Trendstop gives our readers a glimpse into London Fashion Week’s Spring Summer 2022 edition.
London hosted Fashion Week for a second year, hosting a showcase featuring the capital’s best collections. Following the digital-dominated fashion week, there were live runways and presentations with audience members. Designers made use of all the physical venues available to them, incorporating culture, art, and movement in an expression of creativity and artistry.
Roksanda Ilic’s first public presentation after lockdown was held in the Serpentine Pavilion. The vividly colored collection was brought to life by dancers rather than models in an immersive performance that showcased the garment’s movement. The billowing, structured, and unstructured dresses were accompanied with corset boning, exaggerated cuffs and hemlines. The sense of drama and creativity was enhanced by brush strokes and loose threads interwoven with layers of organza coated with plasticized coatings.
Saul Nash, the first designer to return to London’s runways, was nostalgic. His menswear collection, Fragment, was inspired by a key feature in his youth: his school uniform. He then gathered the emotions and meanings. Through Nash’s mix of sport, fashionwear, and performance, group identity and customisation was explored. The pieces were detachable and removable and could be reversible. They were adorned with logo-adorned school caps and distortions of travel cards used in inner-city children to reach their lessons.
Richard Malone x Mulberry
Richard Malone was another designer who explored fragments. He used scraps from Mulberry’s leathers, fabrics and other materials to create his collection. Handcrafted, circular, pleated rosette forms, and arm band details were inspired by Malone’s grandmother’s love for all things equestrian. Malone applied the designs to both women’s and men’s wear in his coed show. He wanted to explore the intersection of theatre and the real-life needs his customers.