Somewhere between the grungy-looking, anti-fur protesters who greeted visitors at 180 Strand—the heart of London Fashion Week (LFW)—and the pink, punk-rock hair-dos, visible upon entering the main show venue for the Spring/Summer 2019 collections, lies the truth about British fashion.
As this go-round of the bi-annual catwalks proved, there is little question that Blighty style is as irreverent, outrageous and edgy as it’s always been. LFW featured a collision of the creative freedom of the Swinging Sixties with trends such as digital prints, fluid fashion design, and the long-lasting affair with all-things street-wear.
Perched between the more commercial and much more conservative New York Fashion Week, and its more gentrified Milan counterpart, London looks and feels the freshest and most upstart of the four fashion weeks that make up the month-long ready-to-wear season that wraps October 2 in Paris.
With so many free-thinking designers following in the footsteps of British originals like Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, for anyone interested in originality it’s a space worth watching—especially when it comes to wild looks. Here are the best of the week.
Going from the basketball court to a nightclub in a dashing, violet hoodie-style sports-suit, complete with a bling ‘Marigela’ logo emblazoned across the chest, is now possible thanks to the Belgian brand’s MM6 label.
One standout outfit was completed with white socks, worn with matching Japanese-style flipflops featuring ankle laces. The MM6 S/S2019 collection also included a touch of romanticism, in the form of ragged-looking silk dresses. Ripped leather, jeans with tassels, and random materials hung like sweaters around models’ bodies added a grungy feel.