London Fashion Week is a clothing trade show which takes place twice a year. It is one of the ‘Big Four’ fashion weeks and attracts influential retailers and media. It is a unique opportunity for consumers to see the latest collections from leading designers and brands. Over 250 designers present their latest collections to a global audience during the two-week event.
In a fitting tribute to the Queen, Erdem’s collection at London Fashion Week was named after the famous epigraph, “Grief is the price we pay for love.” Queen Elizabeth II uttered the words after the terrorist attacks of September 11. Erdem’s newest collection looked back at history and incorporated historical references into his designs. Among his standout looks were black faille corset dresses adorned with remnant embroidery from the 18th century, sequined boas, and sequins.
Erdem has been dubbed the ‘British Christian Lacroix,’ but he prefers to go by his first name. Born in Montreal, Canada, Moralioglu grew up in Canada and was educated by a Turkish mother and an English father. He attended the Royal College of Art in London and received his master’s degree in 2003. Later, he worked at the design studios of Diane von Furstenberg in New York before launching his ready-to-wear label.
Fashion designer Erdem has consistently asserted that fashion mirrors world events. Pioneering Weimar artists inspired her Fall 2022 collection, and her London Fashion Week show was held on February 21, three days before Russia invaded Ukraine. This momentous moment for the London fashion community, as it was one of the few fashions shows to address the existential threat of authoritarianism directly.
Erdem’s collection has made the brand one of the most talked-about shows during London Fashion Week. The spring Summer 2023 Womenswear Collection celebrates the art of restoration and the knowledge and skill required to do it. The collection is inclusive and accessible in sizes 6-22.
Jonathan Anderson’s goldfish-in-a-bag dress
Jonathan Anderson’s London homecoming was a surreal event, held in the neon-hued Las Vegas Arcade in Soho. The cast included heavy hitters such as Emily Ratajkowski and Ella Emhoff and featured various playful pieces. One standout piece was the metallic mirror dress.
JW Anderson, an English fashion designer, is known for his bold, distinctive style. His show at London Fashion Week included a goldfish-in-a-bag dress, a romper suit with a dolphin print, and a dress with oversized computer keys. Known for his unique approach to fashion, Anderson’s collection features an eclectic mix of shapes and fabrics that take inspiration from everyday life.
Anderson’s S/S ’23 show at London Fashion Week was highly conceptual. His clothing featured screen-saver images, which are images of nature found online. His mirror orb dress reflected a room full of cell phones, and a goldfish-in-a-bag dress was an allusion to digital surveillance and was inspired by a prize won at a video arcade.
A plastic bag was inspired by a goldfish from the JW Anderson SS23 show. The model wore the goldfish-in-a-bag dress to the BFI London Film Festival premiere of My Policeman. It featured a goldfish in a bag print on the front and tied on the side.
Hari Nef’s shark fin T-shirt
Hari Nef is an acclaimed model and actress. She has modeled for Inez & Vinoodh and Eckhaus Latta and graced Elle UK’s cover. Her focus now lies on acting. She is back in New York for her Off-Broadway show, “Daddy,” and is known for appearing in television shows like “Transparent” and “You.”
Fashion feels it follows the lives of some of the most notable fashion personalities. In a recent issue of Love magazine, Nef and model Kaia Gerber were the cover stars. The magazine is a collaboration between the two, and the two collaborated on the cover. While Nef was the face of the show, she had the benefit of Kendall Jenner’s photography.
Hussein Chalayan’s debut show
Hussein Chalayan is a designer who hails from Texas. He studied at Central St Martins College of Art and Design before training as an apprentice with a Savile Row tailor. In 1993, Chalayan debuted a collection that set him apart as one of fashion’s most exciting new names. His collection featured buried garments and was inspired by his surroundings.
The Moorish style influences the sculptural garments and fabrics used in Chalayan’s debut collection. They feature light green prints, Moorish weaves, and jacquard patterns. The designer has made his menswear capsule collection into a wardrobe staple, similar to the demi-couture series from Vionnet.
The show also had a theatrical finale. The models were all ages, which made the collection distinctly diverse. Even the show’s name evoked a sense of diversity. The audience seemed to enjoy the show’s emphasis on diversity. The show was an essential event for the London Fashion Week calendar.
Despite being young, London Fashion Week continues to attract industry icons from around the world. The influence of London Fashion Week has increased even more in the digital age. This is because London is one of the first fashion weeks to embrace live streaming.
Halpern’s debut show
Michael Halpern is a London-based designer. His label is synonymous with unabashed glamour and reimagined embellishment. His creations are hyper-feline with nods to classical couture. His eponymous line debuted at London Fashion Week last season, earning high praise from fashion insiders.
His debut show at London Fashion Week came at an appropriate time. The show celebrated British monarchy, and Halpern paid tribute to the Queen in a floor-trailing cape with a mint gown. The show occurred in the Royal Exchange building in London, where Halpern is a native.
Halpern’s collection was immediately bought by leading international retailers, and it is now sold at over 30 top retailers. Halpern has been named one of The Businesses of Fashion’s BOF 500 and recognized as an Emerging Talent at the British Fashion Council. He has since established himself as one of London’s most popular evening-wear designers. His designs have been worn by celebrities such as Amal Clooney, Diane Kruger, and Lupita Nyong’o.
The show started with black lace and silk, featuring intricately embroidered veils and beaded crowns on the front and back. Some pieces were tied with silk scarves worn under the chin. Later, feathers were added to the silhouettes. The collection had a romantic theme and a storyline woven throughout.
S.S. Daley’s spring/summer 2023 collection
Inspired by the love letters of Victorian authors Vita Sackville-West and Violet Trefusis, the spring/summer 2023 collection from British fashion label SS Daley was inspired by the romantic life of these two women. The collection was full of theatrical details and sartorial folly and had an air of historical resonance.
The designer’s spring/summer 2023 collection debuted during London Fashion Week. Models included Raven Smith, Lauren Lyle, and Callum Scott Howells. The show was attended by celebrities such as Dan Levy, Lauren Lyle, and Ella Worsel.
The collection featured a variety of looks that were easy to style. Fans of the brand’s signature slip dresses would appreciate the sequin-covered evening gowns and sequined bras. The collection also included new rave goggles and tinsel boots.
This spring/summer 2023 collection at London fashion week came amid a period of mourning for the death of the monarch Queen Elizabeth II. The British Fashion Council created a station at the show where showgoers could write letters in the monarch’s memory. Some designers even included tributes to the Queen on the runway.