After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, London Fashion Week marches on. As numerous designers pay tribute to the late sovereign, they also introduce exciting new designs. The showcases, which will take place from September 16 to September 20, 2022, will show pieces for the upcoming Spring-Summer 2023 season.
While there were many big fashion moments (there are sure to be more to come), several luxury fashion houses pulled out of the showcase to mourn the death of the late Queen. 110 fashion shows were expected to take over the catwalk. Still, Burberry, a fashion house that carries the royal warrant, announced it would be canceling its show within 24 hours of the king’s death.
With London Fashion Week scheduled to coincide with the national period of mourning and the royal funeral, other labels have followed in Burberry’s footsteps and canceled their shows as well. Raf Simons said in a statement: “We will take this time to respect the legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her 70 years on the throne.”
The British Fashion Council (BFC) – the organization that runs London Fashion Week – released a statement on September 12, 2022, indicating the show would go ahead, albeit moderately, with parties cancelled.
Here are the highlights from London Fashion Week 2022 between British nationals mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II and fashion designers weaving a fashionable future:
Jonathan Anderson immersed viewers (both physical and virtual) in a video arcade straight from Vegas and hosted his presentation very close to his London flagship store on Wardour Street. The collection, as the designer put it, was his way of thinking about modern life. “Do we fall into our screens and become our phones?”
The bizarre collection is the designer’s own take on the state of the current collective consciousness, especially after a turbulent period we’ve been through globally. Over at London Fashion Week, the audience witnessed the designer translate this into his medium of fashion. Chunky sweaters worn inside out signified the absurdity of the time; Old computer key tops conveyed our dependence on technology; and a bulbous metallic bubble worn as a dress, capturing everything at once – a distorted reality.
If you’re a lover of things that billow, then check out what the house of Molly Goddard has in store for you this London Fashion Week. In an explosive showcase of tulle in all its forms, the creative director designed a range of dresses and skirts that are ruffled at the hems for added volume.
Each silhouette appeared to be soft around its edges, and that was very intentional. “I wanted it to be clunky and chaotic, slowing down the pace and giving everything a little more breathing room,” she said. And isn’t that just what we could all use right now?
Over at Nensi Dojaka, the brand has taken femininity to the extreme with its spring-summer 2023 collection. From delicately structured bra dresses to sheer skirts all round, this showcase gives a glimpse of what might be in store for the seasons to come. If this is the case, then the future is transparent.
By combining attraction and tenderness, Dojaka has refined the term and made it synonymous with refinement. Taking the familiar construction and adding its individual twists, the result is tiny rouleau straps, asymmetric constructions and delicate embellishments. What you’ll also notice here is Dojaka’s meticulous care in ensuring the ultimate fit – which is synonymous with pieces that could easily be labeled “thin” or “fragile”.
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