The moment we touched down in London, we were greeted with sunshine and optimism—and though the sun didn’t stick around, the good vibes definitely did. From Erdem’s jaw-droppingly beautiful dresses to J.W. Anderson’s colorful accessories and Osman’s high-octane dance party, the designers communicated a playful sense of pleasure for FW18. Anya Hindmarch captured the spirit of joy by suspending gigantic hearts all around the city in a public art project she intended as a love letter to London. We couldn’t help but smile every time we spotted one tucked in a landmark or floating in the skyline.

And it wasn’t just the big names that gave us the feels—the young designers proved that London thinks outside the box. The city’s value of young talent is obvious in the way the British Fashion Council helps curate the process of discovery via an expansive showroom space that was brimming with enthusiasm. Scroll on for our favorite moments from LFW.

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ENGLISH ROSES AT ALICE ARCHER
Though it suggested garden parties and spring, Alice Archer was actually inspired by winter walks in the English countryside for her FW18 collection. The highly romantic collection had incredible embroidery details (it’s easy to see that Archer has worked in Antwerp with Dries Van Noten) and proves that florals can be worn regardless of the season.

Alice Archer AW18 by India Hartford Davis

 

OSMAN’S HOUSE PARTY
Osman’s FW18 presentation was titled “House Party,” and it lived up to its name. Never mind that it was 11 a.m.: There was a DJ, open bottles of Champagne and wine glasses strewn about, and lots of dancing—all unfolding in the midcentury apartment of our dreams. The models acted as partygoers, and their clothes did not disappoint—light-as-air Lurex, playful twists on suiting, and plenty of pops of color and print. These were definitely the clothes we’d want to wear and the party to be at.

Osman FW18 by India Hartford Davis

 

ANYA HINDMARCH’S LOVE LETTER TO LONDON
In lieu of a show this year, Anya Hindmarch launched a public design project to celebrate London Fashion Week and the city. Called #ChubbyHearts, the project had heart balloons both tucked in and floating at prominent locations around the city. We spied them at Battersea Power Station, Wellington Arch, and Somerset House, and they always made us smile.

 

BRAND DISCOVERY
The British Fashion Council sponsors London Fashion Week, and it does such an amazing job of presenting a well-rounded, local perspective. A major highlight of the trip was visiting the showroom space the council had set up with booth after booth of up-and-coming designers. We chatted directly with many of them, and some may be stocked at Barneys in the months to come—stay tuned.

 

J.W. ANDERSON
We loved how the off-hand accessories at J.W. Anderson fit the playful, utility tone of the collection. There were multicolored Converse, doughnut key chains, and plenty of fresh spins on his new bag silhouette, the Disc Bag (pictured).

J.W. Anderson FW18

 

MM6 OUTSHINES
The moment we pulled up at the MM6 Maison Margiela presentation and the frenzied crowd clenched their iPhones out front, we knew we were in for a treat. The MM6 team had taken over a pub, The Running Horse, and foiled every single part of the interior—from the red rope that held back the crowd to the beer taps to the ceilings and floors. We loved the Warhol vibe just as much as we enjoyed the silver parkas and space-age sweaters.

MM6 Maison Margiela FW18

 

BEST IN SHOW
Erdem was, without a doubt, the prettiest show of LFW. Every detail had been considered, from the setting—they reserved the entire National Portrait Gallery—to the glamorous, ’20s hair and makeup and the impeccably crafted dresses in rich velvet, sequins, and jacquard. It felt like a beautiful voyage back in time.

Erdem FW18

 

MAKING NEW FRIENDS
Meeting with up-and-coming local talent kept us feeling inspired throughout LFW. We caught up with Federica Cavenati and Marco Capaldo (pictured), the duo behind 16 Arlington, which launches exclusively at Barneys next week. Their ultra-glam-with-an-edge designs are one of our most exciting new launches this season. Their level of energy, creativity, and openness proves why London is currently one of the most exciting fashion capitals for new talent.

Pictured: Federica, Marco, and Ralph in the middle

 

THE WEATHER DELIVERED
With barely any rain and mild temps, it was the perfect conditions for running around from show to showroom to show. We made sure to use our London City Guide when seeking inspiration for meals or when we found pockets of free time. This picture of Associate Fashion Director Jackie Kim and Senior Fashion Editor Anna Deutsch was snapped just outside Erdem’s show at the National Portrait Gallery, which happens to be his City Guide pick for favorite museum.

Jackie Kim and Anna Deutsch photographed by Melodie Jeng

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