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Autumn/ Winter 16 London fashion Week predictions

Autumn/ Winter 16 London fashion Week predictions

New York Fashion Week has now wrapped, which means the doors have been flung open in the British capital for five whole days of style. London Fashion Week kicks off today (19Feb16) running up until 23 February.

While the Big Apple saw a lot of feminine designs mixed with androgynous tailoring, leading trend authority WGSN is predicting a different vibe in London. We run down the trends most likely to be seen on the English catwalks.

Dark Fantasy

The first trend WGSN are betting money on is the decadent, and rather romantically named, Dark Fantasy. Designers will likely draw inspiration from "ornate historical dress and opulent antique decoration". The organisation adds, "Expect to see dramatic voluminous silhouettes gliding down the runway, draped in lightweight sheers and long slim lace dresses, layered with full coats or nipped waist jackets." In New York Marchesa and Naeem Khan showed off its take on the look.

Soft Legacy

Soft Legacy is in stark contrast to Dark Fantasy, focusing more on minimalist looks with a nomadic vibe. Cosy, clean and comfortable, this aesthetic was channelled at the Narcisco Rodriguez NYFW show. Expect to see "clean lines, simple cuts and a soft, slightly oversized silhouette".

Grunge Luxe

The styling's of '90s just won't budge with the fash pack, and WGSN forecasts the grungy look, made famous by the like of Kurt Cobain, will once again make an appearance on the A/W 16 runways. The trend is characterised by "layered textures, prints and dark, bold colour schemes", with fashion houses expected to give an elevated take on the look with the addition of chequered and floral prints.

Urban Street

Brand like Hood by Air, Kenzo and Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 have made sure street style is at the forefront of fashion. British brands are also expected to showcase the look too, so get ready to see oversized outerwear, worn over boyfriend jeans or loose trousers to "create a cool, effortless downtown vibe".

Tea at the Ritz

Juxtaposing this is a high society look. This is all about "society girls taking tea at the Ritz who have raided their mother’s closet, irreverently mixed her occasion wear with daywear pieces". Opposites attract with the look, think tulle over satin. Singer Charli XCX is going to go wild for this look, as one of her fashion idols is Cher from teen movie Clueless who basically embodies the trend.

Eastern Opulence

Anyone hoping to see more exotic looks will love the predictions for some Far Eastern fashion. "Feminine silhouettes are wrapped in the manner of sari dressing and inspired by the adventures of a Femme Fatale in India in the early 1900s" says WGSN.


Glam rock is gearing up for a comeback, with clothes taking last minute influence from the late, great David Bowie. Lady Gaga played homage to the Starman at the recent Grammy Awards, and it looks as though she'll be ahead of the trends once again in her glamorously kitsch getup.

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