It’s London Fashion Week this week and we could not be more excited about what’s to come for Autumn-Winter 2022. The British Fashion Council in sponsorship with Mercedez-Benz bring us every year a list of breathtaking current, new and emerging designers, with this year being more thrilling than ever.
As a person who live, eats and breathes fashion, there was no better thing for me to do that to compile a list of the ultimate designers to watch this London Fashion Week; with a mix of classic, modern, eccentric, avantgarde, opulent and much more, don’t miss out on the following creative minds and their collections for A/W 2022:
The cult London label questioning the idea of glamour with an infectious eccentricity. Better known as the cool girl’s go-to for ‘conversation-starting’ evening-wear, 16Arlington proposes a maximalist fashion language that expertly, deliciously negotiates the boundaries of trash – as well as a deeply accomplished skill for pattern cutting and hand-embroidery.
The RUE AGTHONIS series is full of classic and charming details: sequins, crystal diamonds, animal prints and RUE AGTHONIS’ signature double R logo. These gorgeous styles remind you of those radiant style icons throughout music history: Queen, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones…Their unique, unruly and stunning shapes inspired the designer’s endless imagination and brought her a steady stream of creativity.
Simone Rocha has evolved into an internationally renowned and award-winning brand. Simone works on seasonal imagery and self-publishes limited edition printed books featuring this and the works of collaborators and inspirations. Simone now has three stand-alone stores in London, New York and Hong Kong. Each of these stores feature Simone’s signature furniture and hand-made sculptures. The interiors change seasonally with new displays and installations, notably for SS16 the store window featured an installation titled Flowers and Cars. It was a car reconstructed in the window filled with dried flowers – representing the man-made and natural elements that form part of the brand aesthetic.
With its name as a reflection of the founder’s, Ruby Slevin and Rocco Tullio, creative ideals and aesthetics, the brand aims to create the finest traditional tailoring with impeccable techniques, powerful female symbolism and mysticism in every design.
Romantic but always with a darker twist his demi-couture pieces are full of elegance, intrigue and seduction. Hand-crafted, layering and texture contrast, muted colour and volume forms the key DNA of BORA AKSU. His style is romantic, young, modern, feminine and fresh.
Drawing deep inspiration from the complex shapes and movement of the male body, Barrera’s queer female gaze allows her to view intellectually and artistically, seeing masculinity and male sexuality – the emotions, the forms, the behaviours, socially what it means to identify as male. Tailoring features heavily from season to season, each offering reimagined and subverted from a classic silhouette to create fluid, contemporary designs.
Daniel produces deeply personal collections that explore his thoughts on current affairs and social issues and sustainability in mind. With a focus on casual luxury each collection combines timeless shapes and new fabrics and motifs.
David Koma is a London-based fashion designer who has become synonymous with the ultra body-contouring silhouette, creating sculptural statement dresses inspired by the feminine form. Alongside the cocktail dresses that propelled the designer onto an international stage, the David Koma offering has expanded to include a full range of options from precise daywear separates to beautifully tailored outerwear and show-stopping red-carpet gowns.
Michael Halpern is a London-based designer whose eponymous brand Halpern is synonymous with uncashed glamour, reimagined embellishment and sense of hyper-felinity with a nod to classical couture.
Helen Anthony is a brand that continuously strives to innovate and bring you the most cutting-edge fashions and designs. They combine the finest tailoring and cloths to produce a high-end product that will adapt to the body and make you stand proud from the crowd. They strive to remain unique in terms of style and fashion, working to represent the rich variety of different cultures, whilst simultaneously remaining fiercely proud of our British heritage and connection to Savile Row.
Merging Italian heritage with the raw intensity of London, Jordan and Luca take a holistic approach to menswear and masculinity. A visceral instinct to study the form and its possibilities. JORDANLUCA bring together an authenticity to counterculture and a commitment to craftsmanship.
