London Fashion Week SS22 | British Tradition, Nature Warriors and Sustainability.

 

 

This season, London Fashion Week presented plenty of spectacular collections, which did not only please our eye, but also our environment. Designers implemented numerous sustainable practices and combined them with the art of fashion-making. Collections represented among others British tradition, nature warriors and gender equality. Luxiders brings you the best designers, committed to a more sustainable fashion industry.

 

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CHOPOVA LOWENA

One thing is certain: Chopova Lowena is neither lacking creativity nor inspiration. The Anglo-Bulgarian label combined striped opera gloves with striking socks and garments with smart cuts and exciting patterns. Chopova Lowena manages to gracefully balance between Bulgarian tradition and English vintage textiles. All clothing pieces are hand-sewn and the two founders, Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena, source the deadstock fabrics themselves. We are curious to see what the future holds for Chopova Lowena.

 

 
 
 
 
 

HALPERN

Halpern’s collection shows in the truest sense of the word the art of fashion and how fashion can immerse with other forms of art. Ballet dancers move gracefully through the space while wearing Halpern’s masterpieces: Dresses in form of a cotton ball and made of long, feather-like seeming fabrics are just some of Halpern’s durable creations. Halpern inspires not just through their fashion but also by producing all their textiles in the UK, in order to keep the label’s carbon footprint as low as possible.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ROKSANDA

Roksanda’s collection made of upcycled fabrics from previous collections constitutes bold neon colours and contrasts, which amplifies the sense of self-confidence and self-worth that is conveyed by the models. Their movement represents simultaneously strength, surety, and femininity. We admire the commitment of Serbian designer Roksanda Ilinčić to promote gender equality, by working together with an NGO in Congo to help women there.  

 
 
 
 
 

MATTY BOVAN

This year’s collection by Matty Bovan does not just fit on the runway but also in an art installation. His designs made from recycled fabrics are detailed, layered, full of patterns, mixed and matched and create bodily shapes that most people probably did not think were possible. Models seem like they were teleported into a surreal, graphic world. Their facial expressions and movements seem to be from another planet and render one surprisingly melancholic and thoughtful.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

TEMPERLEY

Temperley’s designs and prints make blend right in with nature. Models seem to be beautiful tribal warriors committed to serving mother nature. Temperley’s fashion does not only seem to be in harmony with nature, it is. The label was awarded for their sustainable practices. Temperley makes sure to implement sustainable practices within the entire supply chain. Besides, almost all their garments are biodegradable, eco-friendly and ensure minimal waste.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

TRENDS 

3D Floral Designs: Everything blooms and flourishes this spring and summer. Numerous designers’ awarded their SS22 collection feel-good vibes through 3D floral designs. Preen showcased a large purple 3D rose, which was implemented into a coat. JW Anderson turned 3D petals into a skirt and Bora Aksu impressed their audience with an elegant red dress, spangled with uncountable blossoms.    

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bouffant Dresses: The bouffant dress with its unmistakable hoop-like skirt has enjoyed popularity in the mid-19th century and re-emerged in the 1930s and 1940s.  This season the bouffant dress has made a come-back.  Molly Goddard presented a bouffant dress, which is see-through around the upper body. Bora Aksu reinterpreted and experimented with the dress in their very own way and Rocha combined the bouffant dress with wide, puffy sleeves and laced boots.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stripes: Even though stripes have been about in the world of fashion for quite some time, designers at the London Fashion Week managed to reinvent the classic by means of dividing garments into two vertical and differently coloured stripes. Richard Malone showcased a trench coat dipped in brown and turquoise, while Palmer Harding designed a midi dress drenched half in black and half in red.

 
 
 
 

 

British Tradition: What would be London Fashion Week without any British tradition? Emilia Wickstead designed a neat costume with a royal flair that take us on a trip through England’s infamous parks and gardens. Lela Rose’s collection constituted dresses, perfect for any afternoon tea occasion and Erdem showcased a classic floral print dress with a matching hat that will certainly draw attention to oneself during a day at the racecourse.    

 
 

   

+  Words:

    Lissy Reichenbach,

    Luxiders Magazine