After a vibrant Fashion Week in New York, all eyes turned to London, where the shows kicked off on September 15 with Vogue World showcase and wrapped up on the 19th. For five days the iconic Somerset House and The Strand became home to some of the biggest and most talented designers. The presentations were all around London, turning the entire city into one grand fashion stage. Arguably, the most anticipated shows were by Jonathan Anderson, who once again proved that his creativity knows no bounds, and of course, Burberry. Scroll down to dive into these and other standout shows from LFW SS24!
JW Anderson has done it again, impressing us with innovative designs! Known for his distinct silhouettes and intriguing concepts, the Irish designer continued his tradition with the SS24 collection. It all began with a unique invitation – a block of modeling clay, which was gifted to attendees. Moments later, the playful but very unconventional material took center stage on the runway, being molded into sculptured hoodies and humorous shorts exaggerated in proportion. Standout pieces included trash bag-like plastic sets, oversized bombers adorned with explosions of feathers and naive crochet-style dresses.
Mowalola Ogunlesi’s fourth drop titled “Crash” was inspired by her first-ever viewing of Davind Cronenberg’s 1996 erotic thriller of the same name. The designer found herself intrigued by the film's exploration of the fetishization of pain through crashes, which became the central theme of her collection. The clothes were deliberately dirtied, and the makeup on the models was designed to resemble bruises and scars. The runway was filled with smudged trousers, micro skirts, obscene anime-inspired graphics and twinning looks. Sitting in the front row was none other than Ye and his partner Bianca Censori. The rapper's yet-to-be-released song was a soundtrack for the show.
Titled “Reflection of Venus”, Di Petsa's immersive presentation delved into themes of femininity, healing and finding self-love. Kicking off the show was a striking portrayal of the birth of Venus, with a semi-nude model at its center, surrounded by a group of dancers in white – evoking the image of sea waves. Among them was the designer herself, Dimitra Petsa. The Spring/Summer '24 collection continued the brand’s commitment to size inclusivity and featured signature "wet" dresses, this time reimagined as two-piece sets. Di Petsa also introduced sea-foam inspired knitted dresses made from cotton offcuts and teased new prints.
For their SS24, designers Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena-Irons used a blend of aesthetics with elements that include gothic underpinnings, references to streetwear and folklore. To showcase their new collection, the duo took their audience to a concrete skatepark under the Westway in West London. The sound of passing trains added an authentic urban vibe to the presentation. Graffiti-covered zip-up hoodies, baggy jeans, bold leather jackets with metallic decor, angel-printed tees with intricate lacework, signature pleated kilts, dresses with historical paintings reminiscent of textile tapestry - the collection was indeed a "lovely mess," a term that both designers playfully used to describe it. And wait, did we mention? Chopova Lowena also introduced handbags and shoes for the first time, items that are sure to land onto every fashionista's wishlist.
Simone Rocha unveiled her SS24 romantic collection in the intimate setting of the English National Ballet's rehearsal space. Dubbed “The Dress Rehearsal”, the collection featured technical parkas, trenches, ethereal dresses with roses staffed between layers of sheer tulle and fabric, formal shirting with oversized ribbons, lace-trimmed biker jackets in metallics, and pearl-embellished suiting. The designer also introduced cake-shaped bags influenced by Cy Twombly cake sculptures, and debuted her first collaboration with Crocs, putting her unique spin on the iconic chunky shoes by sprinkling them with rhinestones and pearls.
“There Is No Such Thing As A Bad Coincidence” - the title of 16 Arlington’s new drop. Marco Capaldo’s new collection took cues from David Lynch's 90s surrealist neo-noir “Lost Highway.” But it wasn't just the film that captivated the designer, it was a mesmerizing blend of dreams and reality. In the SS24 collection, Capaldo skillfully weaves together elements of fantasy and illusion. The pieces seamlessly flow from daytime sophistication to evening glamour, featuring sleek cocktail dresses, nonchalantly undone "Wall Street banker" shirts, blazers and trenches with convex shoulders, and oversized bags. Standout pieces? The shimmering metal sequin skirt and latex dress with feather print in scarlet – the color that's making waves in both the current and forthcoming fashion seasons.
The renowned British luxury brand opened London Fashion Week with a splash by taking over Norman’s Cafe and Bond Street Station, even going so far as to rename the latter “Burberry Station” for a brief period. For his second show, Daniel Lee chose the scenic Highbury Fields as his stage, setting up a massive tent. The collection was the designer's largest yet. Models were seen in double-breasted two-piece suits, motorcycle jackets, layered mini-skirts, one-shoulder dresses, vests and, of course, the iconic trenches, now with a low-belted silhouette. The collection heavily leaned into patterns, with intertwined chainlinks and florals emerging as dominant motifs.