Minimalism, animal prints, graphic t-shirts and florals pervaded the London Fashion Week runways from Sept. 13-18, although critics have called the biannual event out for its continued lack of inclusivity.
The BBC censured LFW in a recent article, stating diverse representation is still a problem. Even though the event has an outstanding reputation for challenging the status quo in comparison to New York Fashion Week, it’s on its way. In February, some runway shows brought awareness to the world’s fast fashion problem, while others dedicated shows to the LGBTQ community.
So how far do designers really have to go to show to respond to critics’ woes?
Designer Steven Tai for Viktor + Rolf featured disfigured models with visible scars along with conventional models for his show. Tai originally teamed up charity Changing Faces to advocate for body positivity.
One model with alopecia, Brenda Finn, sports a coral peasant skirt and ruffled off-white blouse. Others own the runway in neutral toned suits and holographic sneakers with a futuristic edge.
Inclusivity aside, designers do not disappoint
Singer, fashion designer and mother Victoria Beckham unveiled her 10th anniversary show – minimalist styles with a dash of color and attitude.
One model parades the runway in a simple yet statement outfit, wearing a simple red pant and white top with metallic gold boots. A black, collars jacket flows behind her and sits on her slender arms at t-shirt length.
Beckham’s vision very obviously catered to younger generations with modern, loose-fitting styles that were chic, yet perfect for everyday wear.
Designer Richard Quinn’s show countered Beckham’s minimalist vibe with maximalist florals, prints and textures.
Some designs referenced fashion of the late 1970s and 80s with baggy Hawaiian tops and matching pants. One dress incorporates zebra and leopard print into a short, ruffled bombshell club dress. Other pieces referenced silhouettes with all-black layers even covering their faces. Critics say it was very “McQueen-esgue” and were 20th-century inspired – a blast from past decades
A final designer to note, Ricardo Tisci for Burberry, redefines British subculture with punky graphics, bold beige layers and cow prints.
One beige dress in particular reads a fragmented “Burberry” logo separate by collar and zipper. Over the top is a slimming girdle and the hem is a bright red. To complete the look, the model wears red, winged eyeshadow and a neutral lip color.
Kendall Jenner models a beige button-down jacket, matching silk and collared blouse, and high-waisted pants complete with a miniature fanny back belt.