A Recap of London Fashion Week September 2023
London Fashion Week for September 2023 was a blend of nostalgia, innovation, and raw emotion. Here are the key takeaways:
Memorable Moments: Some of the standout moments included the Bond Street tube station being rebranded as Burberry Street, JW Anderson's Spring 2024 collection, Richard Quinn's emotional show finale, and the "Rebel: 30 Years of London Fashion" exhibition.
Emerging Trends: Some of the most talked-about shows included the dreamy draping on gowns at Di Petsa, the blend of skater grunge and Cornish milkmaids at Chopova Lowena, and Priya Ahluwalia's prints inspired by unsung heroes of color.
Established Designers: Jonathan Anderson showcased hoodies and shorts molded from clay, Roksanda presented airy gowns inspired by monastery frescoes, Molly Goddard revealed the internal structures of undergarments, and Erdem's collection drew inspiration from Deborah Cavendish, the Duchess of Devonshire.
Scarlet Woman Trend: A recurring figure on the runways was the "scarlet woman." From feathery skintight latex at Chet Lo to elegant designs at Simone Rocha, the red dress was a dominant trend, signaling a move away from the "quiet luxury" of beige.
Accessories to Watch: Simone Rocha's platform crocs, adorned with chunky crystals and pearls, were a standout. Inspired by artist Cy Twombly's plaster cakes, these accessories, along with handbags, looked almost edible.
Tribute to Richard Quinn's Father: Richard Quinn's show was a heartfelt tribute to his late father. The intricate designs, including crystal droplets and embroidered mesh dresses, were a testament to Quinn's craftsmanship. The emotional finale saw Quinn's mother embrace him, leading to a standing ovation from the audience.
British Vogue's New Leadership: Chioma Nnadi was confirmed as the successor to Edward Enninful at British Vogue. Nnadi, set to become the first black woman to lead the fashion title, will assume the role of head of editorial content.
Unique Set by Matty Bovan: Designer Matty Bovan invited front-row guests backstage for dinner while models prepared for the runway. The setting was the crypt of St. Martin-in-the-Fields church, providing an intimate and unique experience.