It’s Official: London Fashion Week Proved That Minimalism Is Dead
If you haven’t quite come to terms with the fact that the sweater vest is on the verge of becoming your next piece de resistance, brace yourselves: We have another bomb to drop. Minimalism is officially dead — or, at least, that’s what designers who showed during London Fashion Week would have you believe. The pared-down, almost-androgynous aesthetic that has become so finely ingrained in the industry is starting to lose its foothold on fashion, taking a backseat, as of late, to vibrant color, shocking prints and futuristic feminine silhouettes (but don’t worry — your arsenal of chic t-shirts, tailored trousers and metallic wingtips are still safe). The proof? It’s right on the runway.
1. Christopher Kane: Christopher Kane’s 10th-anniversary collection, Make Do and Mend, had a mood-board-like quality to it, with a whirlwind of color, abstract lines, bold graphic prints, textured appliqués and — you guessed it — Crocs working together to tell the story of Kane’s style evolution. The main takeaway? More is more. (Photo via Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty)
2. Mary Katrantzou: Leave it to Mary Katrantzou to create a psychedelic lineup of looks that even the most die-hard minimalist would totally swoon over. Trippy turtlenecks teamed with geometric slip dresses, sweeping maxi skirts with Grecian motifs and endless looks that played with proportion left little to be desired — with the exception of a closet full of these show-stopping threads. (Photo via Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty)
3. Preen by Thornton Bregazzi: Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton drew inspiration from their Isle of Man roots (its history of witchcraft, specifically) to create their Spring/Summer ’17 collection. The mystical-meets-modern lineup of glitter-flecked skirts, ruffled-chiffon blouses, bold floral prints, pentagrams and iridescent embellishments was downright enchanting — and anything but subtle. (Photo via John Phillips/Getty)
4. House of Holland: Fist-sized sequins, over-the-top gingham and enough mismatched prints to make you do a double take — to say House of Holland was a feast for the eyes would be an understatement. And that’s even before considering the label’s iconic rhyming slogan tees. (Photo via Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty)
5. Temperley London: Cool pastel frocks, rainbow-striped skirts and OMG-worthy embroidery dominated the runway at Temperley London, boldly taking the idea of a spring awakening to new haute heights. (Photo via John Phillips/Getty)
Treat yo’self, girl. That’s what Peter Pilotto seemed to be saying with his look-at-me lineup of floaty maxi dresses, bright bandeaus and playful patch-trimmed pants that made a strong case for not playing it safe. (Photo via Jeff Spicer/Getty)