After a whirlwind marathon of presentations, events and parties, fashion week for the year has officially come to an end – at least in the US. Across the pond, things are just starting to heat up for London Fashion Week, one of the most dependable and exciting blocks of shows (and street style moments) of the year. London’s designers, diners and fashionistas have always had a reputation for being extra bold and unafraid to mix upcoming trends with timeless motifs and internet obsessions. It’s not just about fashion – the best street style beauty moments from London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2023 are equally experimental, but not without an undertone of classic charm that defines the city.
This season there seems to be a particular emphasis on larger than life looks in all shapes and sizes. Makeup colors aren’t just bold, they’re vibrant as well alive. Rhinestones cover both nails and faces, while luscious hair colors and goddess-level lengths parade up and down the city’s sidewalks. If London’s best street style beauty moments are any indication of the seasons to come, it’s safe to say that spring and summer 2023 will be unlike any other.
Ahead of some of the best street style beauty moments from London Fashion Week SS23 so far. Consider it next year’s beauty oracle – a guide to all that’s to come.
Bright nail polish colors are a perennial favourite, and for good reason. Not only do they look so stylish, they are an instant mood booster. This guest’s bright green nails are so neon-colored they’re practically day-glo—and the tiny nail art details are just an added bonus.
Warm reds seem to take over every fall, and this year is no exception. Deep cherry reds — which look particularly luxe on natural brunettes — bring out an extra dimension, especially when catching the light.
For a boosted look, a lighter purple-tinted red feels like pure nostalgia. With a resurgence of ’90s beauty on display during New York and London fashion weeks – like the Poster Girl show sporting grunge-inspired piercings – it’s a perfect time to experiment with a spunkier hue.
Of course, red hair doesn’t have to be overly bold to make a serious impact. This Fashion Week guest’s more subtle shade of red is the perfect complement to the blooming floral motif in her coordinating set.
One of the most noticeable trends at London Fashion Week is hair length – so much of it is either ultra-short or Rapunzel-length. This guest’s hip-swinging braids are a full accessory in their own right and add so much movement to her look.
Trends approved by TikTok
The trickle-down effect that social media has on beauty trends is even reaching celebrities — and why not? TikTok and Instagram routinely offer very early takeovers of trends, many of which later reach full moving status. case study? The slick bun loved by the stars, complete with spiky ends that fan out like a crown.
Forget subtle fringes like the curtain bangs craze — welcome to the power bang era. Power bangs put the fringes first, making them the focal point of any look and not the other way around. This guest’s luscious, glossy bangs are an instant hit with their perfect spiral curls and fluffy shape.
The “old money” makeup aesthetic is just gathering momentum, and one of the easiest ways to partake in it is with a rich, velvety lip color. London Fashion Week guest Emma McDonald’s delicate oxblood lipstick, concentrated near the inner part of the lips, screams decadence.
For an easy swap, simply swap out your favorite blue or orange red for its darker counterpart. A darker red gives an instant retro feel but still manages to go with everything.
There are so many aspects of singer-songwriter Griff’s look worth copying that it’s difficult to focus on just one. Her ribbon-wrapped braids — longer at the ends for added whimsy — are worthy of their own story, but her shimmering face jewels are the next level. Interestingly, Griff concentrated the crystals in the inner corners of the eyes for a more ethereal look euphoria.
Punk pixie cut
Technically, this Fashion Week guest’s choppy-chic hairstyle could be called a mullet because the longer pieces snake down her neck. But is it Yes, really a mullet? Call this a punky hi-low pixie hybrid thanks to the super short length and gentle face-framing — or a Mixi – the mullet of the future.
Multiply braided pigtails and ponytails — loved by the likes of Yara Shahidi, Bella Hadid and Dua Lipa — have a serious moment, it’s true. Braids that are pulled up like this are rarer, however. By positioning them higher in relation to the ears, this guest brings a certain schoolyard charm to his sleek, futuristic ensemble.
if gossip girl The world hasn’t taught anything, it’s like there never really is not correct Time to wear a tartan. This guest goes all-in on the preppy part with a structured blazer, tonal all-over, and pulled back braids that blend with the rest of her curly tresses.