Six Things We’ve Learnt At London Fashion Week

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1. There’s no fashion force quite like Donatella

When Anthony Vaccarello left his position at Versus Versace earlier this year he left everybody wondering just who would be selected to take charge of the line. Who better to lead Versus than Donatella Versace herself? And lead she did (aided by a young in-house team), with a futuristic, forceful and fierce collection. The exacting cuts and body conscious silhouettes were toughened with military style fabrics and influences but were definitely designed with a party conscious set in mind. 

2. Mulberry’s bags are back and better than ever

When Johnny Coca left his role as Head Accessories and Leather Goods Designer at Céline to take up the reins as Creative Director of Mulberry, we were right to expect big things. The designer has slowly and steadily found his feet when it comes to ready-to-wear at the British house and his ss17 show consisted of many covetable sleek separates. His bags and leather goods have been absolutely spot on, especially this season with a variety of shapes, sizes and fabrics ensuring there’s a bag in this collection for everyone. Mulberry bags are back people – you heard it here first.

3. Striped shoes are happening

Both Mulberry and Topshop Unique sent some super cool striped shoes down the runway and it won’t be long till they’ll be street style staples. Mulberry’s candystriped mules will make a great addition to a working wardrobe with their stable chunky heel and have just enough colour to brighten up a boring all black outfit. 

4. White is the hue of the season 

White was a strong contender for colour of the season at New York Fashion Week, a sentiment echoed in London with a host of designers showing extremely stylish white looks. Daks’ chic trouser suit and Paul Costelloe’s belted maxi are sharp after-dark options while Emilia Wickstead’s babydoll dress is the ideal outfit for Saturday brunch.

5. The orange obsession continues

Fashion’s obsession with orange has now segued into beauty, with orange lipstick forming the foundations for beauty looks at Mary Katrantzou, PPQ and Simone Rocha. Surprisingly wearable and spot on for summer, we feel this warrants a trip to your nearest beauty department. 

6. Sideswept hair is THE hairstyle to try at home

From voluminous locks at Mother of Pearl and untamed tresses at Julien Macdonald, serious sideparts empitomised undone elegance at the London shows.  For a more dressed up take, opt for sleek straight hair as seen at J.W. Anderson or go slightly grungier by taking inspiration from Topshop Unique.