Unapologetically proud of fellow Brits, we take a closer look at the street style that makes LFW just so… fabulous.
Although overwhelmed with excitement for the shows, runways and parties on home turf for Backstage Tales, our team knew that LFW also brought fresh ideas mainly by our favourite street style icons. The sun was out but so were trench coats, and as for the torrential rain… we enjoyed wedge sandals and a pair of rose-tinted sunglasses.
Ripples of excitement from over the pond previously in NYFW fuelled inspiration for our British boys and girls’ wardrobes over the stylish season. Layering lightweight early autumn pieces that could be mistaken for summer wear in darker colours paired with a contrasting heavier and warmer piece meant that accessories could shine while complimenting an outfit. Fitted coats and jackets would be popular on cooler days during fashion week when London was looking overcast… or sunnier afternoons, because who says a fluffy pink jacket isn’t acceptable in even the most impractical weather?! Jumpers and sweats were also popular as streetwear and are what London did best for SS18, of course, finished with a sock boot or leather mini skirt and some 90’s sunnies’!
Braver than others, some invested in their entire bodies making up a look with face paints, makeup and hair cool enough to out impress any of its critiques. With the outfit taking centre stage why not exhibit each piece on the body as a complete aesthetic? (totally inspired with a DGAF attitude of- course).
A leather jacket or fitted blazer had been a popular option along with statement-making shades, and larger fitted but plain tee or trousers, to leave a clean-cut image. Colourways for this vibe revolved around black, charcoals, denim and off-whites leaving sophistication as the main theme yet still leaving a bold impression.
It felt like nothing was off the cards for Londoners with CDG inspired giant polka dots or oversized frills and contrasting textiles leaving an inspiring amount of liberal self-expression as the week went on. Introducing styles and combining old-school looks with a tailored trouser suit or jacket meant streetwear was no longer just “urban” but brought an edge to an otherwise predictable outfit. British culture is made up of so many different individuals with varying backgrounds and communities so by choosing to clash styles and looks together we create a totally new and fresh aesthetic. Who knew a Burberry and trouser could look so good with battered Converse and a cropped tee or metallic spaghetti strap top?!
Celebrating subculture and wearing as many OTT accessories as we can is what being a Brit is all about right?
Text: Ellie Botti
Images: Gill Case