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AW22 LONDON FASHION WEEK

Here are the British names that showed their AW22 collections this week.

Roksanda x Fila
Roksanda x Fila

It’s that time of the year once more. After a week filled with star-studded parties and shows that played host to some of the most coveted names in fashion, we present you with our standout shows from the AW22 London Fashion Week.

With multiple storms providing harsh climates for the fashion-conscious attendees to battle, it was fair to say that the odds were not in the favour of those trying to feast on the newest collections of the UK’s leading designers. Nevertheless, masses of eager influencers, stylists, celebrities and editors flocked to settings including Tate Britain and the Brixton Recreation Center to celebrate the likes of Richard Quinn, ROKSANDA, Nensi Dojaka and more. And, what a celebration it was.

Head below to enjoy our London Fashion Week round-up…

Halpern

HALPERN lime green dress
HALPERN pink fringe
HALPERN
HALPERN lime green dress
HALPERN pink fringe
HALPERN

One place I didn’t expect to find myself this Fashion Week was at Brixton’s Recreation Centre, but, thanks to Halpern, it is where I ended up. And, while you may think this an odd place to debut a semi-couture collection filled with some of the most sequin and glamour-laden cuts of the season, designer Michael Halpern had a method to his seeming madness. With the essence of community, both the fashion world’s and Brixton’s, hanging in the air, a poetic juxtaposition between setting and clothing prevailed, making each hooded lime sequin gown and thick, neon-souled platform heel seem all the more glamorous, yet much more attainable. And, with the Borough of Lambeth not being able to afford to provide power to the Recreation Centre, the designer took it upon himself to provide this and leave it for the centre to enjoy. Clearly, clothes were not the only thing on Halpern’s mind this season, and for that, we are thoroughly impressed.

Nensi Dojaka

NENSI DOJAKA
NENSI DOJAKA BTS

Photography by Verity Smiley-Jones

NENSI DOJAKA
Photography by Verity Smiley-Jones
NENSI DOJAKA BTS

Now, when it comes to celebrity-favourite and femininity-centric Nensi Dojaka, the mind instantly travels to the scenes of Dua Lipa and Zendaya donning those barley-there, stringy uber-mini dresses. And, while her take on the art of sexiness in the modern day has catapulted her to the helm of the fashion sphere, we’d be lying if we said that we weren’t hoping for a dash of variety this season, purely in the hopes of avoiding the over-wearing curse that has plagued Mugler and, most recently, that Miu Miu set. But, to the delight of those dotted along the front row, variety was what we got. With sequin trousers, fuzzy velvet textures and cropped puffer jackets making their way down the runway, it is safe to say that Nensi’s AW22 show signified a shift for the designer, and we can’t wait to see what she will do next. Also, seeing a pregnant Maggie Maurer debut her baby bump on the runway was a standout moment from the week, naturally.

Daniel w. Fletcher

Daniel Fletcher
Daniel Fletcher scarf
Daniel Fletcher
Photography by Verity Smiley-Jones
Daniel Fletcher scarf

For his AW22 collection, London-based Daniel w. Fletcher paid tribute to his late father in a collection filled with preppy cuts. With stripped boxer-esque shots and two-piece suits meeting pinafore-like dresses, a quintessentially and deliciously British collection presented itself. And, who better to create the collection’s scarves than the most celebrated knitter of 2021, Tom Daley? Watching his striped accessories parade down the runway from the front row was a touching dimension to the affair.

Roksanda

Roksanda
Roksanda x Fila
Roksanda
Photography by Verity Smiley-Jones
Roksanda x Fila

‘What was your favourite show?’ I hear you cry. Well, to my surprise, it was Roksanda. Set underneath the ornate concrete arches of Tate Britain, viewers were captivated even before the show began as a geometric art installation dreamed up by Eva Rothschild took centre stage. With a front-row littered with the likes of Anna Wintour herself and the unveiling of an exaggerated, puffer-filled collaboration with FILA, akin to those giant jacket memes we are all obsessed with, and billowing princess-like gowns decorated with a rainbow of colours, it became clear that Roksanda didn’t come to play this season.

Supriya Lele

Supriya LeLe
Supriya LeLe - coat
Supriya LeLe - Paloma

Photography by Chris Yates

Supriya LeLe
Photography by Chris Yates
Supriya LeLe - coat
Supriya LeLe - Paloma

West Midlands’ Supriya Lele graced LFW’s roster once more this season, and this time around, the designer was paying homage to the female form. With her infamous sheer bandaged cuts weaving themselves around every crevice of the models, each body type was celebrated and enhanced by a vibrant colour palette featuring sunshine yellow and grey-meets-navy hues. With storm-appropriate high neck trench coats also presenting themselves, a timely reference to the treacherous climate fashion week attendees were battling emerged, we might add, the collection found a balance between the sexy and the practical, resulting in the perfect wardrobe for the London lady.

David Koma

David Koma socks
David Koma

Photography by Verity Smiley-Jones

David Koma socks
Photography by Verity Smiley-Jones
David Koma

Koma’s AW22 collection was sporty-chic, to say the least! Inspired by 1920s female footballing legend Lily Parr, the catwalk held host to an array of diamond-adorned sporting staples. Models supported David Koma FC football shirts matched with socks pulled above the knee. A black and grey rugby shirt featuring a detailed diamond rose was teamed up with a diamond-encrusted scrum cap and shin pads. Never one to play by the rules, Koma pairs biker gloves with ball gowns, football shorts with stilettos.

Ahluwalia

Ahluwalia
Ahluwalia - Neelam
Ahluwalia
Photography by Verity Smiley-Jones
Ahluwalia - Neelam

For her debut LFW display, Ahluwalia combined both her Nigerian and Indian heritage for a Bollywood meets Nollywood experience. Poster prints of films found in local London DVD shops lent themselves to denim two-pieces and bowling shirts, ensuring that the designer’s rich heritage was evident in every piece. The brand’s signature wave snakes its way down subtly-checked-deep-navy trouser suits, contrasting with the warmth of burnt orange on the other side, conveying a sense of two-toned identity. With benches overflowing with eager onlookers, and the show standing as a display of the designer’s first full womenswear as well as celebratory diversity done right, it became a show sure to be penned in the fashion history books.

Kaushik Velendra

Kaushik Velendra
Kaushik Velendra gold outfit
Kaushik Velendra
Photography by Verity Smiley-Jones
Kaushik Velendra gold outfit

Another newcomer to the Fashion Week’s schedule was Kaushik Velendra, and his AW22 collection did not disappoint. Giving us a flash of those all too well known ornate shoulder plates, the designer ensured that his original codes were evident on the surface. But, with diversity on the brain, we were treated to everything from ornate French embroidered to a bold display of the wonders of Indian craftsmanship, proving that a global idea of style was being referenced. Taking steps to revolutionise modern menswear, Kaushik is one to watch.

AW22 LONDON FASHION WEEK

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