From London, the fashion of contrasts

From 13th to 17th September, within the SS2020 edition of the London Fashion Week, more than 170 events were organised by the British Fashion Council which, this year and for the first time, opened the doors of some of the fashion shows even to non-fashion related guests.

Always a hub of research and experimentation, LFW has brought a mix of styles to the runway: street urban, revisited folk, the 80s and 90s, sartorial sporty, and a good dose of never-cloying, avant-garde romanticism.

Simone Rocha Arlington Osman

Simone Rocha / Arlington / Osman

This is evidenced by the Bora Aksu collection inspired by a hero princess who, despite her strong and rebellious spirit, dresses in lace and pastel shades.

Caramel shades also for Molly Goddard’s dresses, which seem to float despite the layers and layers of ruffled and puffy tulle, the result of the refinement of new cutting and overlapping techniques.

Layering is also used to create contrasting colour effects, as shown in the highly sophisticated black and white look by Erdem, where the romanticism of the tulle and the Sangallo lace is softened by the combination of a jacket with embroidery and matching tone-on-tone studs.

Bora Aksu Molly Goddard Erdem

Bora Aksu / Molly Goddard / Erdem

Dazzling evening gowns in metallic shades (mostly by Michael Halpern) alternate with acid and fluorescent colours, a favourite for the summer season.

Halpern Arlington Halpern Roksanda

Halpern / Arlington / Halpern / Roksanda

Close-fitting lines give way to the oversized tailoring of double-breasted jackets matched with masculine-cut pants or dresses with soft shapes. This is the type of fashion that plays with contrasts: opulence and simplicity, fluidity and structure, daywear and demi-couture. Irreverent and classic at the same time.

David Koma Roland Mouret Sharon Wauchob Victoria Beckham

David Koma / Roland Mouret / Sharon Wauchob / Victoria Beckham

By Elisa Nascimbene, for Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week barcelonabridalweek.com

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