London Fashion Week 2021. Review by Eleonora de Gray, Editor-in-Chief of RUNWAY MAGAZINE.
It feels like London Fashion Week is getting into void. Fewer and fewer designers and brands present their collections. Apart from Vivienne Westwood no one else left. Names who became known for the last couple of years like Richard Quinn, JW Anderson and Simone Rocha did shows and presentation, but mostly like several emerging brands they put their collections for Spring Summer 2022 season online and send them to media with press-releases. I can count maybe 4 fashion shows and dozen of digital presentations – that’s all about London Fashion Week 2021.
On the other hand London Design Festival was one of a kind and presented absolutely amazing innovations related to fashion: Humanoid robot artist AI-DA and AUROBOROS – robot modelling couture at Victoria and Albert Museum.
Biomimicry Exhibition with Ai-Da is very “back to the feature” collaboration between two very advanced technologies, artificial intelligence, fashion and art. In a live art performance Auroboros growing couture transformed in real time around Ai-Da. Ai-Da is the world’s first ultra-realistic robot artist, named after the XIXth century computer programmer Ada Lovelace. She draws using cameras in her eyes, AI algorithms and her robotic arm.
Back to the fashion designers. Many designers presented in London came out with colors and dancing experiments. Dancing… lots and lots of dancing.
Obviously Lady Vivienne Westwood is the one to start with, got back to her heritage Queen Victoria, pirates, water and the sea. See Vivienne Westwood Spring Summer 2022 collection HERE.
Erdem came with classic looks, so known in England since XIX century, and some interpretations of it. See all looks of Erdem for Spring Summer 2022 season HERE.
Arty-Matty-Farty Bovan was arty like always in very knitty-witty way. See all looks of Matty Bovan for Spring Summer 2022 season HERE.
Halpern was dancy-fluffy. See all looks of Halpern for Spring Summer 2022 season HERE.
Richard Quinn overused himself and came out with the same flowery looks, and this time also on men, and somehow run down, and no longer interested. Perhaps it explains that for this season Moncler didn’t choose him as a designer for the new Moncler Genius experimental capsule collection. See all looks of Richard Quinn for Spring Summer 2022 season HERE.
JW Anderson came out with very simple capsule collection and the naked dudes. And all the story turned around the tire. He probably thought about the recycling, and then came out with the naked dude inside of it. Let’s call it a concept. See all looks of JW Anderson for Spring Summer 2022 season HERE.
Simone Rocha came with the same looks she came out the last season, and the season before that. Ruffles, more ruffles, and laces, Christening laces. See all looks of Simone Rocha for Spring Summer 2022 season HERE.
There was probably something else, but hard to remember what exactly. Perhaps one more designer is worth mentioning David Koma, who presented ultra flashy plastic looks. See all looks of David Koma for Spring Summer 2022 season HERE.
That’s all, folks! Just about that. London Fashion Week 2021 is very very emerging event today. Arty and interesting…