By Brooke Knappenberger, E23 Reporter

Following New York Fashion Week, London was the second destination for a month-long stream of fashion shows. British designers showcased their newest collections for fall, and as with any fashion week, there were some defining moments and trends.

First off, plaid has been standing the test of time season after season, and it’s no different at London Fashion Week. On and off the runway, celebrities, models and influencers are spotted with the trend in neutral and vibrant colors. Burberry definitely updated the trend with a new rainbow-clad version of their trademark plaid print. Other designers like JW Anderson and Emilia Wickstead featured the print on long coats and skirts. It’s clear that plaid is here to stay, at least until next year.

One of the highlights from London Fashion Week was Christopher Bailey’s last show with Burberry. Celebrities came out in force to see the designer’s last collection with the fashion house. Sienna Miller, Keira Knightley and Naomi Campbell were among the many “Burberry girls” gracing the front row. The collection celebrated Bailey’s 17-year tenure with the fashion house by mixing old and new elements. Bailey reissued pieces from the ‘80s and ‘90s and even had elements from the Burberry archives. The collection also had several vibrant rainbow pieces, a tribute in support of the LGBTQ community. Rainbow capes, vests, hats and more from the collection are on sale now with all proceeds going to charities for the LGBTQ community.  

“It’s quite a poignant collection just because it’s my last one, but it made me start thinking about the importance of time. I think we are living in such an interesting period, chaotic and upsetting and changing,” Bailey explained to WWD before the show.

The show ended triumphantly with supermodel Cara Delevingne strutting down the runway in a rainbow print, faux fur coat, lined with the trademark checkered print. Delevingne, who Bailey discovered in 2013, was a show-stopping performance for the finale, ending Bailey’s last show perfectly.

Sequins and all things sparkly continue to gain steam, especially during London Fashion Week. Erdem featured flowy, silvery skirts and dresses, while Temperley London had flashes of glitzy gowns. Halpern’s collection exemplifies the trend, featuring sequins in every look. Knee-length dresses were covered in printed sequins, as well as matching thigh-high boots. Jumpsuits were made exceptionally unique with dual printed legs in jewel tones. Fans of the Kira Kira app will certainly be happy this trend is continuing to thrive.

Probably one of the most surprising moments to come from London Fashion Week was the appearance of Queen Elizabeth II. The queen attended her first fashion show with Richard Quinn to present the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The queen was seated front row next to the fashion icon and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour. The two chatted throughout the show, leaving audience members to imagine the details of their conversation.

A tweet from the Royal Family showing Queen Elizabeth II sitting next to Anna Wintour at London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week definitely had some defining moments and has reaffirmed current trends like plaid and sequins. However, there’s still more fashion to see these next two weeks with Milan and Paris fashion weeks. With big names like Gucci, Versace, Chanel and Louis Vuitton still to come, I can’t wait to see what’s in store.  

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