As London Fashion Week showcased the “extra everything” trend, capes, trains, and draped details swished down the catwalks, promising a season of drama for Autumn/Winter 2023. However, this trend isn’t just for the runway – it’s also adaptable to everyday wear. Whether you choose to dial up or play down these extravagant extras, it’s up to you and the occasion.
At Ahluwalia, the train trend took a practical turn with a sustainably made denim maxi skirt that featured a mini train. This sporty and day-wear-friendly option swept the floor, but beware of rainy weather as trailing fabric and moisture don’t mix well. Meanwhile, at JW Anderson, a cloud-like white dress with scalloped edges and draped gauze loops caught around the hem, creating a trailing effect that hit mainly at knee-length. This approach was more practical and easier to manage. It’s always great when fashion trends allow you to incorporate as much or as little detail as you desire.
Fashion industry darling Richard Quinn wowed the crowd with a dress featuring a bold red rose and polka dot print. The dress flowed seamlessly into a mid-calf cape that trailed behind, creating a sharp and tailored look. The ensemble was elevated even further with boots adorned in the same eye-catching print.
Christopher Kane presented a clever twist on draped details by incorporating split sleeves on a simple wool suit. The amount of fabric used was just enough to make a statement without overwhelming the look. Chet Lo also featured wafty fabrics that gracefully swept past the front row guests. The chiffon sleeves on a sheer, Y2K-inspired top offered an evening-appropriate take on the draped detail seen at Kane, while his black chiffon dress stole the show for a major night out.
Di Petsa focused on fluid fabrics that flattered all body shapes, including pregnant bellies, while designer Dimitra’s wet-look details are becoming a signature of her label. The sinuous organic mood naturally led to stunning trains that draped the catwalk floor, and when worn barefoot, as the model did, it felt even more naturally inspired.
Nensi Dojaka and Tove brought glamour to the table with their train options that would stun at black-tie events or on the red carpet. However, 16 Arlington showed that a single little detail could update a classic look. A tulle train hanging off a bag elevated an otherwise basic outfit. Bora Aksu’s ruffles were train-like, but in sweet white cotton, they felt more cottagecore than statement-making. David Koma also used fabric in a similar way, but in a sexier fashion, with a white satin shirt that was open to the waist and split so that it trailed behind the model.
It’s worth noting that whatever appears on the ready-to-wear catwalks and at Couture will inevitably trickle down to the bridal world. These ultra-embellishments are likely to become key trends in wedding dresses next year, as they are perfect for making an entrance or an exit.
Regardless of whether you choose a little or a lot when it comes to capes, drapes, and trains, we love any London Fashion Week trend that allows you to take it at your own pace.