LFW 2021 Catwalk Highlights for SS22

A level of normality has been restored to the fashion industry with the return of in-person catwalk shows for September’s London Fashion Week – hoorah!

Following a lockdown that saw many consumers limiting their wardrobe to casual loungewear and comfy activewear – not that we’re complaining! – London Fashion Week is giving us all a reason to feel inspired with our styling once more.

This week has given us an exciting forecast for SS22, offering insights into the colours, shapes and patterns likely to dominate next year.

Here are some of the catwalk highlights and insights:

Alice Temperley: Death of the Nile

Temperley London’s SS22 collection is inspired by Agatha Christie’s ‘Death on the Nile’, featuring lots of prints, from floral to botanical and animal print. Alice’s famous feminine styles come in the form of long and short floaty, whimsical dresses, balanced with some safari-style tailoring. 

Bora Aksu: No Rules

Photo: Stefan Knauer / Courtesy of Bora Aksu via Vogue

Bora Aksu’s SS22 preview embraces the ‘new world’ following lockdown, promoting individual and eccentric style. The collection features vivid hot pinks, greens, yellows and reds, with statement 3-dimensional floral detailing. Colour clashes and pattern overload show us that style doesn’t need to be put into a box!

Erdem: Androgynous

Preview from erdem.com

Experimenting with textiles, embellishments and tailoring, all whilst fusing womenswear with menswear for a combination of masculine and feminine design features. Erdem’s SS22 collection features unique tailoring, with broiderie anglaise suits and floral patterns. The collection also features stunning dresses and flattering silhouettes, styled with masculine brogues for a casual balance. Our favourite structured trenches also feature in the collection.

Simone Rocha: Ceremonial

Preview from simonerocha.com

Simone Rocha’s SS22 collection revisits childhood in a way that fashion hasn’t quite gone to before. Communion-style dresses designed as an ode to mothers and daughters, with wide tulle skirts and varied collar styles. White, lilac and rose are the colours of the SS22 collection, although dark colours did feature on the runway. The collection is feminine yet slightly gothic. 

Molly Goddard: Wearable

Preview from mollygoddard.com

LFW saw Molly Goddard releasing an SS22 preview video featuring the most casual and wearable ‘daytime’ outfits we have seen from this designer so far. Although not technically a catwalk, the video preview from Molly Goddard was just as engaging and immersive as a show itself. From wideleg jeans to printed cardigans and statement neon knits. Babydoll-inspired shapes feature heavily, with short and long smock dresses dominating the collection.

What has LFW taught us? 

SS22 looks to be more colourful, playful and eccentric than ever before. Neons are in, but so are our favourite pastels. Casual wear is looking fun through contrasting prints and exaggerated shapes, dressed up with strong tailoring or down with loose fitting layers and trousers. 

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