Even during the darkest of times, London’s creative spirit has a habit of shining through. At a time when the UK government appears to have forgotten about fashion, with Brexit threatening to decimate a generation of young designers’ businesses, the Autumn/Winter 21 London Fashion Week was a reminder of what might be lost.
London’s designers showed euphoric colour palettes and plenty of maximalist style for the new season, participating in a fully digital event from February 19–23. The improved quality of the fashion films also stood out: designers have worked out what’s best for this format.
“As well as personal perspectives on this difficult time, there’s inspiration in bucket loads,” said Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council. “It’s what British fashion is known for.”
Molly Goddard proved a perfect remedy for fashion in a funk. The London born-and-based designer reworked British heritage pieces into quirky must-haves. Fair Isle knits, tartan kilts, tweed suits and signature Molly tulle frocks, shown to a Baroque piano drumbeat fusion around gold-painted walls in Goddard’s Bethnal Green studio. Kitschy knits were mixed with mega dresses, colours clashed joyously. A spirit of pleasant dissonance reverberated through both designs and the show’s direction – fashion to lift the spirits.