As London Fashion Week approaches, we take a look at the best British designers to watch for S/S ’18…
LFW S/S ’18 Preview
Highlights are set to include British couture duo Ralph and Russo, who are launching their debut ready-to-wear collection on Friday 15 September. Emilio de la Morena will mark a decade of show-stopping dresses on Tuesday 19 September with his anniversary show.
As usual, LFW isn’t just about British fashion. For the first time, this September global power-houses Emporio Armani and Tommy Hilfiger will present their new collections on English soil.
Relative newcomers to look out for on the schedule include Paula Knorr, Teatum Jones, Isa Arfen and Rejina Pyo; so sign up to their social media accounts to keep an eye on their new season offerings.
10 British Brands to Know for LFW S/S ’17
Shrimps is one of the most exciting brands at London Fashion Week. Despite the spring theme, expect faux fur a-plenty, and a follow-up to their current it-bag of choice, the grab-bag in faux fur or beads.
Modern, elegant and ladylike. The Duchess of Cambridge, Alexa Chung and Diane Kruger are all pretty keen, and so are we. Not to be missed for elegant eveningwear and unusal pairings.
Alice Temperley knows want we want: dreamy, exotic prints on nonchalant dresses and effortless lightweight and easy tailoring. Enviably desirable and wearable – no wonder, Temperley London remains one of our Great British Brands for 2017.
4. Isa Arfen
Isa Arfen has become the go-to label for stylist Rebecca Corbin Murray (who styles Victoria’s Jenna Coleman, Burberry face Lily James and Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner), Alexa Chung and Leandra Medine of Man Repeller. Contemporary, fun and modern – the brand was founded in 2011 by Serafina Sama, and the first collection consisted of summer dresses inspired by the retro glamour of Slim Aarons’ society photographs. The collections include easy ready to wear for real life and tailoring with a twist.
Great British Brand, Roland Mouret has created some of the most coveted womenswear collections of the past decade. The designer defined the era of iconic dresses with his Galaxy, Titanium and Moon dresses. His directional take on the hourglass shape makes his designs favourites among the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Naomi Watts and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. He continues to reinvent each season with collections that comprise a slick selection of structured dresses, fluid gowns and elegant separates.
Christopher Bailey is an innovator. Burberry has been showing all gender shows for seasons; as well as being one of the first British designers to adopt the ‘see now-buy now’ method. For A/W’16, the show changed locations to Makers House, part of the brand’s history, then in December, a feature film was released telling the story of Thomas Burberry, starring Sienna Miller, Lily James and Domhnall Gleeson. We can’t wait to see what’s in story for S/S ’18.
7. Sadie Williams
Her folk-meets-futuristic designs have found possibility over the last few years, and have even become a high street favourite thanks to a capsule collection for & Other Stories. Her accolades include being named as Selfridges ‘Bright Young Thing’ and an inclusion in the ‘Designs of The Year Exhibition 2014′ at The Design Museum. Her design CV includes Marc Jacobs, JW Anderson and Katie Hillier; and we’re predicting her S/S ’18 presentation on Saturday will be one of the most popular of the season.
Whatever the season brings, we can be sure to see pioneering knitwear aplenty at the historic Scottish fashion house for S/S ’18.
Erdem’s show at LFW is always one of the most well-attended, and well-received. His muted florals, embroidered lace and tiered dresses have become synonymous with his brand and aesthetic from its conception.
10. Hill & Friends
Founded by Mulberry alumni Emma Hill & Georgia Fendley, this British accessories brand has become a firm favourite on the fashion circuit in just two years. This year’s presentation is followed by a new permanent stand-alone home for the brand launching on South Molton Street on 22 September. Look out for beautifully-crafted leather handbags with playful details. Read our Q&A with Emma & Georgia, here.