In the wake of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II there were suggestions that London Fashion Week would be cancelled altogether, but after a couple of big-name brands pulled out of participation, on opening night the proceedings kicked off to a mournful and respectful show from Daniel W. Fletcher. The star of Netflix’s Next in Fashion series, Fletcher presented his spring-summer 2023 monochromatic collection with an evening show at The Londoner boutique hotel.
It was Day 1 that really turned things up a notch with a packed event calendar. Brazilian-born designer Karoline Vitto’s collection was one of the highlights of the day, with an inclusive runway and models of all shapes and sizes wearing Vitto’s concise pieces. Another moment to remember happened in an underground car park where Edward Crutchely presented a show inspired by Greek mythology, mermaids, and we see some minotaur in there too…
On Day 2, London label Feben’s runway show was an inclusive one as well, presenting a collection of somewhat complex looks full of exquisite surfacing to elevate the intensity of the bright red and black palette. Molly Goddard’s spring-summer 2023 collection was one of glamour with red carpet gowns and tulle in every possible fluorescent shade out there vying for your attention.
Tulle also featured heavily on Day 3 in Simone Rocha’s spring-summer 2023 show, with all the floral motifs that we’ve come to expect from Rocha. David Coma was another big talking point with a burst of colour on the runway without any shying away from the brightest of hues popping with glittery and fluffy accessorising.
The final day saw a lot of emerging talent putting on shows supported by the British Fashion Council, including the likes of Eftychia, Sinéad O’Dwyer, and Chet Lo, as well as Richard Quinn, winner of the BFC fashion fund who closed the week with a catwalk show. It was a bright and vivid affair from designer Chet Lo who channeled his childhood experiences with a colourful collection inspired by buddhism and the art of zen.