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London Fashion Week SS23: 5 Trends From The Runway


Skin is so hot this season.

The slight glimpse of a bare hip bone as it peeks out from the top of a low-rise micro mini skirt and a nearly-naked crop top adorning scantily clad model sashaying down the runways of London Fashion Week can only mean one thing…summer is well and truly coming.

In case you hadn’t realised from the plethora of diamantes, cut outs and high octane prints emerging from Britain’s capital, the supermodel clad catwalks of LFW are guaranteeing a hot girl summer indeed, with the Y2K aesthetic and high-shine, no frills and frivolous fashion emerging as the trend du jour for the upcoming season.
Of course, this typically joyful occasion has kicked off on a sombre note, with many designers taking to the runways rather than The Mall to pay their respects for their late monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

With the funeral for the regent taking place mid-week, many designers including Burberry and Raf Simons we’re forced to reschedule their shows in the wake of her passing. So, if the absences of post-show parties and after-show soiree’s had struck you as strange, fret not.

You’re not getting shadow banned from the It-girls inner circle, rather that these often debaucherous events had been postponed until outside the mourning period, as per the ruling from the British Fashion Council.

Thankfully for us, some shows have still forged ahead, and in turn providing the sartorial splendour we need for the summer season that will soon be upon us.

From the West End to Fashion East, Britain’s best and brightest ushered in the balmy weather with a series of resort wear ready collections that will soon find its way into the closets of It girls.

LVMH Prize semi finalist KNWLS cut their signature alternative 90s prints into beach-to-bar approved dresses, while Molly Goddard’s signature voluminous tulle prints gave way to a vintage inspired 50’s striped bikini brief.
Irish darling Jonathan Anderson even took the motif one step further with swimsuits adorned with graphic almost stock images of dolphins and paired crepe dresses with protruding letters from a 90s era Macintosh. Very Venroy meets Dall-E AI art. Very now.
From the Y2K inspired popstar apparel to new core that will soon take over the streets, below behold the top trends to know from London Fashion Week.
Nensi Dojaka S/S 23.

For clothes that make you want to get dressed up to go out, stay in instead, or have the best of both worlds—suitable for both the bar and the boudoir.

Recent LVMH Prize winner SS Daley gave Peter Alexander’s signature silk and bunny motif a run for it’s money with a fantastical and whimsical take on leisurewear, with satin fashioned into relaxed trousers or knit polos adorned with the furry farmyard creature.

For something slightly more mature, opt for Nensi Dojaka’s (last year LVMH Prize winner) latest iteration on her signature cut out and masterfully constructed lingerie silk creations.

While Dojaka’s silhouettes are often more romantic, soft and hyper feminine, this season she’s coming out of the bedroom and onto the dance floor with a series of high shine bustiers and slip dresses that put the sensual in seduction.

As for us, we’re donning these styles to watch reruns of The Sleepover Club on Prime Video.

Poster Girl S/S 23.

Just when we thought we had exhausted every “core” imaginable, the designers at London Fashion Week are ushering in a new era of aesthetic: mermaid core.

Like the fantasy inspired fairy-core, mermaid-core infuses aquatic symbols with Y2K tropes for a pearlescent look that rivals the wardrobes of Cleo from H20: Just Add Water or Aquamarine and are perfect for the modern day popstar.

Emerging It-girl favourite Poster Girl embodied this best by giving their signature buttoned cut-out shapewear a reprieve in favour for PVC and rhinestone adorned ready-to-wear pieces.

The collections piesta de resistance were the series of lettuce edged asymmetrical offcuts seen on their mini skirts the size of belts or on the sleeves of sheer shirts.

It’s giving a huge Nikki Webster and the jellyfish from the 2000’s Sydney Olympic opening ceremony and we’re here for it.

16Arlington S/S23.

There’s no question of the chokehold the Y2K aesthetic has on the celebrity style set, and now the mode’s favourite material is cementing itself as it’s rightful place as reigning queen in the wardrobes of our favourite pop sensations and super models.

Indeed, diamanté’s have simply exploded over the Themes, spreading across London with such vigour and reverence you’d think it was 2005 again.

At JW Anderson, the faux gemstone found their way onto cropped Bermuda shorts.

Elsewhere, at 16 Arlington, the rhinestones we’re embellished onto strapless mini dresses (that certainly would’ve found their way into Kim Kardashian’s closet in the 2010s). David Koma opted for diamante maxi skirts and even biker chic boleros.

Sparkle is clearly the shade of the season.

Chopova Lowena S/S23

When Bella Hadid stepped out in a double belt in June this year, we should’ve sensed the start of a luxe leather resurgence.

Then, Mrs. Prada herself made a case for the leather maxi skirt to become the style du jour.

Now, Poster Child is combining the two by given the humble leather belt its rightful place in the spotlight—because who said accessory was just reserved for around your hips?

Distressed belts found their way on the waistband on leather mini skirts, around the neck of a model wearing a suede, Western style cut out, or on the bodice of a strapless sequin mini dress.

Elsewhere in the collection, the accessory was spotted as a halter neck in a rave-approved chainmail top and as a hem on a cropped blazer.

Across town, at Chopova Lowena , their signature carabiner belt we’re given a punk inspired makeover, with the shackles spotted with kitschy charms in the waistband of belts and as fierce chain-link harnesses.

Rejina Pyo S/S 23.

Lorde’s Solar Power was clearly the soundtrack for London Fashion Week, with moods elated and colour palettes jubilated despite the melancholy occasion.

Molly Goddard infused, 80s prom silhouettes with fluorescent hues and sheer taffeta delights.

At Rejina Pyo, the mood was certainly optimistic with her signatures elevated basics infused with mint greens, lemon yellows and sea blues.

With fishnet style maxi dresses (expertly layered over a beige slip), beaded flapper caps and stringy bikinis, we’re here for shedding our layers and embracing the hottest look of the season: skin.

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