London Fashion Week Fall 2018


Richard Quinn Fall 18 backstage, The Impression

London Fashion Week was truly one to remember for Fall 18. A city renowned for its design flare and new talent in the fashion, even Queen Elizabeth thought it was worth being a part of and made her first appearance at LFW. Her Majesty awarded print focused fashion designer Richard Quinn with The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.

Her Majesty taking in all the great print at the Richard Quinn show,

Alongside all of the LFW front page news, print is continuing to take center stage on the catwalks and varying in all kind of ways. With previous seasons being dominated by florals, AW18 collections are seeing many other print trends emerging.

Here is a look at some of the newness that we spotted coming off the catwalk:

Print Mix

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Left to right – Peter Pilotto, Natasha Zinko, Richard Quinn, Simone Rocha

Splicing, garment reconstruction and merging patterns, all kinds of prints are found on any one garment on the runway. We especially love the combination of florals with checks as this feels really new and different.


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Left to right – Ports 1961, Halpern, Preen, Emilia Wickstead

One of the biggest print trends of the season, Animal, can be found in a safari of different skins; snake, cow, leopard, tiger to name just a few.


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Left to right – Richard Quinn, Temperley London, Mother of Pearl, Delpozo

Spots are all everywhere and the newest way to wear spots seems to be the varied combination of scales and plays on negative and positive juxtapositioning.

Bright Florals

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Left to right – Richard Quinn, Osman, Alice Archer, Osman

Despite this being an Autumn/Winter catwalk, florals continue from the summer to be bright and fun. It is going to be important for print to still be vibrant in the winter months allowing fashion to be optimistic all year around.


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Left to right – Emilia Wickstead, Fashion East, Rejina Pyo, Marta Jakubowski

With checks being the main print focus of the Versace show in Milan, London was also drenched in checks. Pink and red colourways seem to be prominen. We love the combination of different colours of the same checks in one outfit by Marta Jakubowski.


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Left to right – JW Anderson, JW Anderson, Emilia Wickstead, Temperley London

Stripes continue to dominate the catwalks in all forms from cut about, diagonal, variegated and in many different colour combinations. JW Anderson show the amazing contrast between bold varsity style stripes against place, variegated bright stripes.

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Gucci Decor


Illustration by Alex Merry

Print proud, luxury fashion label Gucci have launched a home ware range and we love it. Saturated in beautiful pattern, adorned with stylized animal motifs, the new ‘Gucci Décor’ collection is everything we would expect from Gucci and more.

The eclectic collection of interior items range from embroidered cushions to printed crockery to silk screens with octopus motifs. Creative director Alessandro Michele’s flamboyant magpie attitude is apparent across the whole range – “the overall effect is one of a surprising, joyous combination of hue, pattern and design, where there are no rules.” he states speaking of the Gucci Décor range. He also explains “the idea is not to prescribe a particular decorative look, but to provide elements that allow for living spaces to be customised.”


2The Italian fashion house broke the news mid last year on their instagram with a series of beautiful hand painted illustrations by artist Alex Merry. Gucci commissioned Merry, a British folk artist, to bring the range to life and each of her artworks depicts the range in the colourful style Gucci is well known for.





“a flexible and personal approach to decoration, bringing an accent of Gucci’s contemporary romanticism into the home”

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Gucci’s Herbarium motif—a whimsical Toile de Jouy design of cherry branches, leaves and flowers, inspired by a vintage fabric can be seen across crockery and wallpapers in a trio of colour ways

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We love how Gucci have translated their mystical, conversational catwalk classics from octopuses to pineapples into furniture. Here their octopus jacquard stands loud and proud on this folding screen.

They have also introduced a line of unconventional wallpapers that come in silk, vinyl and paper. The wallpapers feature prints all from the ready to wear collections straight from the catwalks which we think work just as well in the home as they do on clothing.

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London Design Week 2018


From the 4th to the 9th March, Chelsea Harbour becomes the home of London Design Week 2018, ‘an unmissable event that is essential for anyone who wants the inside track on the latest design thinking.’


