The recently concluded London Fashion Week A/W 23 was a much awaited event in the high fashion realm and for obvious reasons. Marking the debut of Daniel Lee for Burberry was a collection that signalled the dawn of a new era. Pregnant models were a recurrent sighting at this edition, courtesy Di Petsa and Sinéad O’Dwyer’s inclusive visions. Quinn put his own, ornate spin to bridals and Dilara Findikoglu dissented with the power radiating via her designs.
Keep reading for a low-down on the key events that unfolded at London Fashion Week:
Daniel Lee’s Awaited Debut For Burberry
Listen up folks, it’s Lee’s time to shine at Burberry now. His debut featured a plaid-heavy showcase for the cashmere devotee British brand, utilitarianism and functionality were the core commandments this time. With kilts, coordinating slings and gigantic fur headgear in bright pops of mustard, electric blue and white, the British ‘ness was apparent, as was Lee’s penchant to ace the same.
Dilara Findikoglu Puts On A Fierce Show
The Turkish origin designer’s London Fashion Week lineup was fierce and fuelled with feminist fire, rooted in the aggression stemming from Mahsa Amini’s death in Iran. Questioning the multiple restrictions put on women sartorially or otherwise, her show-stopping knife dress brought home the message and dialled up the drama.
Pregnant Model Hits The Ramp For Di Petsa
Dimitra Petsa’s A/W 23 collection was an ode to Persephone: a Greek goddess who goes on to become the queen of the Underworld. Banking on their USP, Di Petsa did what they do best – almost there naked, wet dresses designed to perfection. A pregnant model sashayed down the runway in a see through purple number and wet locks staying true to the theme. The show also showcased diverse models with different body types making a solid case for representation. Bare minimum, but we love to see it.
JW Anderson’s Graphic Namedropping
Dubbed a nostalgia-infused dream, Anderson’s latest outing was a thorough throwback. One characterised by a refurbishing of his ever-evolving sensibilities in tandem with Britain’s counter-culture. With muted solids reigning supreme in the lineup alongside a heavy dosage of anti-fit tailoring, it was the Tesco and God’s Disco printed ensembles that stole the spotlight. Brownie points for the texture exploration and oversized shoulder detailing.
Richard Quinn’s Vision For The Performative Bride
With models looking fresh out of a posh manor embroiled in the preparations of a wedding, this Victorian-inspired visual treat was off-beat bridal couture at its finest. While florals and peplums dominated the collection, the latex gloves (a Quinn classic) lent an idiosyncratic spin with its old-school allure. Lingerie-inspired silhouettes, elaborately beaded dresses, gaudy trench coats, you name it, everything’s included. Even flower bouquets.
Indian Jewellery Label Renu Oberoi Collaborates With Atelier Zuhra
Spotlight on Indian luxury brand Renu Oberoi who collaborated with UAE-based couture label Atelier Zuhra as their exclusive jewellery partner at London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2023. Revered for their use of polychromy when crafting their gemstone pieces, their collection for the show was inspired by blossoming flowers which was a subtle nod to Zuhra’s theme for their lineup: ‘Lily of the Valley.’
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