Another season of London Fashion Week is in full swing, but not as we know it. Whereas last season it was a mix of digital and physical shows, this February, for obvious reasons, it’s gone fully digital.
But that doesn’t mean designers let it dampen their creative spirit, au contraire. The likes of Molly Goddard, Bora Aksu and 16ARLINGTON have pulled it out of the bag for their dazzling aw21 collections.
Here’s a look at what’s happened so far.
Bora Aksu kicked off LFW in style, transporting us to Revolutionary France amid the tumultuous landscape of upheaval, war and isolation presenting a collection inspired by peerless life and achievements of mathematician and physicist Sophie Germain (pictured above). The same world that inspired the cries of “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité ou la Mort” also allowed the blossoming of one of the modern era’s most sublime and often overlooked thinkers.
The designer said, ‘Despite the 200 years between us, I felt an immediate kinship with Sophie. The isolation and uncertainty of the last year has caused me to search for new sources of hope and creativity. Sophie’s own isolation allowed her to find the ideas that would drive her for the rest of her life. In that way she has shown me that even in the bleakest of times, there is always hope, if one choose to seek it.’
Always trust Molly Goddard to created instant mood-boosting, joyful dresses. Bright layers of tulle and bows, knits in neon colours and tartan galore made us excited for autumn dressing.
Creative duo Marco Capaldo and Kikka Cavenati were inspired by the work of artist Hubert Durprat this season, who is known for his ‘Caddis’ collection, in which Caddisfly larvae are captured furnishing protective cocoons from gold leaf, opals, coral and diamonds.
The AW21 collection explored this nothing with 16Arlington’s signature ostrich feathers captured under delicate netting in the form of belted overcoats and strapless, cinched evening dresses, like a butterfly in a bell jar. Crystals, brocades and fiery tones of red and orange further illustrated this.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Preen also presented its collection via a short film this season, inspired by the maddening effect of lockdown. The label’s signature floral designs were set against a backdrop of an isolated country home.
Scroll down for some of our favourite looks from all the other presentations too.
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