‘The interior design world’s Mecca’ Vanity Fair

Chanelling the design world’s rising spirit of individuality and creative expression, London Design Week 2018 seeks to go beyond fleeting trends. This is an event where powerful design professionals can engage with established makers; style-seekers can delve deeper into their design passions via talks, demonstrations, workshops and discovery tours; and luxury brands can converse with emerging influencers and tastemakers.


‘Europe’s flagship for design and decoration’ House & Garden

Visitors who value genuine talent, skill and provenance can discover the latest offerings from 120 exhibitors from around the world, while on the main stage, international speakers share their knowledge at the authoritative Conversations in Design series. A new initiative is ‘Legends’, which sees connoisseurs from the worlds of design and decoration, art, fashion and architecture collaborate to transform an array of showroom windows and showcases with wit and verve.


Trade preview: 4 – 6 March 2018

All welcome: 7 – 9 March 2018

10am – 6pm

Event Location

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XE

Real Kimonos

Kimonos have been very much in fashion in the last few year although they have strayed from the traditional Japanese garment look, the styling has been faithfully to the meaning of the word. “Ki” is from the verb to wear while a “mono” is a thing, a thing to wear. Some renditions have been pretty tacky especially when trimmed with ludicrous fringing.

A traditional Kimono is a Simple T shaped long garment with long deep sleeves that is wrapped around the body and secured around the waist with a sash tied at the back called an “obi”. The length of the sleeve denotes whether the wearer is married, young unmarried women have sleeves near trailing on the ground.

These days they are mostly worn on special occasions by Japanese women with the traditional elevated sandal with split toed socks. Japanese men will occasionally wear them for weddings etc unless they are Sumo wrestlers who are obliged to wear the garment when out in public. A true Japanese kimono is highly valued and the more complex garments in silk can involve both woven and printed ornate decoration.

When visiting japan you may see parties of ladies dressed up in a rather cheaper looking garment but these are more often than not visiting Koreans who like to dress up when visiting Japan. Rather like those children who put on Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears when in Disneyland.

Viv Darling was looking for something special to wear for her brother’s wedding a dozen years ago. She looked around and was very uninspired by the offer on the high street and started to wonder whether she could find something a bit more adventurous and began investigating kimonos on the web. Eventually, after much research, she bought one on Ebay and was not only bowled over by the garment but the fascinating traditions and cultural history she had discovered in this search.

It is fair to say that Viv is quite the expert in this field. She has travelled to Japan and visited Kyoto the ancient capital and centre of silk weaving. Here she linked up with a Japanese lady who has a permit to sell and export secondhand kimonos. Viv sells these are various locations around the Southwest and can be contacted though her facebook site;

Last summer I stumbled across these wonderful ladies attending a wedding in Bath and the view from behind was as stunning as that from the front.



The printed sleepwear brand, Yolke, was bought to our attention after a collaboration with Whistles last year. The brand was launched by friends Ella Ringer and Anna Williamson in 2013 after working at Temperley together. The pair describe the brand as ‘a loungewear brand with a DNA in print led design’ which is definitely apparent across their vibrant patterned range. With Ella Ringer designing the brand’s contemporary bespoke prints, pattern is really at the heart of this brand and is a very important factor in each collection.


Anna Williamson and Ella Ringer, founders of Yolke


Anna Williamson and Ella Ringer, founders of Yolke

Yolke created a range for Whistles featuring two exclusive prints (Fly Away and Wild Thistle) across silk pajama sets and eye masks.

The combination of fashion forward, playful prints and luxurious fabrics has gained the brand a reputation as a contemporary, stylish leisure label. Now a well respected, sort after brand in Selfridges, the brand is going from strength to strength.


@yolkegirl Instagram


@yolkegirl Instagram

Here are a look at some of their current collections:


Botanist collection


Havana collection


Stripes collection

We also love how you can shop collections visually by prints.




With valentines campaigns in full swing, roses emerge as February’s favourite floral in prints over the high street and high end fashion labels. Pink and red grounds sit beneath fun conversational such as lips, hearts and even romantic slogans really vamping up the excitement for Valentines day or as many places are promoting, ‘Galentines day’, embracing a fully feminine look.





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