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London Fashion Week AW2020 – What You Need to Know

At Papillonkia, we love all of the fashion weeks, especially LFW – it’s one of the highlights of the year and nothing is as exciting or buzzes as much. Not only is it the right place to see what’s on the fashion radar, it is an excellent opportunity to take in what all the fashionistas are wearing, from Anna Wintour to Victoria Beckham (and everyone in between – even the Princess Royal made an appearance).

There’s truly an eclectic mix of clothing ensembles, in fact we often like looking at the visitors more than watching the catwalk shows.  Seeing the ideas fashion journalists, models and regular people put together give us plenty of inspiration – but what we love most of all, is viewing the latest trends as well as the handbags and accessories in all their glory and thinking about what relevant designer labels we’ve already got in stock at Papillonkia and where they will still be in-vogue for the coming seasons.

We Love “Grown-Up” Fashion

One thing that’s for sure, fashion isn’t just limited to the youth of today and that was really noticeable at this February’s LFW with older models strutting their stuff (and still looking as fabulous as they did 20 years ago).  We saw 55 year old Yasmin Le Bon (strutting for Tommy Hilfiger) looking just spectacular as well as a mix of younger models including Lily McMenamy and Cecilia Chancellor, two very well-known faces on the circuit.


Get Ready to Party!

Party dressing is hot for Autumn!  The focus is on making an entrance and being bold with accessories.  Think thigh high boots and plenty of gold too – uber sexy and drop dead gorgeous looks with plenty of little black dresses to go round.  Who doesn’t want a new LBD in their wardrobe?  After LFW it’s difficult not to want a revamp that department!  However, one way of bringing that LBD up to date is by accessorising it with a funky handbag that is adorned in gold.   This preloved Chanel Limited Edition Boy Bag is the right purchase for an Autumn 2020 update:, add some gold with these Van Cleef Alhambra earrings, they’re a modern classic:

About a Boy

Chanel Court Shoes

Autumn is going to be about masculine styling so if you want to borrow from your dad, brother, partner, friend – go ahead.  Think tailoring that’s a little oversized, plenty of checks too and turned up hems.  One of the biggest designer successes for LFW was Margaret Howell who displayed a superb black trench coat and plenty of camel colours in her tailoring.  Tailored, masculine suiting will always work in a wardrobe and is really easy to co-ordinate too.  You just need a killer pair of heels (these work with the camel trend and add some feminine boss-style to tailoring

and a masculine style bag to really bring it up to date.  This Louis Vuitton Travel Bag is ideal

Louis Vuitton Packall GM 2Way Travel Bag Monogram
Louis Vuitton 2 Way Travel Bag

Get Your Jewels Out!

Jewelled handbags and accessories with plenty of trims were abundant, especially thanks to the collaboration between Christian Lacroix and Rixo.  Think bags that turn heads and demand attention, gems that dazzle and bright, exciting colours of the rainbow.  This Candy Stud bag by Valentino will go the distance:

Valentino Candy Stud Bag

The Christian Lacroix show used lots of retro accessories and  pieces from their vintage archive, highlighting the importance of re-using clothing, jewellery and accessories even more – it’s fashionable to bring out your vintage! This Kelly bag made out of crocodile leather is a sustainable way to wear vintage, it will never date, always look good and it’s a preloved item that will be loved forever: As for sustainability, there was a strong message across the whole show but especially through Rixo because their collection with Christian Lacroix is a very small one, with only 50 pieces and has probably sold out by now.  Still, sustainability comes in lots of different shapes and forms, especially in buying preloved designer labels.

One designer showcasing their latest sustainable range was Mulberry with their ECONYL collection of handbags made out of sustainable cotton and ECONYL.  They’re lightweight and water-repellent and have calf leather trims.  The M (Made to Last) collection only uses responsible materials, take a leaf from their book and start using responsible materials while shopping preloved designer.

It’s time to Puff

We must talk Puffs!  The puffed sleeve craze is continuing right into the Autumn and beyond so keep hold of your puffy sleeve tops because you can recycle them for next season.  Fendi and Max Mara showcased their puffed sleeves and think royal proportions dating back to the Elizabethans.  Bottega Veneta also showcased big sleeves – but batwing in a throwback to the 1980’s.  It’s not just puffs and big sleeves – the ruffle is going to be huge!  Ruffles are everywhere, worn at the neck, along the placket of blouses and on skirts – if you’ve got a ruffle, dig it out and you’ll be bang on Autumn 2020 trend!

via Guardian 

So retro is still big news and you will enjoy wearing muffs, giant headbands and tweed jackets with big, Princess Margaret style sunglasses.  The Kelly bag mentioned before will set this look off perfectly!

Bag News

Let’s talk handbags now (because we know you really want to!). LFW always brings a host of new bags but those vintage styles are still very current.  New York Fashion Week also showcased some fabulous bags, think mini bucket bags and giant shoppers, nothing we haven’t seen before but slightly updated for the season ahead, for example, mini bags become cross-body bags and there are a lot more sustainable materials around, less exotic animal skins and more faux.  Embellishment is strong, Valentino has a stunning rose embellished mini bag in palest ivory that makes a statement while remaining completely feminine:

Valentino Rose embellished designer handbag

Valentino updated the shopper with stitching detail in buttery leather (hope it’s sustainably sourced!)

Valentino Stitch Detail Shopper

And Alexander MCQueen went all rainbow on us with their multi-coloured ‘70’s style shopper!

Alexander McQueen Shopper Tote

Our Favourite Bag !

However, our absolute favourite bag for this year’s fashion weeks has to be the Dior Mini Book Tote, it’s a step up from their already iconic book tote bag which is still very much in style (which is great because we’re looking forwards to getting some of these in) and it’s sustainable too, made out of printed houndstooth canvas or the oblique Dior print. Embellished with 3D embroidery, it’s an incredible piece, carry it using the top handle but make sure it’s seen – because it is THE fashion bag item of the year. It’s enormously versatile.  If you don’t have one we’re sure to be getting some in and you can be “totes” in fashion!

Rhianna rocks with the Dior Mini Book Tote


A final word – ladies, this Autumn shorts are going to be hot property so it’s time to get some opaque tights and boots and wear yours with pride, luckily, it’s colder so there’s no need to spray-tan…!   You can also mix up your patterns and wear checks, they’re going to be big news.

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