This week, London Fashion Week returned after 18 months of digital-only shows to a mix of presentations, runway shows and virtual experiences. Although there was the return of street style and fashion week parties, a lack of international guests, smaller capacities and financial pressure meant it wasn’t quite business as usual. Many of the big players were missing from the schedule, such as JW Anderson, Christopher Kane and Burberry, and so the week naturally had more of a focus on emerging, young talent. The likes of Rejina Pyo, Nensi Dojaka and Supriya Lele created the standout shows that garnered the most attention.
Although the overall schedule felt restrained, the clothes we saw on the runway certainly weren’t, as they felt like an antidote to months of lockdowns and restrictions. These are clothes to have fun in, with a move away from comfort and simplicity. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a colourful fashion week, as highlighter shades and juicy colour combinations dominated. In terms of fit, we saw a return to sexy dressing, with visible bras, cut-outs everywhere you could think of and body-con, body-con and even more body-con. There were four trends, in particular, that stood out to our team, so keep scrolling to see the most exciting looks for S/S 22.