The 8 Biggest LFW Trends Worth Knowing
London Fashion Week has come and gone for another season. And building on the trends team Byrdie spied in New York—glitter, natural hair texture and dark lips—we witnessed some emerging trends London has thrown into the mix that have the potential to go the distance.
This season there is a definite return to bright and bold looks (no-makeup makeup was nowhere to be seen) and mousse was used as the foundation for every possible hairstyle from ponytails and twists to that natural texture we spied at too many shows to mention. The mousse was a symbol for the return to good old-fashioned hairdressing used to create fun, modern hairstyles (we spied a lot of retro diffusers in backstage hair kits).
With Milan and Paris yet to come we can’t say for sure what the key trends will be, but what we can say is that the mood for A/W 16 is looking decidedly individual with a bit of anything goes thrown in for good measure. We’re excited. Keep scrolling for the looks we think could become this year's most popular trends.
Graphic liner was a standout eye look at the shows; we spied it at Topshop Unique (pictured), Julien Macdonald, Simone Rocha and David Koma. Want to try this look at home? Try makeup artist Val Garlands hack for getting an even look every time.
Toni & Guy
Ponytails were also a big feature backstage. A practical trend, it was a way for the hair not to compete with all the high necklines and ruffles at the A/W 16 shows. We love the simplicity of this low-slung ponytail at Roksanda with its soft, subtle wave. Mark Hampton, global hair ambassador for Toni & Guy, secured the ponytail at the nape of the neck with elastics, ensuring the knots both sat to one side. Re-create the look with Popbands Solid Hair Bands (£6) in Purple Rain.
An oldie but a goodie, velvet-finish lips suit the more romantic, gothic outfits on the catwalk for autumn. Val used a Nars blusher and dusted it over Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (£19) in Train Bleu (which is gaining speed as the season's most popular lip shade) to create a velvety effect.
Who says you can't embrace colour in autumn? This use of colour feels like a nod to the trend in fashion for seasonless shows. Marques'Almeida (pictured), A.V. Robertson and Anya Hindmarch all showcased different ways to wear colourful liner. At Anya Hindmarch primary colours were painted along the upper lash line while at Marques'Almeida the colour slotted in below. Over at A.V. Robertson, makeup artist Diane Kendal made the bold colourful lines float just above the socket using Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Liner (£19).
Hair jewellery (think brooches and delicate adornments of precious metal) seen at Erdem (pictured), Alexander McQueen and Paul Smith is set to be a big trend next season, but why wait that long? Here's how you can buy into the hair jewellery trend right now.
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At Alexander McQueen (pictured) makeup artist Lucia Pieroni smudged RMS Eye Polish (£19) in Luna and Karma to create a beautifully gothic blown-out eye. We also spied this eye look at Sophia Webster, where Benefit's Lisa Potter-Dixon was inspired by Tim Burton—think gothic yet girly.
Bumble and bumble
Besides embracing natural hair texture and ponytails, which are surefire trends for next season, we're hoping Milan and Paris create more twisted and knotted hairstyles like we saw at Danielle Romeril (pictured, above) and Holly Fulton (pictured, below). The knotted half updo is a super-quick look, you simply pull two sections from the sides of the head and knot at the back securing with pins. A spritz of Bumble and bumble Cityswept Finish (£22) gives texture and separation to the mid-lengths and ends.
Below at Holly Fulton, hairstylist Holli Smith suggested not being too perfect with this look when trying to re-create it. Just mist hair with Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray (£22) and rough dry then pull the hair up, twist, pin and go, sounds like the perfect Monday morning hairstyle to us.
A winter classic, a bright raspberry lip is a surefire complexion brightener on dull winter days. Makeup artist Petros Petrohilos, who created the look at Emilia Wickstead (pictured) using Chantecaille products, recommends a berry hue with a blue undertone if you have blue eyes and a more orange red shade if you have brown eyes. How you apply it also makes a difference, makeup artist Mathias van Hooff let us in on the easiest way to wear a bold lip backstage at Pringle.
Which trend do you love? Let us know in the comment box below.