London Fashion Week 2016: Deconstructed Florals To Socks And Sandals To Shirttails

London Fashion Week 2016 exploded on to the scene in a superbly colorful manner with texture and boldness. It was a true feast for the eyes, and come autumn, you’ll be wearing these trends in style. I’m already making room in my closet and cannot wait.

Not only was high fashion on display but models we all could identify with. Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour noticed in both the United States and London, that there was a celebration of diversity on the runway. Since immigration is on the minds of most these days, Wintour says that “The fashion world is a very inclusive place.”

Wintour went on to add that “London has always been about eccentricity, humor and creativity, and that was recognized in London this week.”

I have to agree with Anna Wintour; the collections showed off a marvelous sense of fun and spirit. For example, florals in autumn/winter were rich and anything but dainty. Erdem offered luxurious florals with velvet textures and a powerful punch of brightness against black backgrounds.

Mulberry brought the cozy appeal of socks and sandals together, a trend that was considered a no-go for years. The curious combo looked ultra feminine with thin straps and a block heel and goes gorgeously with the season’s long, fluid skirts.

Burberry introduced us to the shirttail, which I think looks chic and fab peeking out under a jumper. It’s casually elegant, and a longer shirt looks cool and modern under cropped knitwear. Let’s face it; I believe this look offers tons of versatility.

Roland Mouret featured lots of pretty dresses with more conservative necklines. Gone were the shapes that highlighted daring cleavage and instead, made the shoulders and neck the new sexy contours.

Even accents of chain mail made its presence in the London shows, as metallics are major this season. JW Anderson’s red floral paisley dress with the feather skirt was adorned with an interesting chain mail cloak. If anything, that frock is a pure conversation piece.

When it came to jewelry, big earrings ruled the runways. You couldn’t miss these fashion statements for the lobes if you tried. Topshop, Emilia Wickstead, Christopher Kane and others believe that 2016 is “Go big or go home.”

I also enjoyed seeing braids, from pretty little plaits to extravagant, unraveling French braids and braided buns. Even rose water mist found its lovely way on to the catwalk. Models’ faces were spritzed with a dewy glow, as seen at the Anya Hindmarch show.

London Fashion Week never disappoints, but 2016 especially, is bursting with color, texture and look at me style.