Last Thursday, all eyes were on the British capital to see the Fall 22 collections from English designers. London Fashion Week is the second stop in Fashion Month.
London is the second fashion capital in FW and the city has always surprised us with rebellious collections. All of the English designers who present collections during London Fashion Week are true creative minds that propose irreverent designs that captivate fashion lovers.
For the Fall 22 season, the designers of London Fashion Week showed us that this city is a cradle of creativity and talent, in which individuality shines. Here are some of the collections from this season of LFW that gave us something to talk about.
This designer is revolutionizing the industry. This Central Saint Martins graduate has captivated the world with his genderless aesthetic. For the designer, fashion should be a means by which you can express your true self. His Fall 22 collection, entitled “60 Years a Queen” continues his self-described demi-couture. We saw a collection inspired by the Victorian era full of drama and modern elegance. Each garment was a mix between that peculiar millennial style and the classic vintage glamor of English fashion. It was a fusion between two opposing worlds: British monarchy and queer culture–universes in which the only thing in common is a touch of extravagance and opulence. Each garment was a unique piece created using 100-year-old Italian upholstery fabrics, once again continuing Harris Reed’s philosophy of recycling and creating more conscious fashion.
This British designer spent a few months in the United States, in Connecticut, where would gind the inspiration for this new collection entitled “Cyclone”. The outfits in Matty Bovan’s Fall 22 collection combine the American style of the colonial era with the English punk aesthetic of the 70s. The result is an explosion of knit garments in disproportionate silhouettes and bizarre and striking tones. The garments leave the “reality” behind with a level of drama that transports each look to the world of camp. Functionality takes a backseat with oversized silhouettes and patchwork, in garments like dresses, sweaters, shirts, jeans, coats, and jackets.
A recurring theme this season the celebration of female beauty. Every woman is beautiful and should feel safe in her body and let her beauty shine fearlessly and just be. We saw this spirit on the runway from Nensi Dojaka, the most recent winner of the LVMH Prize. Each of her outfits was full of sensuality, glamor, and sophistication. We saw how the designer transformed the sensuality of the lingerie garments into a collection of ready-to-wear pieces that cover the body with sumptuous textiles like velvet, silk, and satin without losing that eroticism that is part of the brand’s DNA. We saw lingerie dresses with sequins and transparencies, jumpsuits with cut-outs, bralettes combined with dress pants and mini leather dresses, in this Fall 22 collection that celebrates the female body.
The English designer launched her eponymous brand in 2016, something she had not imagined would happen so early in her career. A graduate of the famous Central Saint Martins, Molly made her way with London consumers and fashion fans, capturing the attention of critics in that country and, before long, capturing more international attention. Her aesthetic seems to be suspended in time. There are avant-garde elements with a clear influence from the past. Her garments, like those of many young designers, are made with recycled materials and upcycled garments. For the Fall 22 Goddard collection she looked to her own childhood and her mother’s style for inspiration. There were silhouettes of the 80s from West London in which voluminous skirts were combined with knit garments, creating a casual and carefree look, but that also have that sense of English elegance that tells the world that you don’t care what you wear, but you still look spectacular.
We could call this designer the “king of prints,” because his prints designs are what sets him apart and gets the world’s attention. This season Quinn’s garden has continued to bloom in lavish outfits inspired by the golden age of Haute Couture. Eccentric silhouettes, adorned with sequins and feathers, transformed the models’ bodies. Each garment in Richard Quinn’s Fall 22 collection is more than meets the eye. True craftsmanship and artistry come together in gorgeous dresses, jumpsuits, peplum tops, and pants. We saw PVC accessories, XL hats, gloves and boots—a true ode to the universe the designer has been creating since his first collection in 2018. Each outfit that we saw on the catwalk came from of an alternate cosmos in which luxury was transformed in visions full of emotion and eccentricity.
London Fashion Week stands apart from the different fashion capitals because there is certain level of showmanship and an epic quality that we don’t see at any of the other Fashion Weeks. Some of the most dramatic and surreal shows are those of Simone Rocha. The Irish designer is known for the dark beautiful of her designs. Normally, black reigns in her collections. In the fall 22 looks, she stayed true to her aesthetic. Taffeta, velvet, lace, feathers, leather, and silk–each of these elements were spun into garments that tell the legend of The Children of Lir, royals bewitched and transformed into swans. This dark tale comes to life with each outfit that came down the designer’s catwalk, embodying the enigmatic swans of in this popular tale.
This designer has become famous for his impressive collections that are more than a series of garments; they tell us a story about femininity, modernity, and timeless elegance. Erdem Moralioglu founded his namesake brand in 2005 and has created a fashion fairy tale fill of enigmatic garments. For his Fall 22 collection, he told a story with a darker twist – a recurring theme for designers this season during London Fashion Week. Jacquard, silk, tulle, pearls, lace, and black sequins, transformed this collection into a tale about the beauty of fashion. Dresses, skirts, suits, coats, and blouses full of magic and opulence made up this designer’s most enigmatic collection to date. Erdem has conquered us with a story about femininity and its darker side.