LFW Spring 2017: A Brief Recap

I feel like London fashion week is the weird cousin of fashion month.

You know, the eccentric one who shows up at Thanksgiving but who most people tend to ignore because they’re focused on the successful and beautiful members of the family that have mortgages and drink espresso.

For whatever reason, I get the feeling that most people don’t seem too jazzed about LFW. Most of the bloggers and writers who clogged my Instagram feed during NYFW wrote briefly (if at all) about the shows from a distance. The big celebrities seemed largely absent. It was almost like a quick break before gearing up for the grandeur of Milan and, of course, Paris.

Which is sad because I think London Fashion Week is by far the most unique. The designers are cool, urban, and maybe less-established than the big names at the other three cities. I don’t want to use the word “quirky” to describe the vibe of the shows because I hate that word, but it fits. London is edgy, blending the traditional British culture with funky punk-meets-street style.

Personally, not my scene. We all know I worship at the church of the turtleneck, and enjoy a good pilgrim loafer from time to time.

But from the art-as-fashion standpoint, London fashion week is a breath of fresh air and has such a strong identity that I wish it got more credit. So I’m doing my best with this (very brief) recap of LFW spring 2017.



LFW spring 2017 trend: yellow |www.whatkumquat.com
as seen at: Versus Versace, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, David Koma, Mulberry

Statement Sleeves

LFW spring 2017 trend: statement sleeves |www.whatkumquat.com
as seen at: Pringle of Scotland, David Koma, Ashley Williams, Simone Rocha

80s Fashion

LFW spring 2017 trend: 80s fashion |www.whatkumquat.com
as seen at: Topshop Unique, Ashley Williams, Mother of Pearl, Simone Rocha


LFW spring 2017: Topshop Unique |www.whatkumquat.comMy first look at Topshop Unique was via Snapchat, and it was not a good first impression. All I saw were zebra prints and bright colours- the manifestation of most of my nightmares, missing only Donald Trump commanding a swarm of bees whilst cutting spaghetti with a knife (my nightmares are multi-faceted, ok?). But upon closer examination of the published photos, I saw a better side to the 80s. The shoes are cool, and I’m v into the big blouses and mini skirt combination running rampant on the runway.

LFW spring 2017: Isa Arfen |www.whatkumquat.comIsa Arfen managed to strike a balance between eclectic and classic that is near inspiring. The bolder prints are balanced out in sleek, modern silhouettes; the more neutral colours come in funky futuristic styles. Everything is something I imagine I would wear were I to work at a particularly trendy law firm. Power-chic.

LFW spring 2017: Emilia Wickstead |www.whatkumquat.comEmilia Wickstead is public enemy #1 of the cool grungy Londoner. She dresses Kate Middleton, for god’s sake. Her pieces are the stereotypically British lady’s wet dream. The feminine and light styles look like they should be worn exclusively by someone named Martha, who spontaneously says things like “God save the Queen!” and “I say, Reginald, have you seen my scone?”. They also look like they could be worn to bed, which I like because I outgrew my last pair of matching pajamas years ago and am all for real clothes that can be adapted to sleep situations.


  1. Love everything from the last designer.

  2. You know. I never paid attention to LFW but I love your commentary and the designers! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Haha your commentary is so awesome! I have to agree with you on most of the trends.

    Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

  4. Fashion week is always just a bit eccentric to me, but I love how everything comes together!

  5. Very into the statement sleeve! Glad you took sometime to showcase LFW; It does seem to fall under the radar!

    Cristina / cristinawashere.com

  6. So many amazing trends! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I never even really knew London Fashion Week was a thing until a few years ago! I love the yellow trend and the final designer in this post is my fave!


  8. The statement sleeve trend is so cool! I love reading fashion week posts, they’re so interesting because I basically live under a rock when it comes to most trends haha.

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  9. Lots of chic looks in this roundup. Thanks for sharing! I agree that LFW seemed to miss out on getting a lot of buzz on bloggers’ accounts this year.

  10. Candice Nikeia

    Everything is loose and effortless – with a twist! I hope one day I can go to LFW!

    xoxo, Candice

  11. Topshop Unique looked so good! Coveting everything from their show!

  12. Hmm I don’t know if I personally could pull of the yellow but they rocked it!

  13. Great roundup! Love London fashion – your Thanksgiving comparison made us giggle though. Cherio!

  14. What a fun round up! I loved Topshop’s collection out of all of them the most! So excited to start experimenting with different trends this season!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  15. what an awesome opportunity! I’m not a yellow person, but it looks so great on the models! Also I seem to always love Topshop!



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