London Fashion Week Spring 2018 Review
The air is chilling and the leaves are changing, which can only mean one thing: it's Fashion Month! As an avid follower of fashion, it's one of two times a year in which I simultaneously feel joy and serious FOMO. Each new collection that makes its way down a runway can either leave me in awe or in disbelief. Well, maybe that's a bit dramatic. I'm either head over heels for the clothes or I'm thinking to myself, "What the F is that?".
If you've gotten used to hearing my trend breakdowns year after year, then it's time to snap out of it! We're doing things a little differently on emmaelsewhere this time around. Gone are the tips on "how to wear this in real life" because let's be honest, no one really does. We've done away with the celebrity red carpet forecasting because, to be honest again, we're over it. This year, we're sticking to the need-to-know aspects of each fashion week and breaking them down into bite-size chunks. Sound good? I know it does. Let's get started.
Biggest Moments of London Fashion Week Spring 2018
Topshop cast the most *noteworthy* models, which was to be expected. With It-Girls like Jourdan Dunn and Hailey Baldwin working Topshop both on the catwalk and on the sidewalk, you know this elevated collection will sell out of stores with ease.
Croc lookalikes were spotted on the runway at Christopher Kane, cementing the idea that the "ugly" shoe is here to stay. Still not a fan.
Ashish went witchy in a move that is both seasonally appropriate (ahem - at least for Fall 2017...) and right up my alley. This goth meets mystical showing had all the right moves and made a differing statement during a Fashion Week filled with frills and sugary sweetness. Cool girls everywhere - this is your collection.
My Picks for Best Collections of London Fashion Week Spring 2018
Ralph & Russo
Ralph & Russo was just fun. Each piece that came down the runway made me smile - and that's saying something for a 50 piece collection. Whether it was the use of metallic shine, oversized jackets to tone down supershort dresses, or sheer gowns with fabric in just the right places, this collection had it all for me. Every model looked like they loved the look that they were in, and it made me feel like if I was wearing it I would too.
There's nothing that I love more than a collection that is fully immersive, if not completely realistic. Temperley London came through with that vision this season with clothing that made me feel like I was in a daydream about a luxe tropical vacation. Tiny turbans and bright, sunwashed colors brought me to Summer 2018 - and made me forget all about Winter 2017.
This collection had sugar and spice, but he left out the nice. Although extremely feminine in color and texture, this collection contradicted itself with cagelike strucutre and heavy footwear. Paired with rumpled, moody styling, Christopher Kane gave us an education in how to feel girly, without giving away your tough exterior.
My Picks for Best Beauty Looks of London Fashion Week Spring 2018
Christopher Kane met every mark this season - from a stunningly moody collection to an equally entrancing beauty look. Dewy skin highlighted an otherwise very nude face at his Spring 2018 show, while dark, thick brows framed the face. I wont' say much about the hair (there really isn't much to say) other than that a middle part never goes out of style.
Ralph & Russo
Another collection that scored big on the beauty front as well as on the sartorial side was Ralph & Russo. Similar to Ulla Johnson at New York Fashion Week, Ralph & Russo played with an extremely opaque - almost metallic - white shade on the inner corners of the eyes to make them pop. This placement and color choice resulted in a wide-eyed, almost futuristic look that I think we'll be seeing a lot more of this year.
Two words: liquid liner. Modeled after the iconic Donatella Versace herself, models stomped the runway with the thickest wings imaginable. With an eye surrounded in dark, inky liner it's safe to say that the rest of the beauty look paled in comparison. As for the hair? Well, it's always perfected bedhead in Versaceland.