London Fashion Weeks SS23 Runways- Let’s Talk about it!

Jade McNamee

With the news of the Queen’s recent passing it was up in the air whether or not London Fashion week would go ahead this year but little did we know that it would end up giving us some of the strongest collections we have seen since before the pandemic. With trends rooted in maximalism as well as in-your-face prints and mesmerising textures, this five day event was not one to be missed. 

Taking glamour into our daily lives, one prominent trend was the perfect balance of glamour meets casual. Think big ruffle skirts and cascading gowns meet knit chunky cardigans! We of course cannot forget the recent trend of cowboy boots which were not shy on the runway. 16Arlington were one runway that seemed to have nailed this effortless chic daytime glamour. 

Pearls are no longer to be kept for your Sunday best, the addition of simple pearl jewellery was floating around like clockwork. A firm favourite amongst designers this year adding a feminine element to almost any design. 

Turning that on its heels, another trend we keep seeing is menswear but make it feminine! Women wearing suits is nothing new with many famous figures rocking this style from Madonna in her music videos such as ‘Vogue’ or her 2014 Grammy appearance as well as Celine Dion, Rihanna and who could forget Zendaya’s iconic black Sportmax tailored suit for Vanity Fair’s Oscars after party. Suits are definitely bigger than ever. 

Some prominent looks which have been creeping up on the high street the past couple of months were confirmed trends by the end of the five days. It’s time to ditch the shoulder bags and pull out the old bulky bags again. Designers such as Tory Burch and MaxMara featured bulky bags all throughout their collections. 

I’m terrified to say it, but low rise is back. Back big time. Hip Bones were on display left right and centre. Ranging from pleated and low rise micro minis to extreme low-slung v-line waists. Now we can all thankfully breathe a sigh of relief as there is not a single one inch zip or short crotch jeans from the 2000’s popping up just yet. The trend is taking on a more baggy and almost hanging off the hips approach, experimenting with all types of bottoms. Is this better? I honestly don’t know, you tell me. 

Let’s talk colours, red was also featured thoroughly, from sequins to solid coloured blazers, the colour of love was in full swing. Another shade I have also been loving is cobalt blue and I was not left disappointed this fashion week. Hello! Magazine’s Fashion Assistant, Chloe Gallacher revealed “Cobalt blue is a colour we’re going to be seeing a lot of from SS23”

“From the runways of Richard Quinn, Eudon Choi, David Koma and Bora Asku, the bright hue is a clear trend in the upcoming season. From tailoring to feminine dresses, expect to see it in a number of different ways”.

A range of textures made appearances all across these runways with sightings of fringe, fluffy textures, ruffles, lace and velvet. London Fashion week was certainly not shy of texture.

These are just a few of the top trends featured in London Fashion week. Take notes and update your fashion boards. Designers are definitely starting to experiment more and I believe Spring-Summer 2023 is not one to be missed.