London Fashion Week is officially back in its physical form after an 18 month hiatus and the excitement is real. This means lots of IRL runway shows and presentations for the SS22 collections from designers including Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, RIXO, Bora Aksu, Simone Rocha, Erdem and more.
Some of the designs also show their new designs on the digital space, so I’ll share the best ones with you here as well. In the meantime, here’s a snapshot of what’s happened so far during London Fashion Week, which runs from Friday, September 17 to Tuesday, September 21.
Erdem (main photo)
Erdem’s SS22 collection is a love letter to the quirky soul of London, told in a dance between two extraordinary and timeless women: Edith Sitwell and Ottoline Morrell. Together they embody the fiery spirit of the city, which is an endless source of inspiration for me. Sitwell and Morrell were enigmatic characters who lived on the periphery between myth and reality. The atmosphere is one of wistful glamor and elegant indifference, reflecting the personalities of our protagonists. An earthy purity of textiles – waxed cotton, raw and milled linen – is exalted with cinched tailoring and a variety of embellishments. Hand-stitched crystal beads add opulence to a raw linen dress and pencil skirt. A finely milled linen dress, neatly gathered at the waist and neckline, is softened with a re-embroidered lace motif.
Richard Malone and Mulberry
In the V&A, amid Renaissance treasures the Raphael Cartoons, Richard Malone unveils his latest collection. The juxtaposition of old and new sets the stage for a collection that explores the tension between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ taste and the comfort we find in creativity. In it Malone makes a pertinent statement about the subjectivity of art and the emotion that every viewer, or wearer, brings to something. We project our own meanings, stories and histories.
This collection also marks the launch of a new limited-edition collaboration with British luxury brand Mulberry. The collaboration is the latest Mulberry Editions collection to be launched during the brand’s 50th anniversary year.
Combining its own distinct design language with Mulberry’s heritage, Malone reinterprets the brand’s Bayswater and Darley bags, complemented by a range of small accessories.
After more than a year on standby, Royal Opera House dancers perform Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet in front of a live audience, dressed in SS22 Halpern. The collection highlights the ballet company’s extraordinary discipline and determination during the lockdown period, and their joy at performing again.
More is more when it comes to Alice Temperley’s SS22 collection. Numerous elements inspire the collection: the pattern and decoration movement of the 1970s, the glamor of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile collages with girlish cross-stitch motifs; Greenhouse palms intersect with Moroccan mosaics.
The climate activist and fashion designer rediscovered looks from the summer 98 collection for this SS22 drop, recycling and reusing fabrics.
Scroll down for some of our favorite London Fashion Week SS22 looks.