The 15 talking points of London Fashion Week


The 15 talking points of London Fashion Week

From a more diverse model line-up and anti-fur protests to an obsession with suburbia and a party with Miss Piggy – Hannah Banks-Walker has your London Fashion Week cheat sheet 

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From a more diverse model line-up and anti-fur protests to an obsession with suburbia and a party with Miss Piggy – Hannah Banks-Walker has your London Fashion Week cheat sheet 

By Hannah Banks-Walker on
  • Anti-fur protestors were out in force 

    Protestors from activist group Surge positioned themselves outside all of the major shows at fashion week, including Gareth Pugh and Burberry. Their chants could be heard inside the venues, and in some cases police had to escort attendees in and out of venues. The British Fashion Council advised all guests to avoid wearing "any kind of fur, real or fake." Ed Winters, co-director of Surge said "We wanted to make a bold statement."

  • Burberry brought back the check 

    The general 90s nostalgia that pervaded a lot of the catwalks reached fever pitch at Burberry, where the infamous check print returned to decorate caps, raincoats and oversized tote bags. As always, the front row was packed with celebrities, including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. On the runway, Kaia Gerber – Cindy Crawford's 16-year-old daughter – and her older brother Presley, made their London Fashion Week debut. 

  • Preen paid homage to Rachel Green (sort of)

    Backstage at Preen, make-up artist Val Garland told us that, to create the Handmaid's Tale-inspired look, she used Mac's Paramount lipstick (£16.50), which just so happens to be the exact shade worn by Jennifer Aniston when playing Rachel Green in Friends. Let's just cross our fingers that question comes up in a pub quiz sometime soon. 

  • Teatum Jones cast disabled models 

    As part of its spring/summer show, entitled The Body, Teatum Jones' model troupe included Kelly Knox, who was born without the lower half of her right arm, Jack Eyers, whose leg was amputated when he was just 16 and Vicky Balch, who lost her leg following the horrific rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers in 2015. “Able and disabled bodied people don’t have different desires when it comes to fashion," said designer Cat Teatum. "The overriding message is we're all the same."

  • Socks were big news 

    In excellent news, one of the most popular accessories on the catwalks was socks. At Preen, some were knee-length and worn with Mary Jane shoes and some were embellished with sequins. Meanwhile, at Burberry they were thick, cosy and worn with everything from walking boots to heels. Topshop's were little fishnet socks, used to add sex appeal to prim court shoes. 


    Taking the concept of novelty handbags to new levels, East London-based label Mother of Pearl used plush, frilly cushions as the receptacle we've always needed (who knew?) Models had large, satin pillows tucked under their arms – some were functional bags with zips across the top, but some just appeared to be pillows. Just in case things get too much, and you feel compelled to sit down, maybe?

  • Hair accessories made a comeback

    At Temperley, models wore their hair in simple plaits, with pretty silk headscarves tied on top. And at Markus Lupfer, there were glamorous, 1960s-style turbans worn with oversized sunglasses. Not only is this a chic, low-maintenance holiday look, it's also an excellent solution to a bad hair day. Thank you, fashion. 

  • JW Anderson made the ultimate sunglasses

    As well as Markus Lupfer's huge sunnies, JW Anderson showed off the ultimate pair of oversized shades, fulfilling all of my ambitions (almost) from the early noughties. I'll be buying this pair from Topshop and won't necessarily correct people when they ask if they're J Dubs (it's almost certain this won't happen). 

  • Rihanna ruled fashion week (again)

    Her Fenty x Puma fashion show practically brought New York to a standstill, while over here in London, Rihanna held a party for her new beauty line, Fenty Beauty, at Harvey Nichols. Wearing a Molly Goddard dress, she toasted her fans, cracked some jokes and then made everyone's dream come true by performing make-up tutorials on her customers. Fingers crossed for more Rihanna during Milan Fashion Week... 

  • Everyone was wearing blazers

    While street style is normally associated with outlandish outfits and whacky ensembles, most of the fashion crowd were wearing simple, smart blazers with – gasp – jeans and jumpers. While I'm already sold on the blazer's ability to make any outfit feel more put-together, this is just a great excuse to buy this brilliant Zara number, which will go with everything from midi skirts to boyfriend jeans. 

  • Tinsel isn't just for Christmas 

    Just when you thought you'd seen everything, Simone Rocha and House of Holland decided to decorate their shoes with everyone's festive favourite – tinsel. But, before you dismiss this as another weird catwalk trend, I have to tell you that high street brand Charles & Keith has created its own pair of tinsel slingbacks, due to launch in the next few weeks. Watch this space. 

  • Miss Piggy hit the party scene 

    The best celebrity sighting of London Fashion Week has to be that of Miss Piggy, who co-hosted a party with Love magazine and Miu Miu. Naturally, she brought the whole gang, from Kermit to Animal, who schmoozed with all the most famous supermodels. Told you the 90s were back. 

  • Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid created millennial magic

    For the latest instalment of her collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger, model Gigi Hadid enlisted a hoard of social media superstars to help her stage one of the biggest shows of the week. From the likes of Georgia May Jagger, Jourdan Dunn and her own siblings (Bella and Anwar Hadid) on the "Rock Circus" catwalk to a new generation of Insta-famous faces (Lottie Moss, Anais Gallagher) watching from the front row, there was no doubt that Gigi's millennial selling power is unparalleled. 

  • Big earrings are here to stay

    They've been around for a while now but, if fashion week taught us anything, it's that big earrings aren't going anywhere. From Adwoa Aboah (pictured) in her Burberry pair to models on the catwalks of Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Roksanda and House of Holland, no ear was left undecorated. Head to Mango for a great high street selection, including this crystal pair. 

  • Fashion's new obsession? Suburbia, apparently 

    From Anya Hindmarch's fluffy slippers and clutch bags made to look like polystyrene kebab boxes (yes, really) to bucket hats at Versus and wellies at Molly Goddard, fashion continued its fetishisation of surburban tropes, with designer Hannah Weiland of faux-fur brand Shrimps speaking of “the joy in the repetitive beauty of suburbia" and Christopher Kane citing his muse as "a new kind of domestic goddess." Vetements arguably started the "trend" with its DHL T-shirts and £800 hoodies, but clearly this is a theme designers are taking to heart. 

  • With thanks to Volvo Car UK for transporting The Pool in the stylish new Volvo S90

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