From creative cold-shoulders to sexy sheers, the hottest trends from London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week took a somber tone this season. Shades of dark, crimson red reminiscent of the recent Emmy award-winning show, The Handmaid’s Tale made a big splash in several designer collections including Marques’ Almeida, Emporio Armani, and Hussein Chalayan. This color might be the designers’ visual commentary on the rampant terrorist violence that had occurred in London and the greater U.K. within the last year, with the latest incident taking place on the very first day of LFW.

But it wasn’t all dark and moody. The “cold shoulder” trend expanded in creative new ways this season, as models exposed their shoulders — and more — in tops, coats, and dresses. And a colorful hodgepodge of prints and patterns helped solidify an obvious patchwork trend seen at MM6 Maison Margiela and Peter Pilotto.

Other designers decided to go sheer with see-through blouses and dresses, seen at Antonio Berardi, Pringle of Scotland, Rejina Pyo, and Emilia Wickstead. This trend was spotted heavily in New York too, but let’s see if its popularity will carry onto Milan.

In terms of outerwear, raincoats reigned over London. Raincoats were one of the most popular outerwear pieces spotted in the SS18 collections. This isn’t surprising considering the fickle nature of London’s weather. At least this way, now you don’t need to carry that annoying umbrella everywhere you go.

Here is a look back at the top five trends to arise from London Fashion Week.

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On trend

Here’s your LFW SS18 trend report. (Photo: Getty, Art: Quinn Lemmers for Yahoo Lifestyle)

Crimson Red

London designers take a much darker, moodier, and possibly political approach this season incorporating splashes of crimson red onto dresses, coats, and blazers on the fringe of multiple violent terrorist attacks in the country. This color choice is also reminiscent of the attire worn on the Emmy award-winning, politically-charged show, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ (Photo: ImaxTree, Art: Quinn Lemmers for Yahoo Lifestyle)

Marques’ Almeida

Model wears a crimson-red tuxedo coat. (Photo: ImaxTree)

Hussein Chalayan

Model wears a crimson-red dress. (Photo: ImaxTree)

Antonio Berardi

A model wears a one-shoulder crimson-red gown. (Photo: ImaxTree)

Emporio Armani

A model wears a crimson-red, double-breasted blazer. (Photo: ImaxTree)


Sewing together mismatched prints and patterns of all shades in classic “patchwork” form was the popular choice at several shows, including Marques’ Almeida, Anya Hindmarch, MM6 Maison Margiela, and Peter Pilotto. (Photo: ImaxTree, Art: Quinn Lemmers for Yahoo Lifestyle)

Marques’ Almeida

A model wears a patchwork cow- and floral-printed moto jacket. (Photo: ImaxTree)

Anya Hindmarch

Model wears a colorful, patchwork jacket. (Photo: ImaxTree)

MM6 Maison Margiela

Model wears a patchwork dress. (Photo: ImaxTree)

Peter Pilotto

Model wears a patchwork floral dress. (Photo: ImaxTree)


Waterproof raingear was all the rage during LFW this season. They were shown in vibrant shades of neon to combat London’s famously dreary weather. (Photo: ImaxTree, Art: Quinn Lemmers for Yahoo Lifestyle)

Anya Hindmarch

Model wears a bright neon green raincoat.(Photo: ImaxTree)


Model wears a pastel pink rain coat. (Photo: ImaxTree)

Mary Katrantzou

Model wears a bright orange, pink, and red raincoat. (Photo: ImaxTree)


Lady Gaga’s former stylist Nicola Formichetti created Nicopanda. Here, a model wears a bright pastel pink raincoat and matching skirt from the brand. (Photo: ImaxTree)


Sheer, see-through attire was a popular choice on the LFW runway. (Photo: ImaxTree, Art: Quinn Lemmers for Yahoo Lifestyle)

Antonio Berardi

Model wears a black, sheer, peek-a-boo dress. (Photo: ImaxTree)

Pringle of Scotland

Model wears a see-through, light blue dress. (Photo: ImaxTree)

Rejina Pyo

Model wears a sheer black sparkly blouse. (Photo: ImaxTree)

Emilia Wickstead

Model wears a sheer maxi dress. (Photo: ImaxTree)

Cold Shoulder

The “cold shoulder” trend expanded in creative new ways this season, as models exposed their shoulders — and more — in tops, coats, and dresses. (Photo: ImaxTree, Art: Quinn Lemmers for Yahoo Lifestyle)


Model wears a cut-out dress, exposing her shoulder and parts of her chest. (Photo: ImaxTree)

David Koma

Model wears a beige ‘cold-shoulder’ knit top. (Photo: ImaxTree)

Anya Hindmarch

Model wears a ‘cold shoulder’ blue and green coat (Photo: ImaxTree)


Model wears a purple, floral-printed one-shoulder dress, exposing one shoulder. (Photo: ImaxTree)

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