7 London Fashion Week Trends That Will Actually Influence Your Wardrobe

With a incomparable mix of the avant-garde and the advance-to-my-wardrobe-immediately, London produces the big trailblazing ideas just as easily as it churns up easy pieces that can slot into all kinds of wardrobes. We saw high-octane creativity from the city's power brands—controlled simplicity for all of those alternative-but-basic items you've always wanted; tempting high-street options from Topshop and plenty of adventurous midpriced, street style–friendly wares courtesy of brands such as Rejina Pyo, A.W.A.K.E and Eudon Choi. Such a range of course provides approximately 50,000 trends, but I've saved you a little time by breaking it down into seven digestible looks that you'll definitely be interested in.

Keep reading to see the topline ideas for spring 2018, featuring some of my favourite shows from the week (Christopher Kane, Burberry and Erdem were notable highlights).

1. Bows, Bows, Bows

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Erdem

Picking up where this season's knots and tying details have left off, spring 2018 is all about bows, and the more prim the better. Erdem—pictured above—was inspired by HRH Queen Elizabeth in the 1950s (and particularly during a phase she was interested in jazz music), adoring jaunty, regal ribbon bows to pieces in unexpected places.

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But it's not all sweetness and light—see how Toga used bows in a more seductive way to keep slinky pieces fastened together.

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Emilia Wickstead

Emilia Wickstead wasn't backwards in coming forward with her attention to these pretty adornments. We adored the way she placed elaborate pink Rococo bow on a simple red dress—such an elegant way to wear this trend.

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Eudon Choi used contrasting black ribbon to make a statement with his bow ties. We predict you'll see a lot of his version on the streets next year.

2. All the Checks

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Don't care if it's gingham, picnic blanket, tartan, houndstooth, Prince of Wales… If it's checked fabric and made into clothes, we'll take it. The pattern has overtaken all others for the leading role in S/S 18, and we were particularly enamoured by Natasha Zinko's plaid prairie-style dress pictured here.

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The Marques'Almeida team were partially inspired by Dolly Parton—hence the plaid that echoes her iconic country- and Western-inspired getups. But they gave it a London-girl spin, warping and wrapping it into less obvious silhouettes. This tie-up top is on next year's shopping list already.

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And the trend wouldn't be worth mentioning if we didn't heavily namecheck Burberry. The heritage brand went back to their '90s roots and combined the classic weave with all manner of streetwear gear—including this cap that everyone will desire, yet again.

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Ports 1961

Windowpane prints also popped up on silky summer pieces, like those matchy-matchy sets seen at Ports 1961.

3. Aysmmetri-Cool

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Can you remember when hemlines where, well, just straight? Or when shirts were worn on both shoulders? Us neither. So much so that it'd be easy to miss the fact that so many designers are cutting their creations on the diagonal. Handkerchief hemlines and complex geometry played out across the runways—with one of the most alluring, subtle takes being these striped skirts from J.W.Anderson. Side note: Those corset tops are going to go WILD next season.

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Palmer//Harding

Palmer//Harding has made a signature out of asymmetric shirting, so it's no great surprise that the best of the week in this department was down to them. This blue button-down has "Instagram hit" written all over it.

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Peter Pilotto

Taking the trend to a highly decorative level were the designers behind Peter Pilotto. With patchwork fabrics and a frenzy of lines, colours and embellishment, this is asymmetry, and then some.

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Teatum Jones

The Teatum Jones duo's easy, breezy summer pieces were made all the edgier for their off-kilter hemlines. 

4. The LRD

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Perhaps my favourite item of all: The Little Red Dress has really matured for S/S 18. You'll find her draped, pleated, rendered in lace or satin, fastened in interesting ways, layered over trousers, ruffled… Get the picture? Let's start with this sailor-meets-dancer hybrid from A.W.A.K.E—how pretty.

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Rejina Pyo's first show provided many a stellar dress (well, she is one of the queens of the street style cult frocks), but it was this bohemian scarlet number that had so the attention of so many fashion editors' phones.

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Roksanda's billowing satin dress—with their full skirts and even fuller, swishy sleeves—were a delightful thing to see. We'll also be stealing the styling idea of wearing red dresses with blue shoes. Thanks!

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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

I fell in love with everything in this delicately dishevelled show, but it was a series of bright-red dresses at the end that made me furiously jot down "preorder." Preen by Thornton Bregazzi is well known for its perfect-fit frocks, and it clearly has more winners on the horizon.

5. Bucket Hats Are Back

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Holy smokes. When Victoria Beckham introduces bucket hats by the bucketload for her VVB line, you know something is up. This '90s classic is back, and it's most commonly being styling in matching colours or fabrics to the chosen outfit.

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Versus

Versus sent many a model down the runway in chin-strapped bucket hats—could they be the beret of 2018?

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Nicopanda

Nicola Formichetti's line, Nicopanda, featured almost every kind of hat style under the sun, but being the forward-thinking stylist that he is, we weren't surprised to see the bucket in his mix.

6. Crystal Amaze

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Christopher Kane was inspired by suburban housewives and their daily chores, but there was nothing quotidian about the way he employed crystals to soup up his looks—they were even smattered over reinvented Crocs.

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Sophia Webster

We had to slip these into the gallery—Sophia Webster's lavish shoes were covered in gemstones. A perfect way to dip into the sparkly trend.

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Osman

Rhinestone crystals featured across much of Osman's evening-ready collection, but it was this mesh top that we could imagine on one of our night's out (with a bra, of course).

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Topshop

Topshop's saucy showgirls didn't stop at crystals on their clothes—they all wore an excess of diamanté jewellery too. So the message here is: More is more.

7. Attack of the Anoraks

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Windbreakers, anoraks and plastic macs have never looked so chic. See Mary Katrantzou's colourful, lightweight version here for starters—an ideal addition to any dreary British wardrobe.

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Burberry also took to this trend like a duck to water—there were many plastic macs in pastel shades on offer. Considering our current climate, it's a good job you can buy them already

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Mr. Armani reinterpreted the humble cagoule for his Emporio show in London—pairing them with simple trouser-and-sneaker combos.

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Anya Hindmarch's chic all-terrain options were by no means basic. She took the sporty shapes and transformed them with textural, luxe fabrics.

Next up, 50 awesome street style looks from London.