London Fashion Week: Designers get creative with the perennial stripe

Bold, colourful stripes win at LFW

Stripes are never far away from the catwalk, a wonderful staple, a runway constant. But contrasting to what we saw in New York for S/S18, where the stripes were cleaner, more workwear focused and very fine, London is all about breaking rank with this.

Fine print at Jason Wu in New York S/S18

Fine print at Jason Wu in New York

London is all about clashing colours and bigger stripes. Designers in London are getting creative with the perennial stripe, experimenting with scale, colour and splicing to elevate this classic print. “Vibrant colour combinations are key, adding a graphic stamp to suiting and occasion dresses”, says WGSN’s Senior Editor of Prints & Graphics.

The colouring is important, as it’s offering a more youthful direction. We’re seeing bright on brights, lots of saturated colours with limited neutrals in the mix. It’s also a continuation of what we saw in pre-summer with labels like Henry Holland where bold stripes in clashing saturated shades brought a sense of fun to resort wear.

house of holland resort 18 lookbook

This trend feeds into our WGSN prediction of a ‘Psychedelic Summer S/S 18′. “From vintage exotic botanicals, to 1990s rave culture, psychedelia from throughout the ages inspires a plethora of print and graphic directions for S/S 18”,  explains WGSN Editor of Print & Graphics, Izzy Wharton. Bold and bright is here to stay for next season! 

Pam Hogg S/S18 stripe

Pam Hogg S/S18 London Fashion Week

Paula Knorr LFW

Daks London


Markus_Lupfer S/S18

Jasper Conran

Peter Pilotto


Peter Pilotto

JW Anderson

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