It is safe to say that despite the challenges faced during a global pandemic, the fashion world has continued to roll out some of the most innovative designs. Once again, London Fashion Week went virtual using a digital platform to host a range of conceptual interactive shows from both up and coming and fully established design houses. This year’s event definitely showcased remarkable fashion in times of adversity and difficulty across the world.
Stay with us as we round up a selection of standout collections from this year’s virtual showcase.
Notoriously recognised for her love of tulle fabrics, maximalist designs and traditional hand pleating, Molly Goddard returns with a striking fall winter collection that transcends classic sophistication yet modern contemporary playful style. Her latest collection itself adopts a new take on quintessentially British pieces, championing herringbone tweeds, fair isle knitted fabrics and bold stripes, whilst still enlivening and staying true to her signature tulle style. From elaborate maxi dresses to structured tailoring, the collection establishes the perfect transition from daytime to evening.
Elevating a meaningful relationship between humanity and the environment, advocating for social justice and supporting social values across a range of communities, Osman Yousefzada’s latest collection is one of unequivocal opulence permeated with the beauty of culture. His collection aims to unite the former East Indies and West Indies, championing dark smouldering tones, dramatic silhouettes, shoulder pads and exaggerated sleeves through maxi dresses, double breasted jackets and statement blouses. This mysterious colour palette is punctuated with abstract all over prints and velvet textures. His artisanal work, expert craftmanship and close attention to the finer details including embroidery, organic fabric choices and hand woven silk yarn establish this collection as a true masterpiece.
This year’s London Fashion Week saw Burberry’s first standalone menswear collection that took inspiration from early 20th century countryside, elevating the relationships between nature and beauty to expression and escape. Rooted in creativity and the great outdoors, Riccardo Tisci’s luxury designs adopt a natural earthy colour palette, structured lines and relaxed silhouettes. Alongside a range of longline coats and knitwear in animal prints, imitation mink and faux shearling, the collection also sees the signature trench coat in a new deconstructed style with added fringe detailing and printed silk belt marking the experimental nature of his new collection.
Gender neutrality, diversity and empowerment forms the centre of fashion house HAREM London’s aesthetic. Their latest collection titled Heritage and Future launched during this year’s London Fashion Week which celebrated global cross-cultural identity, the freedom of expression and combining the worlds of both London and Istanbul through innovative designs. Fusing ancient Anatolia with modern contemporary, the brand’s latest casualwear collection is one of opulence, luxury and beauty featuring relaxed silhouettes, graphic printing, loose structures and quilted textures.
Fashion is no longer where it used to be and with thanks to progressive fashion houses like Art School we are constantly pushing the boundaries. The London based label’s captivating collection entitled ‘Ascension’, perfectly reflects their approach to inclusive and diverse fashion whilst exploring gender neutral shapes and experimental silhouettes. From leather and denim to lace and linen in a dark colour palette punctuated with pops of strong red and brilliant white, the collection plays on the parallels of versatile style and the freedom of self-expression. Truly materialising their creative vision and inspiring stance in fashion, the show also featured members of the London Trans + community as well as two stars of Rupauls Drag Race UK.