After a long hard lock down, London Fashion Week is back, and it sure did come back with a bang. Not only were the collections iconic, but even more so is the fact that LFW has officially become gender free. After having been historically categorised into four quarterly events – with the seasons being broken down into both women’s and menswear – it now includes both genders as well as gender-free collections being debuted within the same week.
This gender neutral movement technically began last year, but this is the first time that it has been introduced to the world in a social setting. Even though online streaming and virtual events are still in full swing due to the pandemic, it has been exhilarating to see models back on the physical runway.
Designers have gifted us with an influx of creative beauty. From unusual and striking silhouettes, to breath-taking textures and phenomenal colour combinations. Below are just a few of my favourite shows to have taken place and the pieces that struck me the most.
The SS22 Erdem collection can be described as beautifully dreamy. The combination of laces, florals and ruffles make you feel as though you are lost in a 1960s romantic film.
This collection consisted of every colour you can possibly associate with spring! From fuchsia and blush to sunshine yellows and baby peach. The show was fun and feminine with a lot of ruffles and flowing fabrics.
Just as creative and bold as ever! Once again Matty has created something unique and loud, whilst staying true to his creative flare. The Matty Bovan show is always a personal favourite of mine because I have worked behind the scenes on several of his shows over the years, and seeing the huge amount of detail and work that goes into each and every ensemble is truly out of this world.
Pastels, lycra, feathers and impressive cutouts are what this collection is made of, and it’s spectacular! Not only did the models walk through water and make a splash on the runway, but the fashion label has once again created something that I have no doubt will be featured across magazine spreads for the foreseeable future to come.
Contrasting florals, pronounced shoulder pads, babydoll shapes and over-the-top embellishments are all signature traits of Richard Quinn. Having worked behind the seasons on one of his shows before, it really is exciting for me to see the new collections.
Halpern once again created something that can be described as art at its finest. The variety of silhouettes and textures are phenomenal and it is amazing how the label has managed to create such a cohesive collection with such a wide range of fabrics, shapes and colours.