5 Key Trends Londoners (or Everyone) Will Be Wearing Next Spring
London is the incubator of European talent that reworks the classics and brings a unique and creative twist to every runway. This season, the runway was filled with respect and honor for the Queen, colorful characters, and an ode to the 19th-century aesthetic— which designers like Simone Rocha beautifully depicted.
Brands like Dilara Findikoglu and S.S Daley brought our favorite European children’s illustrations to life by creating characters reminiscent of “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Alice and Wonderland.”— at least, that’s where my imagination took me.
Spring 2023 will be filled with many options, which may lead you to the beach, like JW Anderson or David Koma, or take you through the car wash, like Susan Fang or Halpern; either way, next year may be the best yet because London said so.
Take a look below at the 5 key trends Londoners – or everyone – will be wearing next year.
1. 19th Century
“The 19th century was a revolutionary period in European history and a time of great transformation— and so is 2023. The 19th century was about silhouette, and designers were experimental this season in creating historical references with a modern and contemporary twist.” – Oliver Brown
2. Soap, Suds and Loofahs
“Do you remember being a kid and what it was like going through the car wash? Seeing the soaps and suds create those vibrant and captivating colors that surrounded the vehicle, flowing down the windshield and windows of your parent’s car— that’s the feeling I felt watching looks from design houses like David Koma and Edward Crutchley walk down the runway. To achieve this look, combine texture and colors that jumble and fuse together to create the ultimate spring experience.” – Oliver Brown
3. Children Illustration
“S.S Daley dear, what big ears you have!” I told myself that as I watched Steven Stokey Daley send models down with bunny ears this season, and it was a joy to see. Brands like Dilara Findikoglu and Richard Quinn had charming stories to tell this season that reminded me of characters from an old English children’s book. Next season, be playful and create a point of view by thinking out of the box.” – Oliver Brown
“This year, we lost Queen Elizabeth II, and London designers sent down classic and redefined looks that paid significant respects to the Queen. There was a feeling of mourning as brilliant looks from designers like Richard Quinn and Feban majestically walked down the runway.” – Oliver Brown
5. Mermaids by the Seashore
“You know the old tongue-twister, “seashells by the seashore,” well designers took the cutting room floor right to the beach. JW Anderson, David Koma, Dilara Findikoglu, all highlighted looks that took us to an aquatic destination that will get anyone excited about Spring. To achieve this look, embellish your wardrobe with a decorative top handcrafted with seashells or something subtle like a dress reminiscent of the ocean waves, like at Christopher Kane.” – Oliver Brown