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London Fashion Week 2018 Recap

An '80s and '90s retro-revival across the pond.

As London Fashion Week wraps up, models and makers alike pack up and ship out to Milan, Italy. Following the official Fashion Week, London Fashion Week Festival kicks off, granting us commoners an exclusive look inside the industry— cool, huh? Anyways, designers hosted their previews around the city, from bouroughs like the ultra-chic, underground rock scene of Camden to The Store Studios at 180 Strand. LFW embodied the “casually-cool” vibe that Londoners seem to possess (in my opinion, anyway), lacking the flashy conformity of New York Fashion Week, in contrast. Here are my favorite collections from the week—

Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Closing out fashion’s annual week in London, Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid debuted their latest collaboration in true rock-and-roll style, taking place at one of the area’s most legendary venues, the Roundhouse. The show, called “Rock Circus,” was totally ’90s in a good way, featuring iconic Tommy plaid and a ’90s hip-hop soundtrack along with it.

This latest Hilfiger/Hadid installment called on a star-studded cast fraught with the Jaggers, Gerbers, and of course, Hadid, siblings. One critique that I have for this line comes from the traditional-Tommy loving girl in me— I wish there were more items with his signature logo design, like the bandeaus that are so hard to obtain in-store. But, perhaps that’s why he brought in Gigi— she’s as immersed in pop-rock as she is in fashion nowadays, moving in with Brit boyfriend Zayn Malik. Anyways, take a look for yourself, and try not to purchase everything.

  • Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear, Look 1
    Gigi Hadid opens Tommy Hilfiger's Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear show in London Fashion Week. (Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv)
Emporio Armani

 

Emporio Armani’s Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear line was my favorite from LFW. Celebrating the opening of a brand-new brick-and-mortar on Bond Street, Giorgio’s new line spanned day to night, work wear to day wear. The retro ‘80s prints were complementary to the oversized blazers and wide-legged trousers of the time, with neon crabs and seashells a common theme throughout the show.

This nautically whimsical collection nailed the androgynous menswear style that Emporio is so known for— I’d love to have any piece from this collection. Especially loving the bright pastel blazers and two-piece sets. How fun is that crustacean jumper in Look 19? Needless to say, Emporio Armani’s Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear line was anything but “all mouth and no trousers,” as the Brits say… Giorgio Armani nailed the ladies’ chinos this season, and I can’t wait to watch them take over womenswear in the right way.

  • Emporio Armani Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear, Look 1
    Alexina Graham opens Emporio Armani Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear show in London Fashion Week. (Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv)

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To be honest, I found London Fashion Week to be a bit underwhelming. Maybe it’s my excitement for all that is to come in Milan and Paris, home of my favorite couture maisons. Check back in next week for our Milano recap.

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Journalism/Editorial Intern for Metiza. University of Oregon graduate...