When it comes down it it I typically feel like London Fashion Week is totally underrated. This season however it seems like, probably, thanks to the Riccardo Tisci and Victoria Beckham effect, that we saw people fawning over collections presented at LFW this season. We saw some brands like Victoria Beckham and Delpozo forgo their usual slots during New York Fashion Week in favor of showing in London this season. I think all that just added to the drama and flare of the season. I had a really hard time picking just 15 looks from the collections presented in London this season because they were just so good, but someone had to do it right? So here we go on the 15 looks from London Fashion Week I most want to see on the red carpet, and a bit of an idea of who I want to see wearing them. Ashish: If you are looking for fun and sequins you just know that Ashish is going to deliver and he did just that. While you know the collections are going to be kitschy and sparkling you never know what the silhouettes of the collection are going to be. This season Ashish Gupta played with the the idea of the underground music scene in the 90’s, but added his signature flare for the glittering glamour and it just worked. I loved so many of the looks from the collection but it was the sheer lime green long sleeve jumpsuit which features intricate silver sequin embroidery and ribbon ties on the neck, cuffs, and waist. It is that fun and easy look that I feel like only a certain few could make work off the runway and I think that someone like Solange Knowles would be able to rock this look in the most effortless manner.
Burberry: With the new creative director making his debut Burberry left that see now, buy now idea that they had been presenting with the last four seasons. Riccardo Tisci came in and his vision for Burberry seemed like a breath of fresh air for the brand. I had been pretty bored with the collections that we had seen but I was captivated with the work that Riccardo presented on this runway. The collection mixed what we had come to expect from Riccardo when he was at Givenchy (in fact there were several looks I would have had to check the tag to decipher against) as well as new takes on the classic Burberry codes. I am very interested in seeing what Riccardo’s future at Burberry will have. When it comes to my favorite look in the collection it was rather difficult since the show had 134 looks on the red carpet. While there were several gowns and cocktail looks in the collection it was this black and white polka dotted ensemble which features a long sleeved sheer button down shirt and a knee length pleated skirt as well as a leopard print shirt layered under that gave me the first idea of a celebrity wearing it on the red carpet when I immediately pictured it on the always gorgeous Zendaya.
Chalayan: I always look at the Chalayan collection during London Fashion Week, but often I feel that no matter how in love with the collection I fall it just is worthless. The brand hasn’t done anything major on the red carpet since Hussein Chalayan created the infamous egg that Lady Gaga arrived at the 2011 Grammy Awards inside of. Compared to that his recent collections have been so incredibly chic and wearable. I really do wish we could see the brand have more chic red carpet moments and I definitely think that Kristen Stewart would take this white short sleeve button down shirt and a pair of grey plaid capri short with an attached asymmetrical strap and really make for a chic and edgy red carpet moment. Christopher Kane: I have long been a lover of what Christopher Kane sends down the runway and that love hit a real crescendo when he send his Spring 2019 RTW collection down the runway. It was honestly one of the hardest collections to single out just one look that I most wanted to see brought to the red carpet. I want to see many of the sexy, edgy, and glamorous moments that came down this runway on the red carpet but I have to say that when I pictured Sienna Miller wearing this black and red midi dress which features a crystal studded bodice and ‘sleeves’ and a sheer lace skirt I knew it would make for a really gorgeous and breathtaking red carpet moment.
David Koma: Would it really be a must see looks from London Fashion Week list without a look from David Koma? The designer is know for sexy glamour and that is exactly what he sent down the runway this season. His styles can be very tired and repetitive, but this sexy cutout gown is embellished with sequined paillettes in an ombré pattern was still incredibly glamorous and I am sure it will make. It has rounded cutouts at the waist and a square open-back neckline is definitely something and I definitely think that Olivia Munn has the perfect mix of sex appeal and glamour to really make it work on the red carpet.
Duro Olowu: When it comes to prints London Fashion Week is definitely the place to find the best of them. Duro Olowu is a Nigerian born designer who is based in London and one of the more up and coming designers. He doesn’t do big shows, but showcases chic looks in glamorous prints from the first look to the last. In the past Olowu has dressed famous faces like Michelle Obama, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, and Thandie Newton. Those are some of the chicest women on the face of the planet. While typically Olowu’s prints are tribal inspired I was really taken with this pink, white, and lavender butterfly print which was draped into a bias cut silk gown which features a v-back with a cowl scarf drape and fringe trimming. It is that feminine moment that I think would be a very chic moment on Gwendoline Christie with a great pair of Manolo’s and a fingerwave updo. Edeline Lee: Edeline Lee is another of the major print mavens of London Fashion Week and like Duro Olowu she doesn’t send looks down a runway instead opting to put out a lookbook instead. I was taken with this bold chevron and brush stroke print and it was definitely a pattern I could see Issa Rae loving the print add the column skirt and blouson top just add to what I think would make for a very major moment for her to bring to the red carpet.
