Where fashion leads, interiors tend to follow. That's why we've been keeping our beady little eyes on the hottest looks on offer at London Fashion Week. Held across the capital from 18th to 22nd February at some of London's most iconic venues (Tate Britain, we're looking at you 😍) this stylish event showcased the work of some of the best and brightest names in British fashion.
As many designers made their return to in-person shows for the first time since the pandemic began, there was a sense of giddy excitement in the air as the models took to the catwalk once again. Party dresses took centre stage as the vibrant collections celebrated a new era of hope and optimism 🙌
Here, we round-up some of London Fashion Week's hottest catwalk looks and consider how they might filter into our homes over the coming months…
TAKE IT TO THE MAX
If anyone was in any doubt about the fashion world's delight in returning to IRL fashion shows, those fears were blown away with dazzling displays of glitter, sequins and frills. The message was loud and clear… Partying is back and it's bigger and better than ever 🥳
Cult British brand Rixo rocked the runway with party dresses featuring bold prints, feathers and fun. Queen of froth Molly Goddard dressed her models in fishtail dresses and tulle puffballs. And over at Alice Temperley there were vivid patterns, tassels galore and even a wild west vibe 🤠
@mollygoddard masterpieces rockin' the catwalk.
In the interiors world, there's also a feeling of renewed decadence as we finally shrug off the uncertainty of the last few years and embrace a maximalist aesthetic.
"I absolutely love maximalism," says Aaron Markwell, COAT's Lead Colour Consultant. "Put it this way, leopard print is a neutral as far as I'm concerned! To create the perfect backdrop for a maximalist look, I would suggest using two dark jewel tones of the same colour weight. For example, dark green Ditch The Tie and deep blue The Drink work really well together. You could use The Drink on the outside of a wardrobe and Ditch The Tie for the inside to create drama when you open the doors."
@inside.number.twelve giving all those maximalist vibes with 'Ditch the Tie' as a bold backdrop.
The tassels, patterns and embellishments of the catwalk are clearly in evidence in homewares as well as fashion this season. We love this Seventies-inspired Velvet & Tassel Drum Pendant Lampshade from Oliver Bonas, the Baloo Gold Mirror from Pooky and the Leopard Print Tablecloth from Mrs Alice. All of these are spot-on for a maximalist, post-pandemic vibe 💃
PRETTY IN PINK
Those guys at Pantone know what they're talking about when it comes to colour. But I guess if you're a global colour consultancy it stands to reason, right? In their latest Fashion Colour Trend Report, released in advance of London Fashion Week, they flagged pink as one of the key colours to watch out for. And they turned out to be bang on the money 👏
Eudon Choi goes big and bold for 2022. We're obsessed.
The catwalks at London Fashion Week were awash with feel-good pink as models strutted their stuff in outfits from some of the UK's top designers. Eudon Choi, best known for his neutral, tailored pieces, wowed the crowd with bubble gum pink dresses and cerise shirts. “With this season being our first show in two years, we wanted to bring some bright, bold and playful colours to the collection,” said Eudon, who also launched brightly-coloured trench coats in scarlet and orange.
Other design houses embracing the power of pink were Halpern with their flamingo-pink satin slip dresses, Huishan Zhang with hot pink gowns and Richard Quinn with a hooded fluro onesie.
Persipan and Percy creating magic in @swoonworthyblog living room.
When it comes to translating this profusion of pink into interiors, we've got you covered with our new palette of pinks. Factor Fifty is our plaster pink hero colour – super inviting with warm, yellow undertones. Pair it with earthy pink Persipan or with dusky blush Percy. 💕
Sustainability was the buzzword on everyone's lips during London Fashion Week as more designers push the boundaries to create environmentally-friendly clothes. Menswear designer Robyn Lynch showed off her cutting edge sportswear made from nylon derived from ocean waste, and hot new talent Conner Ives used secondhand clothes and spandex made from recycled plastic bottles to make some of his creations.
Here at COAT Paints, sustainability has been at the core of what we do from day one. As the world's first Climate Positive paint company, we're leading the way in creating quality paints that are kind to both people and the planet. Not only are our luxury paints 100% recyclable, they are also water-based, low-toxin and solvent-free 🌱
CUT-OUTS & COLOUR BLOCKING
When it comes to the ultimate party dress for Autumn/Winter 2022, it seems that less is definitely more. Cut-outs were everywhere on the catwalk this February, with designers from Supriya Lele to Nensi Dojaka revealing glimpses of their models' skin. Hot new label Poster Girl – loved by Dua Lipa and Kylie Jenner – also got in on the act via candy-coloured dresses with cute, heart-shaped cut-outs.
Nensi Dojaka creating beautiful silhouettes in muted tones. It's a yes from us.
So does this mean we need to start cutting holes in our sofas? Nah. Instead, this trend links perfectly with the rise of colour blocking 🌈
Taking its inspiration from the catwalk, colour blocking involves creating geometric shapes in contrasting colours to achieve a bold and dramatic effect. Why not adopt an on-trend 'colour drenching' approach and wrap bands of colour around the room, encompassing skirting boards and picture rails? Our advice is to use a maximum of three colours to avoid overwhelming the space.
Mustard yellows, like our new shade House Points, featured heavily in Pantone's recent Fashion Colour Trend Report, so we suggest using it as a block of colour teamed with strong blue The Establishment and grubby pink Ciao, Sofia.
@brickdustbaby Upcycling is bang on trend. As is our dusky pink, 'Ciao, Sofia'.
Greens are also a core element in Pantone's latest colour predictions. Our dark greens Mansard and Nomad are a good match for this direction and work seamlessly alongside our new taupe Cold Brew or a green-toned neutral such as Detox.
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