud of. Others billowed as the models walked down the runway. Imagine how beautiful the women would feel when their sleeves wafted away against London's autumn breezes!
Source: Fashion Feed YouTube Channel
Paul Costelloe's autumn 2023 show was his own ode to Dublin, his birthplace. It was clear from the slightly grungy attitude to the fine tailoring. His clothes had the cosmopolitan appeal of the Irish capital whilst upholding the city's own rugged aesthetic. And the ultimate standout was the shoulder! Every shoulder was shaper than the other, whether they were tailored to perfection or elongated for a more dramatic flair. The look still had Dublin in mind, but it also added a bit of the 1940s Hollywood a'la Joan Crawford. There's no doubt that women will love it come autumn!
Source: Paul Costelloe YouTube Channel
Bloomsbury is a neighborhood in London's West End. Lined with elegant Georgian townhouses, it's among the most beautiful parts of the British capital. And it just so happens to be where designer Erdem Moralioglu lives. The house where he resides now was once “a home of hope” for women of the Victorian era. And it's here where he started off his dark yet utterly romantic collection of dramatic sleeves, colorful lace, and most notably, autumn florals. The latter had so much richness and depth to them that they were far from the springtime fancy most folks would recognize them for. Even Miranda Priestly would find them groundbreaking!
Source: Erdem YouTube Channel
You can always trust JW Anderson to add a bit of the avant-garde to his clothes, the kind that would make you think as much as it would make you feel. His autumn 2023 show in London Fashion Week was no different. This season, he opted for glaring graphics, ranging from reworked iconic logos to even a tinge of comedic eroticism. These weren't just your average prints or logomania. Anderson took it to a whole other level. Think of the outline of male genitalia plastered over a top. Or a t-shirt reworked to look like a Coca-Cola bottle.
Source: JW Anderson YouTube Channel
Try as she might, Molly Goddard will likely never escape her girlish fancies. She wanted her autumn 2023 collection to be a departure from her signature subverted innocent aesthetic. “What I found the biggest challenge of the season was not doing the thing that actually comes to me easiest, which is like a big, bright, colorful, enormous showstopper,” the designer told the fashion press. But the moment the tulle skirts came out, it was clear that Goddard was still in her usual territory. And that's not a bad thing! On the contrary, the drop-waisted ballerina silhouette made for an intriguing look for the next season.
Source: Molly Goddard YouTube Channel
Puplums were among Christopher Kane's main elements for his autumn 2023 collection. His show had a lot of things going on—from psychedelic prints to shimmering fabrics. But amidst all that, his peplum pieces were arguably the stars of the show. They added volume to the silhouette, making for a fascinating shape that's bound to be a big trend come autumn. It also provided a refined touch, in that even when paired with something as simple as a sweater, it still looks business-worthy. And even in various fabrications, his peplum never lost its elegant appeal.
Source: Christopher Kane YouTube Channel
As usual, London Fashion Week set some of the biggest and most fascinating trends for autumn 2023. From the color of the season to scintillating silhouettes, the season looks to be a fashionable one!