London FW Street Style Vibes
My dear guest writer Claire writes about London’s street style this month!
Fashionable and with a touch of quirkiness – that’s what London is and always has been, in life and in fashion. As the London Fashion Week is just over, we have an abundance of looks and general vibes to inspect closely. And by what we could gather, we’re in for a true style ride. It feels almost needless to say that the looks sported by fashionistas are bold, innovative and inspired. Much like the current lines presented on the runways. But let’s let the photos do the talking, with our help of course. And who knows, you find yourself unexpectedly head over heels over some of the trends. And do your very best to emulate the looks. So let’s do this.
Half athleisure, half nothing
Even though September is over, it seems that London is experiencing a bit of that gorgeous Indian summer weather. At least according to this fashionista who is rocking the athleisure trend in a way we’ve never seen before. Namely, aside from the Balenciaga logo fleece jacket/zip-up tracksuit top, the nonchalant fashionista doesn’t seem to be wearing much else. Perhaps she has resorted to the trendy bicycle shorts for good measure, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the only other thing on her was a pair of classic and trendy Birkenstock Arizona shoes. Next to her, we have a whole lot of patriotism going on. The girl wearing a crew sweater with the British flag all across it paired with red leather pants. Which seem to be all the rage right now. So even if you’re not into the whole patriotic fashion, a pair of colorful leather pants are a definite fall must.
Classy and subliminal
It may be chilly in London after all, but perhaps some are just willing to suffer for fashion. Namely, a great deal of fashion week lovers are resorting to a British staple. The classic camel trench coat, the iconic Alexa Chung included. However, as one of the most important fashionistas in the world, the model and designer couldn’t possibly appear at such an important event without rocking something from the fall 2018 collection. Namely, she wore one of Christopher Cane’s dresses, the ones with illustrations of women followed by the words ‘more joy’. The subliminal message hides in the fact that Kane drew direct inspiration from The Joy of Sex, a 1972 illustrated manual of positions and techniques by Alex Comfort. Classy and sassy at the same time, Chung has shown us that London gals aren’t afraid of going bold.
It’s going global
We’ve already seen this happen in New York, Oslo, Copenhagen, so it seems that it has definitely become a global trend, three in fact. The first are the mom jeans, which don’t seem to be dwindling in popularity. But now the look is being upgraded by numerous trendy combinations, including blouses with the insanely popular check print puff-sleeve blouses. Another way London women opted to dress up their mom jean look is with pattern mixing. The check blazer was certainly expected and it made and abundance of appearances. But what we didn’t expect was for it to be paired with a leopard print blouse. Now that is certainly a bold and risky combo, but fashionistas will do crazy things to end up in the street style section. So unless you have rock-solid confidence and a huge passion for extravagant print mixing, do not try this at home.
Denim on denim
This trend has been asleep for a little while, but come chillier weather and here it is, alive and awake. We have to admit that this is a fairly simple yet effective way of making a fashion statement. But for quirky Londoners, this isn’t enough so a leopard print coat simply had to become a part of the equation. The only new thing about the denim on denim thing is that instead of trying to at least somewhat match the shades, women are now pairing dark with stone washed denim for added contrast. And while it may look a bit drab at first glance, we have no doubt that it will become a glorified trend in no time. It’s worth noting that every single fashionista is rocking a designer bag, so the powerhouses are officially out of the dog house, and the small and narrow sunglasses still rule all. And honestly, we can’t wait for these to go out of style.
What goes around comes around
To our surprise, a plethora of poncho-based looks have been spotted on the streets of London. We remember a time when Ugly Betty was ridiculed for her poncho, but granted, it didn’t have a designer logo on it. So that must be the secret of pulling of a poncho and still be considered fashionable. We have to admit that it’s a great item for this transition season, as it’s not a jacket and not exactly just a sweater. So designer or not, you know have the street style stamp of approval to go poncho-shopping, just try to keep it as sleek and minimal as possible.
The future is here
Jumpsuits, and not only the polished ones that you can rock at the office made an appearance as well. This mixture of athleisure and futuristic fabrics and colors is probably the quirkiest thing we’ve spotted on the streets so far, and we can’t help but think of the fashion in the Fifth Element. Neon orange belts, hoodies and fanny packs complete with a metallic trench. Clear goggles and jumpsuits that seem to transcend the 2018 athleisure. And go straight into 2028 are perhaps too much for a regular person with a busy lifestyle. But hey, in London, anything goes, especially during Fashion Week. Although we do have our fingers crossed that this futuristic moment won’t explode all over the globe. We had enough of that at the beginning of the 2000s.
The vibes are certainly vibing, there is a whole lot going on. Some wearable, some less so. But the fact that at least some of these trends will follow us all through the fall and winter season is eminent. So we might as well embrace what rings closest to home.
Thank you very much Claire!