London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018: Tartan Highlights

London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018: Tartan is always a winner for the winter season and 2018 is no exception. Here are our tartan highlights.

Malan Breton – Titled ‘Omega’, Breton is inspired by the end of a journey as this last Greek letter signifies.

His collection shows a dark side taking inspiration from the myth of the four horsemen of the apocalypse – all gloriously dressed including a black, white and red wool tartan coat dress complete with black leather riding boots. Take note – the Breton lady means business!

Photography by Simon Armstrong.

Markus Lupfer adds playfulness to his tartan looks. Cosy tartan coats, cardigans and Scottish lambs wool blanket scarves wrap the Markus Lupfer girl in warmth ready for the cold weather.

But she is not ready to hang up her party sandals just yet as she wears gorgeous flimsy footwear of faux fur, tassels and satin sparkly ankle straps. She also ties the party knot with flower-encrusted and fringed belts worn over her tartan. This girl is ready for a Highland fling!

Paul Costelloe turns to Magee of Ireland’s County Donegal for his tartan tweeds in navy and grey with a splash of emerald green.

With eclectic styles ranging from a mini dress plus ruffles and leg of mutton shoulders; sleek utilitarian jumpsuit and tight fitting midi dress with sexy thigh high slits; to a prim Edwardian style full length riding suit –

the Paul Costelloe woman is ready for any occasion.

Pam Hogg gives tartan the old Hollywood western style makeover with opulent gold fringing adorning a red tartan coat dress and pink/grey tartan midi dress. Completing the Wild West look is the cowboy neckerchief.

Yee – Haw! This cowgirl is riding high.

Jamie Wei Huang – Tartan joins forces with youthful denim and fun faux fur to create casual patchwork jackets.

But also stood alone as a grungy drawstring coat and kagool style jacket.

Titled ‘To All The Hearts That Dream’ this young girl pays homage to Hong Kong’s entertainment industry in the 1990s when loose fitting casual wear took to the main stage.

Photography by Simon Armstrong.

Methodology – Fellow Hong Kong designer, Glori Tsui, showcased her label’s AW18 collection titled ‘Plaid Block’. The collection celebrates the brand’s signature silhouettes focusing on the juxtaposition of plaid patterns, solid colours and layered textures.

The Methodology girl likes to experiment as she mixes form-fitting cuts and exaggerated volumes.

Presented by Hong Kong Trade Development Council and British Fashion Council.


Simon Mo – Taking inspiration from the colourful Bird of Paradise and the way the male bird attracts the attention of the female through aerial displays; Mo’s tartan boldly stands out in vibrant shades of light blues.

But do not be fooled – the Mo lady is no flight of fancy.

Photography by Simon Armstrong.

Starsica – Although the inspiration for this AW18 collection was Greek mythology, his tartan dresses spoke of Romantic Celts.

Using bright teals and blues on figure hugging silhouettes of folds, darts and tiered ruffled hemlines you could image the tough but feminine Starsica maiden residing as mistress of a Scottish castle.


Indian fashion graduate Aman Khaneja chose a myriad of tartan colours and designs to create his colourful midi dress. He blends Western tartan with loose Indian style trousers and designs his own distorted tartan on a cropped blouse by placing ribbon appliqués on to a striped fabric.

The Khaneja lady isn’t afraid to mix tradition with contemporary fashion and grasps the best of both worlds firmly in her hands.

Presented by Inter National institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) x The London School of Trends (LST).

Photography by Simon Armstrong.

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