In case you missed out on the fashion news from London Fashion Week, here’s a recap of what you shouldn’t miss! From cool trends to designers that are new to the scene, this roundup has everything you need to know about what made London Fashion Week so memorable. Here’s what you need to know about London Fashion Week 2022!
Next years London Fashion week will take place from 17th - 21st February, 10th - 12th June and 15th - 19th September 2023 showcasing both menswear and womenswear, as a hybrid digital and physical event.
Moments to Remember
With possibly the most theatrical collections, British-American designer Harris Reed was one of the first to present at LFW. This was Reed’s first ever runway show, and he excelled at introducing a performative showcasing in fashion. Set to a live performance by Queen frontman Adam Lambert, the show was enriched with expressions of gender fluidity. The main inspiration: the debutante ball. ‘Mise En Scène’ saw dressmaking quite literally turned on its head, with crinolines and corsets reshaped and trains elevated to create orb-like headpieces (made in collaboration with Vivienne Lake) around each model. This was another collection on the LFW schedule that was also made entirely from deadstock fabric.
Whereas escapism and fairytales dominated its AW22 collection, Irish designer Simone Rocha let "urgency" drive the story of her new season. The collection, which Rocha describes as "a reaction to distress," was born out of the designer's desire to reflect the nuanced emotions experienced over the past few years into apparel. The end product was a frenetic clash of contrasts: blush-pink tulle pressed with silver sequin flowers, belted straps hanging over ruffled skirts, and jelly perspex dancing shoes. Movement was essential to this idea for the upcoming season, both literally and figuratively. Rocha launched her eagerly anticipated male range, giving her some insight into the brand's future strategies.
For Fashion Week, British designer Molly Goddard created her own red carpet at the Seymour Leisure Centre. Goddard presented a collection that revived some of our favourite Y2K celebrity mainstays, such as patterned trousers tucked under skirts, polka-dotted sheer dresses, ballet flats, and cowboy boots. She was inspired by her long-standing obsession with the laid-back allure of pre-internet red carpets. The collection also drew reference to American fashion designer Charles James and "the research of making shapes on the body, shifting proportions of the body"; a strand which came to life with Goddard's famous ruffles. The colours progressed from blushing spring pastels to brilliant summer tones.
The best runway looks
Rejina Pyo's SS23 catwalk was held on the newly expanded top floor of HYLO, a multi-use workspace close to Moorgate. Titled "Love and Work," Pyo's portrayal of the contemporary woman was well-suited by the urban cityscape seen through the windows. The collection was a tribute to this refined yet very genuine ideal, celebrating her in all her complexity and passions. 'Love and Work' featured clothing that many women could see themselves thriving in whether at work, out to dinner, hanging out with friends, or jetting off on their next big adventure. These pieces ranged from stylish suits defined by feminine tailoring to elegant silk dresses and delicately crocheted resortwear.
Celebrities in attendance
For its Fall/Winter 2022 presentations, London Fashion Week attracted a buzzy crowd that included royalty, A-list actors, members of the usual fashion set, and more. Stars flooded the front rows at runway events and came to all the sexiest afterparties, which were packed with British luminaries and international celebrities.
Others, like legendary British model Jourdan Dunn, made stops at Conner Ives, Nensi Dojaka, Maximilian, and Richard Quinn, where Kate Moss' daughter Lila Grace Moss closed the show. Other attendees included Alexa Chung, Poppy Delevingne, Marc Jacobs, Amelia Gray Hamlin, Iris Law, and the nieces of Princess Diana.
Victoria Beckham, the queen of fashion, took her place in the first row of Supriya, where a fascinating mix of up-and-comers and established designers mixed and mingled. As always, the shows could be classified as either traditional or avant garde. Designer Giles Deacon offered some delicate evening looks while Anna Cleveland's collection was defined by strong lines and graphic shapes; London’s latest it girl Chelsea Tatham's designs for Roksanda showcased sheer fabrics and an innovative use of color.
If there was one thing on everyone’s mind during London Fashion week this year, it was diversity.
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