London Fashion Week S/S 2019: The Perfect Confluence of Vintage Silhouettes and Modern Tailoring
From cinched waists and vintage statement hats to a slam dunk of sequins, metallics and laces, we bring forth to you all the trends of Spring 2019 from the iconic London Fashion Week spelled out in detail. United Kingdom, which is home to London, one of the biggest fashion capitals in the world, boasts of highly diversified and developed fashion dynamics that thrive on the perfect balance of luxury, retail and online domains of the fashion industry. The last seven years have witnessed a sturdy growth in UK’s apparel and footwear market as it is anticipated that 2018 would set the market value at 60.7 billion euros. The annual expenditure on clothing saw a major increase and ended at 65.7 billion euros in 2017 according to statisca.com.
Leading brands of United Kingdom have made headlines globally that include high-street retailers such as Primark, Next, New Look, and online giants like ASOS. The pioneer of luxury fashion in London, Burberry saw a major transformation this year under the reign of Riccardo Tisci with its all new monogram, logo and a zeal for sustainability. In fact, several UK brands upheld the banner of sustainability, by complete boycott of the use of non-animal-friendly fibres like leather, mohair and most importantly, fur. ASOS was one of the biggest online retail chains to execute these sustainable fashion initiatives.
The wave of sustainability also hit the Spring/Summer 2019 edition of the London Fashion Week as British Fashion Council accomplished its promise of a fur-free London Fashion Week as most of the designers pledged to avoid any fur usage in their collections. This made LFW one of the first major fashion weeks to go fur-free.
The recent ‘Brexit’ might have made the political scenario of UK volatile, but it also brought forth the best out of the designers this time. Sensational collections hit the runways for the first time, like Riccardo Tisci’s debut collection for Burberry that took the brand a few generations ahead of its time and Victoria Beckham’s all-age inclusive tenth anniversary collection. Designers like Erdem, Simone Rocha and Richard Quinn played with the vintage trends of hats, veils and gowns while designers like Molly Goddard and JW Anderson brought to the show the perfect amalgamation of art, craft and fashion balancing avant-garde with wearability.
Metallics, sequins and laces were refined to leave the ’80s norms and conform to the modern silhouettes and patterns. Numerous versions of the classic white suit were explored by the designers for Spring 2019 while cinched waists complimented baggy cuts of several ensembles. Here is our verdict on the London Fashion Week Spring/Summer