Nothing can stop fashion as shown via the creativity and innovation at London Fashion Week AW21. From cultural exploration to experimental presentations, LFW really showcased the talent of the designers. With the current situation of the pandemic trudging on, it has been interesting to see how designers are working and the fruits of their labour. Below are the standout collections:
African jewellery has always interested me, especially with my Ugandan heritage. I enjoy seeing Black artists showcase their creativity and culture on the world stage. Sharon Wendo has done just that, crafting a vibrant collection that pays homage to different African cultures.
Seasoned designer – Paul Costelloe developed a collection reminiscent of the 60s and 70s, that manages to strike boldly with a contemporary edge and playful flare. Fabric designs in high-quality tweeds and silk organza that are sourced from Austria and France highlights and adds to the vintage styling of the collection.
The glamorous rough and tumble rock-star chic of designing couple – Marco Capaldo and Federica Cavenati’s AW21 collection caught my attention. From feathers and leather to glitter, decadent embellishments and fabrics are a staple of this AW21 collection.
This brand not only has incredible pieces, but has managed to set the bar with their visual presentation of them. In a time of uncertainty, this presentation explores time and the curiosity that surrounds it. The hallmark statement pieces presented in such a visually stunning way, radiate an ethereal aura.
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As a lover of all things maximalist, the hats Stephen Jones designed for his collection are stand-out with their unapologetic flamboyance. Each hat is delicately constructed and inspired by the romance of France.
The spirit of Simone Rocha’s collection is without a doubt wildly playful and showcases an eclectic selection of garments. The usage of layering with fabrics has created powerful and fun silhouettes that are skillfully constructed.
Gayeon Lee’s AW21 collection plays with inventive silhouettes and shapes, from draped collars and oversized jackets to puffy sleeves and dresses with drawstring detailing. Inspired by Henry Matisse, the collection sports bold graphic prints that make a callback to the 60s.
It’s only natural for fashion and art to coincide, but MAXXIJ has explored this creative marriage in a unique way. Distressed fabrics and unorthodox silhouettes underpin the fearless spirit of the garments, challenging the idea of fashion, art and where to draw the lines between them. The expressive construction is undoubtedly a highlight for me, driving home brand motto: “act of wearing fashion itself could be an act of art”.
Misa Harada’s AW21 collection sports a whimsical, classic elegance that has a timeless flair. Traditional elements such as bows and Harada’s signature silhouettes are combined with an abstract twist. The collection – aptly named – ‘Wonderland’, draws inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, featuring key representative elements such as colours to represent Alice, the Queen of Hearts and tweeds for the Mad Hatter.
The unique and fun collection tells a tale of how people of different generations wore their clothes. From prom style dresses to formal, classic tweeds, the garments are designed with a cross-generational allure in mind: this is shown through the diversity of the collection. The recognisable pieces have an added rebellious finesse that creates a contemporary spirit.
Overall, LFW AW21 has reflected the artistry and diversity of the designers involved. What I’d noticed this season was that many collections had a real sense of freedom, of fun and of experimentality. Something that reflects an escapism from the current situation all are experiencing. From seasoned designers to newcomers, all the efforts this season were simply incredible.
words by louise worthington
fashion editor – charis crawford corri
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