Chunky knits and frilly dresses took over the London catwalk on Friday as the British capital kicked off its leg of the autumn/winter womenswear fashion week calendar. After New York, the fashion crowd gathers for London Fashion Week, where a mix of established names, highstreet labels and emerging designers will present their latest creations during five days of runway shows and presentations.
While smaller than fellow fashion capitals New York, Milan and Paris, the event in London – which is known for its fashion schools and new creative talent – will host labels including Burberry, Mulberry, Versace's Versus line and Temperley London. With some brands using the catwalk to make political statements during New York Fashion Week, fashionistas expect London designers could follow suit.
"There seems to be a mood of activism. There seems to be a lot of people finding a voice," accessories designer Anya Hindmarch said when asked what to expect this fashion season. "I think London is all about creativity."
More than 50 catwalk shows and 30 presentations will be held during LFW, which takes place with the uncertainty of Brexit looming over the industry. "We don't know what the trade deal is going to be at the moment so there's a lot of scenario planning around it," Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council told Reuters. "The immediate upside ... is that the pound is becoming slightly lower (which) has meant that tourism has increased ... but of course the longer term impact we're yet to see."