Kaushik Velendra is a London based menswear designer with an instinctive appreciation for impactful clothing, whose trailblazing collections are reshaping modern menswear. With his refreshing and inclusive perspective, Velendra is forging a new paradigm of traditional tailoring combined with innovative construction and aesthetic. ‘Power dressing for Men and tailoring for the future’ is how Velendra describes his brand’s DNA. Velendra’s approach remains one that aims to instil a sense of power and confidence, whilst being inclusive to all genders and sizes.
With the rebranding of the brand KNWLS portrays new feline, offbeat, sassy pieces in conceal-and-reveal ’90s silhouettes which are described as “Streetwise, yet elegant; rough but bourgeois.” The label stives to be authentic; championing femininity and the female gaze through a distinctive aesthetic loved and worn by everyone from Beyonce and Grimes to Dua Lipa and the Hadid sisters. Waist-snatching corsets, mesh materials, low rise pants, delicately structured bodycon dresses, tops with clever cutouts in earthy colour palettes and detailed prints have all become synonymous with Knwls.
Paul Costelloe is one of the most established names in British and Irish fashion. A leader in the use of hand-crafted, luxurious fabrics combined with cutting edge design, innovation and creativity. Based at his design studio in the heart of London’s fashion district, Paul works with renowned technicians, suppliers and manufacturers to deliver collections of the highest quality, texture and comfort. The Paul Costelloe name today encompasses a wide range of collections including womenswear, menswear, bags and accessories, homeware, jewellery, eyewear and children’s occasion-wear.
POSTER GIRL, a label manifesting confidence, ultra-femininity and referencing a direct nostalgia to the designers’ upbringings. By pushing and developing surface textures, the high gloss aesthetic of this brand is backed with sophisticated, luxurious construction techniques and quality. POSTER GIRL celebrates inner confidence and femininity, making its rise within the fashion and pop culture scene nothing short of explosive. Now dressing the likes of Dua Lipa, Kylie Jenner, Selena Gomez, Doja Cat, Rita Ora & Winnie Harlow to name a few, this coveted label has built a sought after following.
Built on an aesthetic of darkly romantic and effortlessly modern, juxtaposing the masculine with feminine and mixing of hard and soft. Their debut collection at London Fashion Week for Spring Summer 2001 established the brand’s essence of punkish sensibilities with vintage elements and hand-crafted details. The collection debuted to rave reviews with critics responding to the subverting of traditional motifs and British sense of tongue-in-cheek chic. The label has since become synonymous with deconstructed London cool and developed a cult status amongst fashion heavyweights.
Specialising in womenswear and textiles, he has been praised for his bold use of colour and print, which he produces in his Peckham studio. Also being granted with the Queen Elizabeth 11 Award for British Design by the Queen herself at his debut show in 2018.
Roksanda has evolved an unmistakable woman-centred design aesthetic. As a woman consciously designing for women, she started ROKSANDA with a view of creating a platform to celebrate the equality of women whilst seeking to challenge the perceptions of traditional beauty through a blend of opposites. Roksanda creates pieces that reveal a woman’s personality while providing a sense of shelter and refuge through their unique design.
Known as the designer that dresses Harry Styles, Stockey-Daley became world known for his graduate collection, which merged historical and literary references. Based around high society, education, patriarchy, and male-dominated public school elite, the collection upholds an extremely effeminate and sustainable approach.
His design practice exists to bridge the gap between Luxury Menswear and Sportswear; unique technical garments, designed and cut for the liberation of movement. Described as having a “sensitivity and intelligence that works right through to the structure of his design,” and having been hailed as “the next superstar of sportswear” – Nash’s young brand is undergoing a meteoric rise. Nash continues to manoeuvre between performance, dance and fashion. Whilst his brand is dedicated to creating garments for movement, Nash often showcases his clothing in self or co-choreographed performances which best demonstrate how they are intended to move.
A luxury Womanswear brand created by British Fashion Designer Barbara Biosah specializing in Unconventional detailed exotic clothing, shoes and accessories. Mixing inspirations from Africa with western silhouettes hand made in her Atelier in London & Paris with her highly skilled team.