February is a huge month in the world of fashion, with not only London Fashion Week kicking off but also Paris, Milan and New York, with a whole host of designers gracing the catwalks to showcase their creative takes on the latest fashion trends. Whether it’s the traditional, seamlessly classic designers treating us to a sneak peek of their brand-new pieces, or fresh new creatives taking it one step further when it comes to experimental and directional fashion. Wondering what to wear for 2019? We pick apart the key trends as seen on the runway.
The truly magical week of fashion in the city that never sleeps is definitely something to be experienced. With Manhattan coming to life to celebrate the glory of fashion, you’re sure to fall in love with a brand-new look or trend.
Runway fashion isn’t always so ‘out there’ that it’s difficult to incorporate into every day and the ever-clean and feminine silhouettes of Self-Portrait wowed as they showcased their beautiful, but totally wearable, styles on the runway. Exuding a stunning combination of feminine elegance and sophistication, Self Portrait is a must for any lover of a versatile fashion wardrobe. Han Chong’s autumn trends took a slightly darker turn with the ethereal styles of spring/summer turning into tailored pant-suits and angled shoulders, yet the ladylike element still remained in the form of sweetheart necklines, soft ruffles and a hint of sparkle. We also saw pops of neon colour and big Gingham checks – both huge for 2019. As always, Self-Portrait’s love of delicate lace was also present, with a few stripes thrown in for good measure – runway fashion at its finest.
The recent runway show could have been seen as a turning point for this classic brand, with the brand stating that they’re trying to orient their new collections at a younger demographic; a huge statement and risk considering their image is so entrenched in the minds of every person that has ever followed fashion. The New York Fashion Week show took place in Ralph Lauren’s Madison Ave flagship store, with Bella Hadid the star of the show in a beautiful, shimmering golden gown. The show kept true to the sophistication of classic Ralph but with elements of Polo thrown in – think wide leg flowing trousers and structured jackets but with oversized totes and puffer jackets – a balance of casual cool and elegant sophistication – a pretty monochrome show, but far from basic with metallic hues and large floral prints also making an appearance. All of this combined with the beautiful interiors of their in-store coffee shop made the show a spectacular way to showcase the latest fashion trends.
There is something totally enchanting about the eye-catching magic of runaway fashion and when this is combined with the electric, sophisticated, yet quirky, street style of London, it really is a total style celebration. With up and coming, as well as more established, designers showing their creations of the latest fashion trends, London Fashion Week was a hub of epic creativity, leading the way for what we should be wearing as the season's progress as well as making headlines in style news. Here are our favourites.
Much-loved for its unique design aesthetic that carefully combines masculinity and femininity to create a quirky, androgynous style that screams both casual cool and chic sophistication. Probably due to its clever coinage of both men and womenswear, the label already has a significant cult following. Therefore, Anderson’s London Fashion Week show was eagerly anticipated and didn’t disappoint. The runway showcased Anderson’s forward-thinking creations that, although admirably inventive, still hold that all-important wearability. Normally a unisex collection, Anderson’s fashion week offerings this year branched out into an entire womenswear collection that was finalised 12 months ago. The spring/summer 2019 collection is definitely one to get excited about, combining asymmetric hems and oversized structures with pops of neon and shiny satin. Although stand out pieces adhering to the latest fashion trends included the fuchsia ruffle maxi, toughened up with oversized accessories, including a gold chain style choker and thick black waist belt, the minimalistic beige creations packed just as much of a punch.
A true celebration of individuality, Burberry’s London Fashion Week show was definitely something to be seen. The styles by the fiercely passionate, Chief Creative Officer, Ricardo Tisci, adhered to the latest fashion trends whilst acknowledging the importance of individuality at the same time. Ricardo dedicated the event to the ‘youth of today’ and whilst the show did showcase a host of its signature brown tones in the form of not only tailored macs but also blazers, oversized camouflage jackets and even skirts, there was a rebellious twist to the entire collection, with Gigi Hadid making a slightly more preppy debut in a structured monochrome corset dressed down by a polo t-shirt. The looks were all about contrast, with flowing dresses teamed against oversized puffer jackets. The collection was aptly named Tempest as its bold designs with a twist of grime took the runway by storm, making style news all over.
The effortless grace and style that surrounds Milan as a city is definitely emulated during Milan Fashion Week. Sleek, chic and sophisticated best describe both Milan’s runaway fashion and street style. This, combined with the expert creativity of professional fashion designers, makes for a beautiful show of the latest fashion trends and fashion week attire. Here’s what we loved.
If you were going to forget who the originators of the classically chic beige trend were, then Max Mara will make sure that you don’t. The runway fashion that was showcased during the brand’s 2019 fashion week show in Milan also turned a focus to empowerment for women with strong cuts of beige fabric, forming blazers, trench coats and one shoulder designs. By using variations of beige (and a touch of PVC) throughout the show, Max Mara has not only created wearable but sophisticated pieces for the ultimate boss woman, but has also led the way for the latest fashion trends. A few patterned pieces emerged in the form of polka dots but, ultimately, the colours remained chic and neutral.
Founded in Milan and described once by Vogue as ‘superbly individualistic’, there was undoubtedly high anticipation surrounding the Marni show. The collection appeared to pay homage to a time when sportswear was infused with formal elegance. Think equestrian jackets, sharp pleated, midi tennis skirts and corset style bodies as well as bright pops of raspberry colour. In a slightly rebellious twist, Marni combined elegant style dresses and sleek, sophisticated coats with large dabs of coloured finger paint, making the fashion week designs a true invitation of expression for women everywhere.
Following the sad passing of Chanel genius Karl Lagerfeld, the grand finale of fashion week was set to be particularly poignant as the latest fashion trends and runway fashion made their way to the French capital; turning the city of love once more into a hub of creativity as it prepared to celebrate the sheer beauty found within the world of fashion. As well as exquisite designs gracing the runway, the creative street style found amongst Paris’ fashion elite showed they’d thought long and hard about their fashion show attire. Here’s what we thought had that certain je ne sais quoi.
Signalling an ambitious future, the young and up and coming Rok Hwang brought fresh energy as he kicked off Paris Fashion Week with his collection of the latest fashion trends. Showcasing very ‘of-the-moment’ fashion, his collection wasn’t short of oversized shirts and exaggerated cuffs. The Korean-based designer named his collection ‘teenage nightmare’, highlighting the struggle of youth that is then carried over into adulthood, using patterned layering to put a contrasting spin on elegant three-piece suits and contrasting expert tailoring with hints of PVC and casual trainers. For something wearable that also makes a statement, the Rokh collection will be your favourite runway fashion of the week.