Richard Quinn’s Fall 2018 show saw Queen Elizabeth II in the audience, a moment for the history books. Her Majesty swapped her royal throne for the front row to support the emerging British talent, who was showcasing his second collection. She was there to award him with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, in recognition of his talent and contribution to the fashion community. As for the catwalk presentation, the newcomer sent out a lineup of models swathed in floral prints— all created in-house in his design studio—chiffon skirts, oversized bombers, and printed halter-neck dresses. The collection culminated with a series of metallic foil gowns that were simply out of this world.
Erdem’s Fall 2018 collection was inspired by American dancer Adele Astaire, sister of Fred and widow of Lord Charles Cavendish. Prior to starting his sketches, the designer pored over archival video footage and press clippings of Adele. This translated into a lineup of dark, jacquard dresses paired with dotted, tulle veils, capes, bejeweled velvet dresses, sequined skirts, and long gloves. As for the makeup, models were sporting the new Erdem x NARS collaboration, entitled Strange Flowers, which was two years in the making.
The Roksanda Fall 2018 collection had it all. This season’s offering included everything from sharp camel suits to tulle evening gown. The color palette featured splashes of canary yellow, sky blue, and deep burgundy. A handful of models emerged on the runway clutching blankets over silk blouses and satin dresses. The collection was also rife with outerwear, including oversized camel coats, shearling bombers, and quilted parkas all worn with scarves secured around the neck.
For Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida’s Fall 2018 collection for Marques’Almeida, the designer duo looked at Instagram for inspiration. The Portuguese couple invited a number of girls on the social media platform that they admire to walk the show, including a girl they’ve been following for a while named Zenobia, whose mother used to model for Christian Lacroix. As for the clothing, motorcycle jackets, utilitarian pants, and oversized graphic sweatshirts with slogans like “Live Your Life” were worn by the women that inspired them.
Simone Rocha presented its Fall 2018 collection in London’s Goldsmith Hall on Saturday. Inspired by an 1809 John Constable portrait of young Mary Freer, the offering was an ode to the 19th century. This translated into puffed sleeves, bare shoulders, lace dresses, and plenty of Victorian-inspired coats. When it came to the beauty look, hairstylist James Pecis dreamed up a lineup of customized plaits secured with romantic, grosgrain ribbons.
For Jonathan Anderson’s first co-ed show for J.W. Anderson during London Fashion Week, the designer collaborated with popular sneaker label Converse on a pair of bright-colored, plasticized footwear with contrasting towel shoelaces. The unisex trainers were just one of the many fanciful footwear the designer sent down the runway, which included an array of chunky leather boots. When it came to the clothing, the Fall 2018 collection, which drew inspiration from contemporary art, featured cable-knits, crewnecks, hoodies, skirts, and puffy-sleeved blouses.
Perhaps the most hotly-anticipated show of London Fashion Week was Christopher Bailey’s last for Burberry, and it did not disappoint. The designer, who served as the President and Chief Creative Officer of the heritage house for 17 years, presented his last collection on Saturday. All the Burberry girls came out in full force— Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Keira Knightley and co.— sat front row to support the designer. Cara Delevingne made a surprise return to the runway, wearing a floor-trailing rainbow fur coat. Dabbles of primary colors featured across the Spring 2018 collection, which reimagined the iconic plaid print in rainbow hues.
Edie Campbell opened the runway-turned-kitchen-party wearing a black crop top and tiered skirt that was a slight departure from the frilly ballgowns and tutus that have become synonymous with the brand. Other looks in the 30-piece collection included eveningwear fused with daywear, and Goddard’s signature billowing smocks came in shades of bright orange and olive green that we can certainly see Rihanna wearing.