It might not be the frenetic, fast-paced weekend of years past, but over the last few days, London Fashion Week spring/summer 2021 has taken place through a series of virtual events and small in-person press previews.
Leaving behind the spectacle, the hoards of attendees, and the street style circus we've grown accustomed to, this new take on fashion week has acted as a reminder of what the event is truly about: the clothes. From Burberry to Victoria Beckham, Molly Goddard to Simone Rocha, British brands proudly displayed their latest work, proving that innovation persists even through uncertain times.
For some brands, we saw a heightened importance placed on the concept of escapism, with designers creating collections filled with bright, cheerful prints and whimsical silhouettes. Elsewhere, we saw practicality reign with garments sure to stay in your closet for seasons to come. And of course, it wouldn't be LFW without a few reimagined Burberry trench coats. Keep scrolling for an overview of the looks we loved so far from London Fashion Week.
Appropriately named In Bloom, Burberry's S/S 21 runway took place without an audience in a forest outside London and celebrated the concept of "regrowth, renewal, the circle of life," designer Riccardo Tisci explained. The collection featured reimagined versions of the brand's signature trench alongside elevated denim, crystal-embellished pieces, and printed graphics of an ocean motif.
A celebration of refined simplicity, Emilia Wickstead's S/S 21 collection embodied everything we've come to love about the designer. It featured flattering monochrome dresses in shades of red, yellow, and beige as well as beautifully tailored separates, printed pieces, and of-the-moment statement collars.
Inspired by Susan Sontag's novel The Volcano Lover, Erdem's collection featured the romanticism that's become a hallmark of the designer's aesthetic. Floral dresses and jacquard prints were accented with bow detailing, opera gloves, drop earrings, and headbands.
While formal dresses were on the agenda at Halpern, designer Michael Halpern "didn’t design this collection with cocktail parties or ballrooms in mind." As he explained, it was "purely from the desire to capture in dressmaking the individuality embodied by savoir faire and the joy it brings to those who wear it."
As an antidote to the nature of the last few months, Molly Goddard purposefully infused her collection with vibrant, smile-inducing shades. From neon pink to bright green, the collection features clashing colours and the designer's signature silhouettes alongside statement accessories.
Channeling her affinity for all things pearl, Simone Rocha's recent collection contained the signature detail across clothing, jewellery, and accessories. With a focus on the female form, Rocha's reimagined silhouettes feature puff sleeves and full skirts to highlight the hips.
Featuring Victoria Beckham's signature sleek aesthetic, the S/S 21 collection is a celebration of freedom. Dresses have keyhole cutouts, while tailored separates are classic VB investment pieces.
Inspired by sea life, shells, and mermaids, Rixo's new S/S 21 collection, Ariel, brings together joyful colours and playful prints in many of the brand's signature, much-loved silhouettes.
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