London Fashion Lovers
If you ask a certain type of fashion insider, London Fashion Week has been reigning supreme. At one time it could not hold a candle to New York but has slowly and (successfully) climbed the ranks for close to a decade. This is in no small part to the immense talent and support of the British Fashion Council, the industry body who nurtures the designers and British fashion as a whole, preparing them for the world stage and sustainable growth. From the established to the emerging, the list of British design heavy weights is well, heavy. Rising to prominence is of course Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo, and Claire Waight Gellar (amongst many others – RIP Lee McQueen) Followed by what was the new guard, Peter Pilotto, Roksanda Illincic, Erdem and Christopher Kane.
By Pascal Alhani
Our highlights come from a few notable names that have been cemented in the good company mentioned. From Richard Quinn at the beginning of his success story to JW Anderson, who continues to wow with his namesake label. There was shimmer and sheen and bold statements at LFW, and recapping the week is anything but boring. Molly Goddard offered sweet jumpers layered under her signature voluminous dresses, and the eccentricities of Richard Quinns were on show with bold statements, quite literally reading, “God save the Quinn” and “ I heart you” adorning his runway. What we have learned is fall 2020 is encouraging us to push the wardrobe limits and, we like it.
Feathers, stones, literally head to toe florals, and statements upon statements, Richard Quinn’s collection pushes the boundaries in every way imaginable. Conceptual drama and gorgeous dramatic shapes coupled with beauty and politics – a little shimmer and twist of glam. What more can you ask for in a runway collection?
When worlds collide, you have a Molly Goddard runway show. The sweetness of her signature layered tutu’s and voluminous dresses paired with fair isle sweaters and the classic creeper was the perfect mix. Colourful, youthful and adding a twist of childhood influence. Her menswear debut did not disappoint with an unmistakably brit-pop vibe taking us back to the 90’s.
Here comes the bride, and a runway show adorned with delicate satins, cloud-like soft knits, Aran knitting and tonal looks paired with Rocha’s signature chandelier earrings, this time as seashells. There is no doubt an earthly and almost religious awakening in this collection, juxtaposed with a femininity delivered in mysterious ways.
Knits big and small, shimmer, feathered cocoons this eclectic mix left us wanting more. “Nouveau chic” was how he summed it up, somehow the sheer volume and bold tent-like shapes, although grand in display had an unmistakable sophistication. Experimental and cozy wrapped into one elegant show.