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LFW round-up: Catwalk essentials

London was the place for innovative designers to bring a sense of what the future holds. At this London Fashion Week edition, labels invoked a joyful sensibility to heal from the economic and emotional turmoil.

Many designers opted to showcase their collections with lookbooks, and those who went for physical catwalks counted on none or a few spectators.

Many collections had an extravagant mood. It brought to life a sense of hope and escapism, which felt like glimpsing into an imaginative universe. The bold colors and romantic dresses were living proof of this new take on fashion, while cut-outs brought a more youthful atmosphere.



Bold colors

Vivacious hues appeared as a contrast to the soothing colors that have become popular during the pandemic. These colors will be crucial for statement items, as extravagant escapism becomes a key direction for the season. Powerful greens were the choice to reproduce a sense of natural escapism.

Images: Lupe Gajardo; Molly Goddard; Fyodor Golan


Cutouts

Cut-outs led the way at LFW, giving a fresh twist to simple shapes. Layered sheers and ruched details brought creativity, while relaxed and fresh materials enhanced a summerly feel. This direction is key to elevate sensuality and embrace femininity with an edgy spin.

Images: Fashion East; Huishan Zhang; Victoria Beckham


Romantic dresses

Ultra-feminine dresses prevailed, invoking a delicate yet dramatic feel. Soft ruffles in tulle or organza offered originality, while florals gave a commercial take. Full-volume shapes were crucial to the aesthetic.

Images: Erdem; Simone Rocha; Molly Goddard