The first LFW after Brexit didn’t let us down. On the contrary, London Fashion Week A/W 2021, which showed men’s and women’s together and was totally digital, brought us optimism and plenty of glamourous yet easy-to-wear trends for life after lockdown that you can start wearing now.
Despite the difficulties the UK-based fashion brands have faced since Brexit, like higher import and export taxes, London Fashion Week proved to be at the forefront of change, using technology to democratize fashion. For example, you could follow all the latest collections through AR (augmented reality) Instagram filter by scanning QR codes plastered around all neighbourhoods of London. Additionally, LFW partnered with TikTok, which became the new sponsor of the British Fashion Council’s program NewGen for young talent, replacing Topshop. And we saw last year the power of TikTok when the whole world started knitting a cardigan made by a former NewGen newcomer, JW Anderson.
Keep scrolling to check the six easy-to-wear trends that emerged from London Fashion Week F/W 2021.
The timeless and easy-to-wear Tartan
The “Queen of Tulle”, Molly Goddard, presented at London Fashion Week an exuberant and whimsical A/W 2021 collection all manufactured in the UK. Besides her signature fairytale mille-feuille tulle garments, the fashion designer also used British heritage fabrics like tartan and herringbone. Halpern and Bora Aksu also created fabulous tartan dresses, and all three designers showed that plaid is absolutely timeless and easy-to-wear.
Opulent yet wearable pieces with feathers
Erdem Moralioglu’s created luxurious easy-to-wear post-pandemic outfits that mix formal and loungewear. Consequently, we saw at Erdem A/W 2021 pleated skirts, bejewelled shirts and jackets but also leggings, silk pyjamas, cosy cardigans. And the cherry on the cake; feather skirts and trims that brought opulence to the wearable looks, precisely what we’ll want to wear next season. 16Arlington also showed fabulous feather-trimmer coats at London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2021.
Eye-catching power suits
Victoria Beckham found inspiration for her new collection in Miami’s less is more fashion. Her sleek suit in powder and pastel pink is minimalist but striking. Additionally, the easy-to-wear lines scream comfort. Roksanda presented colour-block suits in eye-catching hues, taking power suiting to the next level. Halpern also created a pink and red suit, one of the best colour combinations to update your wardrobe. We saw this easy-to-wear yet fabulous colour trend emerge from various A/W 2021 fashion weeks.
Leather-on-leather A/W 2021 trend
Temperley London, 16Arlington, and Palmer Harding all agreed that autumn and winter 2021 would be leather from head-to-toe seasons. They presented at London Fashion Week elevated suits in beige or black, a trend that you can start wearing now with ankle boots, and next season, with sandals.
Simone Rocha, who recently collaborated with H&M, described the woman of her A/W 2021 collection “fragile rebel”. In other words, the fashion designer created looks part punk and part cute—for example, biker jackets worn with tulle and lace mini skirts. Temperley London also paired black leather biker jackets with cute mini skirts. And designer Bora Aksu paired a feminine tulle dress with a suit, bringing a girly touch and a bit of edge to the austere black jacket and pants, hence disrupting the power suit look. It is a fun and easy-to-wear trend from London Fashion Week you can wear at home, to the office, and when meeting friends.
Elevated floral trend
Florals won’t be only for spring this year. London Fashion Week A/W 2021 had plenty of elegant floral looks, a trend to start wearing next season. Erdem, Temperley London and Simone Rocha, among others, envisioned fall and winter 2021 in elevated floral dresses, a perfect look for weddings and all the parties we will soon, hopefully, start going again.
You may also like to watch the video with the highlights and trends from Milan Fashion Week.
Title photo by Chris Yates, courtesy of Victoria Beckham.