Best moments and looks from London Fashion Week


After a truly historic week, London Fashion Week ended with a fitting tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. Richard Quinn dedicated his entire show to the monarchs’ mourning dresses.

The first 18 looks sent down the runway were all black widow weed, adorned with feathers and jewelry and draped in heavy lace veils. Beautiful and moving, it seemed fitting that the first-ever recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Fashion Award in 2018 should now pay such a tribute to the death of the monarch, who sat front row at his first show.

Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the top looks from London Fashion Week

Amid the sad looks, Quinn also showed his love of color and pattern with brightly shaped mini dresses that sat high around the ears and were paired with either thick tights or long boots. Wild, modern and determined, they too nodded to the colorful outfits the queen was so famous for.

At one point it looked like London Fashion Week would not take place at all following the Queen’s death, but the event went ahead, albeit largely scaled back. Designers had the presence of mind to offer collections that managed to carefully navigate respect and the raw, festive fashion that London is so adept at.

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Earlier this week, Harris Reed delivered a collection that shows exactly why he’s the darling of the fashion world. Featuring an appearance from Adam Lambert, who sings as part of a collaboration with rock band Queen, Reed’s show channeled old-school glamor, mixing exaggerated shoulders, form-fitting dresses with mermaid hems and huge hats lowered under one eye.

Harris Reed's collection exuded old-school glamour.  Photo: Harris Reed

Over at Edward Crutchley, a sea-themed show unfolded as metallic fabric formed rounded shapes around the body, culminating in a tiered gown in shimmering tones of vert de gris and seashell pink. And thanks to the platform sandals worn underneath, it took on a towering Poseidon-esque quality.

Bringing his trademark subversive humor to the negotiations, JW Anderson sent an inverted sweater as the dress, the metal hanger now around the model’s neck. Then came otherworldly forms like a silver shift dress that arched around the hips.

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JW Anderson sent a reversed sweater as the dress with the hanger around the model's neck.  Photo: JW Anderson

Christopher Kane also explored a new direction, exploring anatomical drawings that were then spread across looks.

Over at Simone Rocha’s – who chose the Old Bailey as her venue – menswear was offered for the first time in a show so gorgeous it got a standing ovation. The blending of parachute fabrics, webbing, and mesh layers as the veil was lush and absolutely delicious. The show was full of looks accompanied by veils.

Simone Rocha mixed military elements like parachute fabrics and flight jackets with flowers and veils.  Photo: Simone Rocha

Erdem also pulled out all the stops and put on a show that, like all of Erdem’s best collections, felt like tripping over the world’s largest dress-up box, filled with corsets, huge skirts and fragile chiffon. He delivered exquisitely feminine dresses made from fabrics with a retro feel, as if cut from the world’s most beautiful curtains. With dresses assembled from halves of different fabrics, everything was indescribably beautiful.

A full skirt look with embroidery and a veil at Erdem.  Photo: Erdem

On the streets of Shoreditch, meanwhile, David Koma staged his latest round of high-profile looks, with floor-length skirts cut away from one leg and dresses that stayed fitted. Best of all were the numerous thigh length boots, in orange, blue and a glittering iridescence that are sure to be seen on celebrities soon.

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Molly Goddard delivered a stunning show in bright rainbow hues and ruffles for days, culminating in a ball gown that appeared to be made of nothing but ruched mesh, while the duo unveiled their first catwalk show in Chopova Lowena. Famed for her skirts embellished with carabiners, her debut was full of colour, pattern and youthful energy.

Halpern opened his show at the Royal Exchange with a cornflower blue headscarf knotted under his chin and a huge, sheer cape that billowed regally. Definitely a nod to the Queen, it felt a little off-kilter with the Studio 54 sequined 1970s looks that followed.

A model presents a creation for British fashion house Halpern.  AFP

Visual and dynamic, the glamor showcased herself in tight, skin-tight dresses and flared pants with mismatched legs before transitioning into a Barbie-themed segment, complete with huge, flicked wigs. The final look that brought these rather disparate elements together was another headscarf and cape combo, this time in sheer retro babydoll black.

Paul & Joe also used a headscarf tied under the chin in a nod to the Queen, now in red gingham.

Updated September 21, 2022 at 12:00 p.m





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