Emilia Wickstead: When it comes to bold cuts and bright colors you know that Emilia Wickstead is going to deliver it on the runway and that is exactly what she did. It was a bold 60’s inspired moment in red, pink, lime green, white, camel, black, rose gold, and periwinkle with lots of volume and glamour. I can see many red carpet moments coming from the collection, some more attainable than others, but I definitely think that this red and pink long sleeve gown which features a high v-neckline, scalloping on the waist, and a pleated a-line skirt would make for a chic but bold statement on Helen Mirren.
Erdem: Floral prints and femininity are the the hallmark of Erdem and he delivered on that expectation again this season. I have been loving all of Erdem’s collections recently. There are always moments from the collection that make me gasp. This season it was this lemon yellow ‘Thalia’ jacquard dress which features a strapless bustier bodice, button detail down the center of the dress, and a pleated A-line skirt that gave me that wow moment. It was a standout look from the collection and I definitely think that as she heads into the promo for Mary Poppins Returns I think that it would be perfect for Emily Blunt to bring this dress to life off of the runway. Julien Macdonald: After taking a season off Julien Macdonald was back on the London Fashion Week runways with his signature uber sexy glamour. Typically we see his designs rocked by supermodels and music stars. They give that edgy and sexy vibes that are typically rocked by them on the red carpet. He definitely showed a lot of that in his latest collection. This hot pink gown from the Spring 2019 RTW collection which features strong shoulders, lots of cutouts, and long sleeves is different than the extremely embellished designs we are used to seeing from Julien Macdonald and I definitely think that supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio would definitely rock this gown on the red carpet.
Mary Katrantzou: One of my absolutely favorite shows of London Fashion Week was the 10th anniversary collection for Mary Katrantzou. The designer is known for her intricate prints and embroideries. This season she looked back on motifs and silhouettes that worked really well for her over the last 10 years and reworked them for the modern Mary Katrantzou woman. She has built a following of celebs that rock her designs on the red carpet and I definitely think that Danai Gurira would rock this butterfly and seashell embroidered a-line long sleeve cocktail dress for one of the more fun red carpets she walks.
Molly Goddard: A few seasons ago I was getting really excited about rising star Molly Goddard. She had the support of Rihanna and her use of color and volume was inspired. After the last two seasons I have found myself questioning if Goddard is a one trick pony. She hasn’t had the same amount of red carpet love either. I wasn’t thrilled with the options in this seasons collection but I when I saw this gold and pink sequin polka dot dress which features a scoop neckline, 3/4 length sleeves, 3D floral details, and a ruched skirt on the runway my mind immediately turned to Sarah Jessica Parker who I know would sell it to me. Peter Pilotto: Another master of print is the Peter Pilotto, but this season instead of one of his bold floral and abstract prints that makes this list. I love this metallic gold striped midi dress which features chic ruffles and a criss-cross halter bodice. It wasn’t the most in your face look of this collection but I think it was a chic change of pace, that was still totally on brand. Peter Pilotto is one of the few British brands that we have never seen Keira Knightley wear on a red carpet, but I definitely think that she should option this metallic dress for the promo tour for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
Richard Quinn: One of my favorite collections of all of fashion month was the gorgeous and dramatic collection from rising British star Richard Quinn. Last season he had quite the coup when he became the first designer at London Fashion Week to have the Queen seated front row next to Anna Wintour before being awarded the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. So following that I feel like Quinn had a lot on his shoulders to really deliver a major moment, and I definitely think that he lived up to that expectation. It was a meshing of the 20’s, 50’s, 60’s, and 80’s. It was like a journey through time done in bold boisterous prints and I LOVED IT. This red and pink rose print chiffon 1929’s midi dress which features a layered asymmetrical hemline and embellished trim detail along the neckline would be perfect for Thandie Newton who actually wore one of Quinn’s designs for the BAFTA Television Awards earlier this year.
Roland Mouret: Rounding out this list is the master of construction Roland Mouret. We have seen Roland Mouret talked about a lot recently with his relationship with Meghan Markle. His Spring 2019 RTW collection showed all of his signature sharp construction details. He makes tailoring feminine. He celebrates strong women and it makes for absolutely chic moments. This collection is full of looks that I can picture wanting to wear in their everyday lives. I personally loved this black and grey plaid tailored trench coat and I definitely think that given her love of all things suits recently that this is something that Blake Lively would be drawn to. It might not be a suit, but it does give that more masculine vibe, but in a sexy and flirtatious manner.
Which of these looks do you think would make for a major fashion moment on the red carpet? Anything that you think could turn into a Best Dressed of the Year ensemble?