Despite the ongoing havoc being wreaked by the coronavirus pandemic, the organisers of London Fashion Week are proving that the show must go on.
Spring and summer 2021 collections from some of the world’s biggest designers are being unveiled not on the runways as usual, but in a host of innovative ways – including one set piece being revealed in a field in rural Buckinghamshire (yes, really).
As with New York Fashion Week before it, though, the majority of LFW’s shows are being streamed and broadcast online in a bid to avoid breaking current social distancing guidelines.
Although this denies fashionistas and influencers the pleasure of seeing from the front row what designers have planned for the seasons ahead, it doesn’t mean we can’t still get our fix – and what a glorious mix of styles this LFW reflects.
Some brands have gone for a more utilitarian look, with camouflage, cargo-style trousers and bomber jackets complementing a splash of animal print for an urban safari feel.
This was mirrored in the ‘street style’ highlighted in the London Evening Standard’s fashion pages, with a host of iconic figures sporting masculine tailoring and power suits to attend the few live events.
However, many of the designers gave a fantastic ‘in-your-face’ to coronavirus, unveiling instead beautiful, uplifting statement pieces full of exuberant colour and whimsical styling.
Michael Halpern sent key workers in feathery dresses down the ‘runway’ in lieu of models, while Molly Goddard showcased yellow polka dots, fuchsia and checkerboard prints in her collections.
“I realised how dark and depressing the last few months had been, and more and more colour crept into the collection. In the end, it became an explosion of colour, prints and joy,” she explained.
Mark Fast dazzled with 90s rave-inspired neon, hoodies and body-con dresses, and Bora Aksu movingly used the decadence of the 1920s Flapper era to show that things will get better for us, just as they did after the 1918 flu pandemic.
Looking at the jewellery, it seems we will continue to see statement pieces and bright colours moving through to spring and summer 2021, with bold beads, lacy chokers and dangly charm bracelets all finding a place in designer collections from Burberry, Chopova Lowena and more.
We also don’t see gold tones going anywhere, suitable as they are for adding that luxe feel against utility-look outfits and dresses alike.
With more shows still to come from LFW, we’re looking forward to seeing what’s next – and what jewellery we might be teaming it with next year!