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Head-Turning Moments at London Fashion Week So Far

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The SS22 shows that have everyone taking note

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Following an all-digital edition back in February, London Fashion Week is back in full force with live-streamed spectacles, digital presentations, and (most exciting) real-life shows. The front rows have been filled and designers have put on showcases most definitely worth waiting for. From Rejina Pyo’s London Aquatic Centre takeover to Halpern’s ballet-inspired collection, these are the head-turning moments of London Fashion Week so far.

Head-Turning Moments at London Fashion Week So Far

Rejina Pyo

Rejina Pyo

Rejina Pyo

South Korean designer Rejina Pyo took to the London Aquatics Centre to showcase her enlivening latest collection, which featured an array of bright colours, relaxed silhouettes and swimwear designed with Italian recycled nylon. The show captured the spirit of summer, exhibited against the cool blue of the 25-metre diving pool, where Team GB divers performed and plunged into the water wearing Rejina Pyo swimsuits.

Molly Goddard

Molly Goddard

Molly Goddard; Ben Broomfield

Molly Goddard stayed true to her signature tulle and ruffles, but injected her collection this season with looks inspired by children’s clothing. ‘For SS22 I blew up baby dresses I wore as a child to adult size, tracing the pattern and making it 10 or 20 times bigger,’ she says. ‘I was eight months pregnant when I started designing this collection and imagined the clothes my child would wear.’ The result was a playful combination of darling smock dresses, tracksuit bottoms worn as underlayers, and ballet pumps reimagined in a variety of bright colours. ‘I enjoyed the repetition in this collection and the familiarity, it is nostalgic and visceral,’ she adds.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood; Kristin-Lee Moolman

Vivienne Westwood hailed sustainability for her standout ‘Save Our Souls’ SS22 collection, which, she states, is ‘a lovely efficient collection reduced to its minimum but containing everything you need.’ In fact, the brand revealed that ‘the total amount of low impact and cruelty free materials in the main and pre-collection combined is 98 per cent.’ The edit follows a nautical theme, taking inspiration from the brand’s own ‘Tied to the Mast’ 1998 show, where models posed with a wooden helm, shark’s head, rope, and even a rowing boat.

Bora Aksu

Bora Aksu

Bora Aksu; Stefan Knauer

The sun shone for Bora Aksu’s high-spirited outdoor catwalk which saw models walking around a traditional English garden in St. James’s. The vivid, eclectic collection – think bold colours, feminine florals and heavy embellishing – was inspired by Dutch socialite and style icon Mathilde Willink, and encapsulated the glorious fun and frivolity associated with London Fashion Week.

Halpern

Halpern

Halpern; Karyn Bailey: Thomas De Cruz Media

Halpern’s SS22 film celebrates and calls attention to the ‘extraordinary discipline and determination’ of the Royal Opera House ballet dancers, as they make their welcome return to the stage with Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet. Set within the landmark Covent Garden venue, Michael Halpern’s enchanting collection – worn by dancers of the Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet – comprised of performance-worthy looks, from a sequinned open-back column dress to an emerald bustier paired with a mille fueille white tulle skirt.

Featured image: Rejina Pyo

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