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LFW AW19 DAY 4
The Trends to Know

19h  February 2019

by Navaz Batliwalla 'DisneyRollerGirl'

JW ANDERSON

What do women want to wear? It’s the eternal question, and right now the answer seems to be a mix of ease and simplicity with some element of wow factor. Pure minimalism doesn’t cut it anymore. Now it’s about beautifully simple pieces with surprising colour treatment, a classic coat with an unconventional bag, or – emerging trend alert – ultra-wide pants teamed with a kinky boot. Happily, London’s establishment designers are here to serve. They really know their woman and can deliver the goods. 

MATTY BOVAN. CREDIT: MATTY BOVAN PRESS TEAM

ERDEM

For starters, Roksanda and Erdem both tapped into a mood for romance and richness. Roksanda’s show, staged amongst giant kaleidoscopic photographic prints by art collective Troika, gave us a masterclass in graphic colour theory. Sporty colour block anoraks (the fanciest ‘anoraks’ ever) and tiered dresses in jewel shades played nicely alongside vibrant tailoring and ethereal sheer gowns in lilac and citrine, trimmed with sprays of ostrich feathers. Erdem echoed the couture silhouettes with regal cocoon coats covered in jet beads, and elaborate bubble gowns finished with vast taffeta bows.

PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND

Straddling the sweet spot between simplicity and drama, Pringle of Scotland dug around in its archive, surfacing with all manner of retro-sporty delights.

A ‘celebration of beautiful yarn,’ its standout pieces for AW19 included giant argyle knits (inspired by 80s golf sweaters), plaid sweaters, chevron graphics, and super-chic blanket ponchos.  This was one of Pringle’s best collections to date. 

JW ANDERSON

At JW Anderson AW19, Anderson also expressed his less maximalist side. Tapping into the trend for voluminous couture-like coats, his belted cape coats were the most covetable, while deconstructed raincoats were razor sharp in their execution. And for the wow factor? Some excellent accessories, including scarf-tie shoes and a new hat-shaped bag to echo the headgear.

REJINA PYO

On the subject of accessories, all eyes were on Rejina Pyo, who has become a firm favourite of women who want fuss-free, 24-hour wardrobes. Her slick outerwear and 70’s colour palette were offset with a brilliant line up of shoes and bags. If there’s one thing every woman craves, it’s a hardworking, good-looking bag. At Rejina Pyo, it’s all there for the taking.

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