London Fashion Week: All the best AW22 runway looks

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  • Following on from New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week kicked things off in style with a church-turned-runway for Bora Aksu’s show. This week, designers such as Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Roksanda and Erdem will be showcasing their AW22 collections, and we’ll be sharing the very best looks with you.

    Here’s everything that’s happened so far.

    Roksanda AW22 (main picture)

    The iconic Tate Britain was the setting for Roksanda’s AW22 show, and what a setting it was. Collaborating with artist Eva Rothschild, the designer created a bold and colourful backdrop that perfectly echoed the collection.

    Think exaggerated gowns of padded amorphous and unusual patchworking in trademark colour-blocking, married together in silk taffetas, silk satins, cottons and sand- washed silks to bring new volume and tactility and defying pre-conceived notions of construction.

    Molly Goddard AW22

    ‘Taking our seats for the Molly Goddard show, the rain thundered onto the roof but it was drowned out by the 80s rock as the first of many vivid coloured taffeta looks appeared on an elevated catwalk above our heads at the Seymour Leisure Centre in London,’ says Editor-in-Chief Andrea Thompson.

    ‘The excitement on the front row was palpable. For this one, the Londoner took inspiration from 80s Camden and Portobello Market and her mum’s hip best friend – a cross between Marilyn Monroe and Mick Jones, who the designer recalls as being a crazy mix of “big bleached blond hair, red lipstick, a 50s dress with an army jacket and trainers”‘.

    Models present creations by British designer Molly Goddard during the catwalk show for the Autumn/Winter 2022 collection fashion show on the second day of London Fashion Week in London on February 19, 2022. – RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by Niklas HALLE’N / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP via Getty Images)

    Alongside Goddards’ signature ultra pretty layered tutu dresses in hot pink and white petticoats, we had sloppy sweaters paired with androgynous platform trainers. There were scruffy old school pineapple ponytails heaped on top and faded denim dresses layered with leggings. It was punky, eclectic, a touch Victoriana and so very London. Goddard said she wanted to “push it to the max” nobody can deny she did that and more today.’

    Nensi Dojaka AW22

    Nensi Dojaka showcases her AW22 collection as a gradient of fabrications, colours, and cuts: heavy to sheer, dark to light, covered to exposed.

    Dusky tones of powder pink and hot fuchsia, a palette of burnt caramel, rust and black adorn lingerie-inspired pieces – the designer’s iconic bralette returns – and for the first time, outerwear in the form of puffer and tailored jackets.

    Bora Aksu AW22

    Bora Aksu set the tone for London Fashion Week with a voyage to the 14th Century, with designs evoking the zeitgeist of renaissance Europe. Inspired by poet Christine de Pizan, who was part of King Charles VI of France’s court, he created silhouettes inspired by the customs and costume of the early Renaissance, giving them a modern twist thanks to his signature androgynous tailoring, bold structural pieces and romantic tulle gowns.

    RIXO AW22

    Inspired by the 1930s, Rixo’s ‘The Golden Age’ collection celebrates the opulence and splendour depicted on the Hollywood movie screens at the time. Co-founder and designer Orlagh told me she wanted to create dresses that you could celebrate in, that elevate your day-to-day look.

    ‘The glitter is my favourite part of the collection. It’s got a real bohemian feel thanks to the feather, with a touch of subtle sparkle. It’s not overbearing, it’s that piece you want to wear when you’re back out, socialising,’ she said.

    Glitter, brocades and rich prints make the collection one of Rixo’s most lavish yet understated yet. At the heart of it all is the brand’s focus on sustainability.

    ‘We have a lot more eco fabrics in this collection, and we tried to keep the production local as much as possible. We’ve also tried to be more strategic this year and not buy too much of anything. I think that overconsumption often causes the bigger landfill. I also try and stay off Instagram to avoid fads, I take all my inspiration from places like books, galleries and wallpaper,’ says Orlagh.

    Scroll down for some of our favourite London Fashion Week AW22 looks.

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