If there were any naysayers about the commercial potential of voluminous garments—like those seen at New York Fashion Week—show goers in London quelled those doubts with larger-than-life street style.
London Fashion Week was an opportunity for the city’s fashion crowd to serve major looks. Voluminous skirts, puffed sleeves and extra-large winter accoutrements were among the bold looks that revealed fashion’s gravitation to new proportions.
Women dressed in frothy tulle skirts and dresses made of layers of ruffled chiffon twirled outside of shows. Consider it the “Molly Goddard effect.” The British designer has helped put voluminous princess dresses on the radar of fashionistas with her signature smock dresses and ethereal fabrics. The look translated to the street with show goers pairing the frocks with man tailoring and tall boots, or opting from boudoir-like robes to layer over edgy jeans.
Dropped-waist dresses and tunics featured large sleeves that dramatically gathered at the wrists. Prints, sequin-embellished materials and matching wide-leg trousers enhanced the upsized shapes, as well as novelty egg-shaped handbags. Oversized white cotton poplin dresses hinted at what’s to come in spring, while slimmer silhouettes were punched up with balloon-like sleeves.
While most of the looks skewed sweet and innocent, the volume trend also took a turn toward ’80s and ’90s power dressing. Oversized leather blazers were worn over pieces like nylon skirts, tulle dresses and combat boots. Trench coats with extra-wide shoulders paired nicely with simple turtlenecks.
Winter items were also plumped up. Glossy puffer coats and puffer scarves were generously filled. An extra-large shearling vest added an outdoorsy-look to a simple puff-sleeve dress. And windbreaker jackets were worn with cape-like proportions.