London Fashion Week, one of the most exciting events in any fashionista’s calendar, has just wrapped up – and what a week it was, with the return of in-person runway extravaganzas, as well as showstopping digital presentations.
The event, which ran from 16–21 September, featured some 250 fashion designers – including well-known labels like Vivienne Westwood, Burberry and Victoria Beckham, along with up and coming brands you need to know about.
We’ve highlighted eight big-hitting shows that are well worth catching up on for jaw-dropping fashion trends and the craftsmanship and inspiration behind them. Here they are in no particular order below.
1. Molly Goddard
Like a few fashion designers mentioned here, Molly Goddard studied at Central Saint Martins, the world-renowned arts and design college in London. Her collections often explore transparencies, volume and fabric manipulation, featuring smocking and shirring techniques. She likes to work with tulle, and more recently, taffeta, silk and organdy. Her Spring 2022 collection includes plenty of this – along with ‘everyday’ pieces like wide-legged jeans, knitted cardigans and striped stockings and sweaters. Watch her show.
Originally from Serbia and now based in London, Roksanda is known for her signature take on bold, block colours and architectural shapes. She showcased her SS22 womenswear collection through dance and movement. A mixture of dancers and models twisted and turned fluidly, wearing magnificent, billowing gowns and oversized suits and capes in a palette of mood-lifting colours. See pictures of the collection here.
3. Vivienne Westwood
Vivienne Westwood – the woman who helped create the street culture of punk – is one of the most influential and celebrated fashion designers of our time. She broke into the fashion industry over forty years ago and went on to create the major British fashion house that we know today. Vivienne Westwood exhibited her SS22 collection, which reflects a maritime theme, through this powerful video.
4. Simone Rocha
Another big-name fashion designer that delivered a spectacular show was Simone Rocha. Her eagerly anticipated collection touched on new life and new beginnings, thought to be inspired by a new addition to her family. Think white, lots of layers, christening shawls, lace and ribbons, and even nursing bras. Check out this great write up.
5. Emilia Wickstead
The Emilia Wickstead label started as a made-to-measure atelier and has since expanded to include ready-to-wear womenswear, bridalwear and homeware. Emilia’s designs tend to be feminine, graceful and elegant with strong use of colour. Her SS22 collection has been described as ‘darkly seductive’ by Vogue – evoking a sense of romance and nostalgia with many pieces showing off the waist through interesting cuts and silhouettes. These five things sum up the collection.
Erdem Moralioglu put on an atmospheric show for London Fashion Week to showcase the remarkable Erdem SS22 collection, which featured his signature aesthetic of feminine silhouettes and floral prints. The collection was inspired by two enigmatic women from the 19th and early 20th century, the British poet Dame Edith Sitwell and Lady Ottoline Morrell, an aristocrat and artist. Pieces included dramatic ‘fit and flare’ floral dresses with matching wide-brimmed hats plus patchwork dresses made with upcycled materials. Watch the video here.
7. S.S. Daley
Steven Stokey-Daley is the Liverpool-born menswear designer behind the emerging fashion label S.S. Daley. He started his brand during lockdown and made an unforgettable debut at London Fashion Week with his collection inspired by public school and British elitism. The S.S. Daley label has already been seen on Harry Styles in his music video for ‘Golden’ – this is a fashion designer to watch! Here’s a snapshot of the S.S. Daley Spring 2022 collection.
8. Nensi Dojaka
Another up and coming designer that made the headlines following her debut show at London Fashion Week is Nensi Dojaka. The 2021 winner of the prestigious LVMH award for young fashion designers, Nensi is already known for her sexy and powerful aesthetic – barely-there mesh pieces, spaghetti straps and detailing, along with pin-sharp suits. Get a glimpse of her SS22 collection.
Aspiring fashion designer? You’ll love our Founder File on Roksanda – it’s an hour-long interview where Roksanda shares how she took the fashion world by storm. See a snippet of this in the Journal or if you’re a Creative Entrepreneurs member, view the Founder File in full here.
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