A melting pot of both emerging and established talent, London is often looked to as the most experimental of the bunch. From up-and-comers like 16Arlington, to stalwarts like Preen and Simone Rocha, there was once again no shortage of creativity. Although grandiose spectacles were kept to a minimum this season — in favour of designer’s sticking to a succinct vision of what they know, and do, best.
Read on to discover five trends spotted both on and off the runway at London Fashion Week AW22.
1. Gimmie more
From butterflies to coloured hair mascara, there really is no escaping early 2000s style right now. Iterations in London paid homage to the princesses of pop, think J.Lo, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
2. Bright sparks
Highlighter brights popped up on the streets — and what better antidote to London’s often grey weather than a joyous hue? Not to mention surprisingly wearable when paired with practical pieces like blazers, t-shirts and cargo pants.
3. Twisted fantasy
British designers have long been known for their subversive take on femininity. Hard and soft were at it once again this season: leather clashed with taffeta, florals layered over latex, and ghostly lace all made an appearance.
4. Cut and paste
It seems bonnets were on the brain for LFW attendees — from knitted to puffy, headgear was the accessory du jour for staying cosy and keeping the drizzle at bay.
5. Take a trip
Buzzy prints that conjure up visions of time travel and sci-fi films kept cropping up — 3D glasses not necessary. Graphic looks were sent down the runway in streamlined silhouettes with ladylike touches.