LONDON FASHION WEEK FALL 2021 – Our Top Picks
Like all other fashion weeks, London Fashion Week Fall 2021, also decided to go absolute digital this time, owing to the resurging cases in the UK. As Prime Minister, ‘Boris Johnson’ announced the third national lockdown, the British Fashion Council made an announcement of holding the London Fashion Week only on digital platforms commencing from Feb 19, 2021, to Feb 23, 2021.
London Fashion Week is one of the most prestigious fashion shows of the world along with the other three big shot names in the same league – the Paris Fashion Week, the New York Fashion Week, and the Milan Fashion Week. These 4 ‘big fashion shows’ are touted as the ‘BIGWIGS’ of the fashion world and fashion aficionados across the globe are eyeing to witness the collections in these shows with baited breaths. This extravaganza of fashion, that is London Fashion Week, took place in October 1983, for the first time. Though, February 2021, would go down in the history as the first time the London Fashion Week went only-DIGITAL!
London Fashion Week generally showcases almost 250 designers and happens twice a year, in February and September. February is for the launch of the Fall Winter collection, whereas September reserves its place for the Spring-Summer collection.
OUR TOP PICKS from the LONDON FASHION WEEK FALL WINTER 2021
Like every year, and like every other fashion-obsessed soul in this world, we too, are eagerly awaiting the unveiling of the new collections in the London Fashion Week. And, why not? These international ramps play the most decisive role in setting the mode for all the fashion forecasts and trends for the upcoming season. We, the common people just follow the suit and embrace what we like the best.
Even though Covid19 has played the spoilsport and has been much of a ‘spirit dampener’ through the entire last year, we are at least not going to succumb to it completely this year. The year 2021 has been started on a note of optimism and hope and we shall continue to manifest into the months to come.
For this London Fashion Week Spring 2021, the collections were exuberant, jaw-dropping, and larger-than-life to state in a few words. It was a refreshing mix of both the big names as well as new entrants in the fraternity. Though we couldn’t stop falling off the edge for almost every designer’s collection that we saw, still like every year, we had our personal favourites. We have compiled a list of some of our favourite designers and their collections and hope you would enjoy our picks and reviews.
1. YUHAN WANG – The collection is spring-summer, yet sexy beyond measures. We love the to-to-toe appliqué and lace-net outfits. Summer prints in pastels and neutrals are used in abundance and it makes for a perfect sunny day. The collection is said to draw inspiration from the traditional Chinese landscape paintings and the same is reflected well through the subtlety of the prints.
2. PREEN BY THORNTON AND BREGAZZI – The whole idea behind the collection was reiterating the urgency to shift to a minimalistic and sustainable way of living, a need of the hour that dawned upon all of us during the lockdown. For the designers, the collection was based on their need for “feeling safe and secure while having the power to dream”, an emotion they experienced in all its force during the lockdown. About the collection, we love the floral scarves, the floral and feminine print dresses, and geometrical patterns and strong colours of the dresses.
3. HOUSE OF SUNNY – Summery, bright, and all things fun is what this collection is all about. The neon and bright yellow, blues, and whites are a heart- stealer from the word go. Even the delicate prints are also very futuristic. The collection has a very ‘no bars hold’ and ‘escapist’ vibe to it. From colours, prints, structures, to silhouettes have playful written all over it.
4. EIRINN HAYHOW – Very futuristic and stylish. Some people on other planets would definitely be wearing this even in the current moment! It is hard to believe that such daring, statement clothes are up-cycled from plant-based products and other sustainable items. The jumper with the straight-up dog face is so ahead of its times, and the holds the top rank in our wish list.
5. SIMONE ROCHA – Those feather ruffled skirts arouse nothing but pure, erotic, romanticism in her hearts. So vintage, French, and everything that connotes of the old good times. The designer has definitely balanced the feminine romanticism with elements of robustness through jackets, blazers, knits, and boots and we can’t fall more in love with the final looks. In the words of the designer, ‘It’s about striking the equilibrium between tough and pretty. It’s about being protective and hiding the fragility.’
6. ERDEM – Classy, elegant, and stylish. We are totally in awe of those long dresses that are so British and rich in their vibe. The dresses are somewhat reminiscent of ballet and English stage performances. We especially love the yellow corset dress that just does enough good service to highlight the delicateness and sensuality of the female body. The designer used huge block heels along with the dresses to make the final looks stand out even further.
7. EMILIA WICKSTEAD – To state in a few words, the looks are powerful, strong, and totally exuding a ‘stylish-yet-firm’ vibe. Whether it’s a body-hugging dress, a long coat, or a skirt, they all are a very statement in themselves. We love the structuring of the outfits. Each of the outfits can be styled and paired to create so many different looks. A very versatile collection, indeed!
8. ROKSANDA – The collection was showcased through a short film shot by the designer, Roksanda. It is a testimony to the designer’s brilliance and advancement that the film depicting three generations of women was shot by the designer with an iPhone. The outfits are voluminous prints. They are fluid; free-flowing yet have a pre-calculated structure to themselves. There are strong bold single colours as well as multi-dimensional prints. There are billowing sleeves, gathered waistlines, a classic interpretation of minimalism and class.
After a year of home-bound monotony, and any sort of sartorial abstinence during the lockdown, the London Fashion Week 2021 came as a refreshing breath of air. Though we could hardly ever fathom going and witnessing the real panorama of these fashion weeks unfold live in front of our eyes, it felt like a privilege to be a part of the digital extravaganza. We sure have our eyes on these favourite pieces and shall look forward to how well these are assimilated into the fashion for the commoners.
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