‘Nonconformist’ was the term of the day as designers danced to aÂ beat of their own compositionÂ onÂ Day 2 of London Fashion Week. The scene was delightfully eclectic and the air was full of creative impulse and lingering fog, perhaps much more of the latter.Â Â Rising to the occasion designers presented a thrilling ensemble of culturally inspired looks.
byÂ Suliya Gisele
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J.W. Anderson’s collection revitalized 80s New Wave, with metallics, bright colors, and swift lines. Gareth Pugh was inspired by Football, one of London’s beloved past time sports. The designer explored the gladiatorial nature of the sport withÂ bodices that resembled armor and ritual like makeup featuring a haunting red cross cutting across the face of each model. While his approach was rather dark and satirical, Â Pugh drove the collection home with more effervescent undertones.
Simone Rocha did an all black collection and revisited an old muse, Louise Bourgeois; the garments were sculpted and the use of tapestry resembled the work of Bourgeois to a tee. Ports 1961 and Nili Lotan went a similar route, debuting minimalistic collections that weren’t heavily referencing any given time period, but gave the sense that they were timeless collections. Minimal, asymmetric, and oversized.