London Fashion Week 23 concluded on Tuesday night with Richard Quinn’s final fashion show in honor of Her Majesty The Queen. The week was unusually quiet, with no parties or dinners. In some ways, however, the week felt quieter than usual.
London Fashion Week is known for its creativity and innovation. It also champions young designers. Each designer is unique, and finding a line connecting one runway to the next can sometimes be difficult. This season, however, we saw some notable trends emerge.
Many brands continue to favor cutouts, and this season saw them used to highlight the hips. Many designers used diagonal cutouts, often joined by a series of buttons. Other than that, lace was used as a hero-appliance, with insets on skirts and dresses. Romantically inclined people will also have seen a heart motif appearing across many collections.
Scroll down to learn about the latest trends at London Fashion Week S/S23.
The top trends of London Fashion Week S/S23:
Cutouts are a popular trend, as skin-bared silhouettes have become a huge hit on the runways over the past few years. Designers have focused on a particular type of shape this season. They used diagonal and asymmetric cutouts on the catwalk. Cutouts are taking on a new angle with S/S23, from Poster Girl to Rejina Pyo to Eftychia and Chet Lo.
Many designers also choose to connect cutouts with buttons or clasp closures. This trend is shown below by Rejina Pyo, Eftychia and can also be seen on a pair at Christopher Kane of trousers with connected cutouts.
Cutout tops and dresses have been in fashion for some time, but this London Fashion Week saw the trend take root. Side splits were a common feature of biker shorts, wide-leg jeans, and all manners of skirts. Nensi Dojaka added trinkets in the shape of hearts to her cutouts. Masha Popova highlighted the hips with cutout waistbands for jeans and skirts made from denim.
We see lace all the time, but designers this season are drawing inspiration from something else: nightgowns. These nightgowns are not what your grandmother would wear to bed.
Insets of lace have been added to skirts and dresses, creating interest in otherwise simple silky fabrics. JW Anderson and Rixo combined their lace with yellow dresses. Christopher Kane added the detail to a mini blue.
Off by Heart
Designers encourage consumers to wear their hearts on their sleeves this spring/summer, from Nensi Dojaka and Molly Goddard. Or, more precisely, on their hips and feet. Fashion week saw heart motifs at many shows.
Nensi Dojaka also added heart-shaped appliqués to bra tops, maxi dresses, biker shorts, and biker skirts. Molly Goodard’s model wore cowboy boots with heart-engraved motifs. Paul and Joe played into romanticism by sending models down the runway in heart-printed dresses, trousers, and shirts.