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London Fashion Week S/S 22 Highlights

After two seasons with the majority of presentations via digital media, London Fashion Week's S/S 22 made a majestic return to in-person shows. With 130 designers presenting their creations in style, the fashion week endorsed the so-called "dopamine fashion": lush pieces, flashy colors, textured finishes and sumptuous details. The season brought back sex appeal, with strategic cuts and a lot of #dresstoimpress.


An ode to the desire to get dressed for special occasions.


(Don't miss our post on NYFW highlights either. Click here to see it! And remember: START by WGSN subscribers have access to exclusive 20-page e-books with runway summaries.)



Freedom

Experimentalism is a hallmark of London and, after long periods of restrictions due to the pandemic, it seems to have gained momentum.


Most designers seemed to feel freer than ever, for fashion and art collide in their creations. And, speaking of the British capital, it's impossible not to think about multiculturalism and, consequently, a profusion of references, colors and style elements, all at the same time.



We've selected three trends straight from the London Fashion Week runways to inspire your creations.

Check them out:



1) ARTSY MOOD

Experimentalism – typical of the young, avant-garde Londoners – gained momentum after periods of restrictions. Creativity gains breath in this place of escapism, where the crossover between fashion and art presents a form of subjective expression.





In terms of style: from splashes à la Pollock through structured pieces that are almost sculptural, to artsy watercolor and ultra-colored prints.



Don't miss: Halpern, Paul & Joe, Richard Malone, Bethany Williams, Matty Bovan, Pronounce, Roksanda



2) LONG LIVE THE CORSET

Corsets, often accompanied by long sleeves and striking ruffles, ensure a striking Victorian silhouette – sometimes with a historic feel, sometimes with a super modern vibe. The waistline emerges as the current erogenous zone, so pencil skirts or extended waistbands from bust to hip create a subtle effect similar to the corset.




Don't miss: Vivienne Westwood, Preen By Thornton Bregazzi, Aadnevik, KNWLS, Lula Laora, Edward Crutchley, Richard Quinn, Yuhan Wang


(Images: WGSN.com)



3) NEON FRESHNESS

Perfect for monochromatic looks or even strategic and updated combinations with warm and timeless neutrals, vibrant and lively tones put apparel in the spotlight for an optimistic, pulsating and, of course, Instagramable summer.



Don't miss: David Koma, Roksanda, Richard Quinn, Molly Goddard, Eudon Choi, Erdem, Emilia Wickstead, Saul Nash, Bora Aksu




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