The 12 London Fashion Week catwalk looks that you can wear in real life

Fashion week trends
Fashion week trends
Fashion week trends
Fashion week trends

The overarching theme at the latest round of London Fashion Week shows? Wearability. Yes, in a shocking plot twist, the spring/summer 2024 catwalks were filled with clothes we might all want to add to our wardrobes immediately. In fact, you’ll likely have many of next season’s biggest “trend” items in your wardrobe already – why wait to bring them back out?

It’s more about freshening up your look via clever styling tricks – a new combination of items here, the twist of a bag strap there. These are the updates to start wearing now, which will endure next season and beyond.

The new matchy-matchy

Emilia Wickstead Spring 2024 Ready To Wear Fashion Show
Co-ordinated coat and dress ensembles made an appearance on the Emilia Wickstead runway - Getty

A lightweight co-ordinated coat and dress looks so elegant it’s a wonder that nobody thought about doing this before. It’s a more versatile and modern take on the cape dress that we’ve seen on red carpets – and the high street – over the past couple of years. The coat can also be worn over other evening wear and the dress as a statement piece on its own. Bravo Emilia Wickstead for dreaming this up.


Say yes to silver

Simone Rocha Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2024 fashion show
Sterling standouts: a model wearing a foil prom dress on the Simone Rocha runway - Getty

Perhaps Beyoncé is to blame, after decreeing a “something silver” dress code for the September leg of her world tour. But London’s designers have been inspired, injecting glistening metallics into most collections for spring. Simone Rocha’s sterling stand-outs included crackled leather biker jackets, textured lamé tops with giant bows and foil prom dresses. All other metal colours can retire in the wardrobe for now – head to Jigsaw and Mango for the perfect silver trousers to wear into party season.


Seek directions

Tove Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2024 fashion show
London label Tove paired artfully bunched tops with slouchy trousers - Getty

You’ll want to buff and bronze that decolletage. Artfully bunched tops and dresses with directional necklines will elevate even the slouchiest trousers or jeans. The collection to covet for next year’s summer holidays comes courtesy of Tove, the young London label which presented its second-ever catwalk show. Design duo Camille Perry and Holly Wright do minimalism with a twist – literally, as they skillfully draped and suspended cotton fabrics from the shoulder. Their winter collection, on sale now, features gathered knits, while The Frankie Shop and Aligne also offer an asymmetrical aesthetic.


Prom queen partywear

The Richard Quinn runway at London Fashion Week
Richard Quinn gave us beautifully embroidered, structured party dresses - Getty

You can breathe a sigh of relief that there’s a much more accessible alternative to the body-con look. Richard Quinn, the designer whose show was attended by the late Queen in 2018, gave us beautifully embroidered, structured party dresses with wide skirts and the result was more than a little bit regal (FYI Princess of Wales). You don’t need an HRH title to wear this look though – just channel your inner prom queen. TA

Try the party jumper and skirt combination

16Arlington Spring 2024 Ready To Wear Fashion Show
16Arlington toned down glittering party skirts with casual knits - Getty

It was hard not to start thinking of the festive season at the 16Arlington show. Polished metal sequins and glittering paillettes danced across the runway, but for every party piece there was a more pared-back item to tone it down. Slouchy knits, polo shirts and vest tops took the edge off the glamour, and made this a covetable and easy to recreate combination come winter – Sézane has plenty of options to get started.


Reimagine your trench

JW Anderson Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2024 fashion show
JW Anderson’s trench coats featured maxi lengths and drawstring waists - Getty

If you don’t already have a trench coat in your wardrobe, then JW Anderson’s collection confirms that it really is never too late. This is a style staple that will never go out of fashion so if you can invest in a really great one, it will be worth it. Anderson’s maxi lengths and drawstring waists prove that you don’t need to go for anything too classic, but if you’d like a modern version of the traditional design, check out the beige and black trenches in Clare Waight Keller’s new Uniqlo collection.


Be bold with colour

Roksanda Spring 2024 Ready To Wear Fashion Show
Roksanda Ilincic's collection included a delicious palette of limes, cobalt, corals and mauve - Getty

Wearing colour can be an intimidating prospect but if anyone can persuade us to experiment with bold splashes of striking hues, it’s London’s queen of colour, Roksanda Ilincic. Her collection included a delicious palette of limes, cobalt, corals and mauve. The slinky silk dresses offered a persuasive lesson in effortlessly wearing a normally daunting colour in a dialled-down way. Even if a full dress feels a step too far, try a slip skirt in a bright shade as a way to try the look.


Go big with a decorative coat

The Erdem runway at London Fashion Week
Erdem’s coats were crafted using remnants of the Duchess of Devonshire’s old curtains from Chatsworth - Getty

Erdem’s opera-meets-Barbour coat creations were some of the most memorable looks of London Fashion Week, crafted using remnants of Deborah, the Duchess of Devonshire’s old curtains from Chatsworth. We might not all find that our old upholstery could transform into quite such a striking piece of outerwear but the idea of creating instant drama with your coat is one we could all use this autumn – LK Bennett and Anthropologie are both excellent sources of jazzy jackets (aristo origins sadly not included).


The new tailoring? Opt for a skirt suit

The Eudon Choi runway at London Fashion Week
Eudon Choi gave pleated skirts a modern update - Getty

Pleated skirts have been everywhere this season but at Eudon Choi, they had a modern update. Gone are the days when they were dismissed as frumpy. Now we’re in a new age where the pleats are boxy and top stitched, the fabrics are taken from tailoring and the way to wear them is with a co-ordinating shirt and blazer. Cos has already taken note, and their pinstripe skirt suit comes with two different shirt options. The new three-piece suit.


Switch up your shoulder bag at Burberry

Jean Campbell walks the runway at the Burberry show during London Fashion Week
Jean Campbell on the Burberry runway during London Fashion Week - Getty

The new bags at Burberry are designed with straps that look good on the shoulder. The chunky silver chain on the style Jean Campbell modelled was threaded with a printed silk scarf, while Chey Carty carried a glossy green leather messenger with deliberately short strap to show off a statement metal shield. The application of this tip doesn’t require a whole new bag purchase – simply a shift to the way you hold yours.


Elevate your shirt

The Huishan Zhang Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2024 show
Huishan Zhang elevated the classic white shirt with laser-cut and embroidered designs - Getty

There’s no such thing as a “simple” white shirt anymore - at least not if you’re Huishan Zhang. The elevated shirt is a really easy way to raise your style game without stepping too far out of the comfort zone of wardrobe basics. The shirt is familiar, it can be worn with jeans, and it doesn’t require you to have a particular body shape. Trading the basic version for a cropped, laser-cut or embroidered design just makes it a little more fun.


Layer up a ladylike cardigan

The Molly Goddard runway at London Fashion Week
Molly Goddard teamed pastel-hued cropped cardigans with her signature tulle skirts - Getty

These may have been next spring/summer’s collections but Molly Goddard’s prim little jackets are just what lots of us will be craving as the weather begins to turn over the next few weeks. Inspired by traditional satin-trimmed pastel bed blankets, Goddard’s pastel-hued cropped cardigans looked especially ladylike teamed with her signature tulle skirts but you could toughen them up with a pair of cargo trousers or jeans too. While we wait for Goddard’s to become available, Herd and Navy Grey are both British labels with a great selection of cardigans.