Here’s What You Missed from Days Four and Five of London Fashion Week

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The last two days of London Fashion Week have made us wonder if the concept of pandemic dressing ever existed. Simone Rocha had a tulle party with her ceremonial dresses, while Victoria Beckham referenced some very well-dressed men, like her husband and Leonardo DiCaprio, for her collection. Richard Quinn ended the week on a high note with his eccentric ball gowns, pleated jumpsuits, and Cruella de Vil-style trench coats. It was showmanship at its best – well done, Mr. Quinn!

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Simone Rocha

Simone Rocha’s spring show brought all our medieval fantasies to life. She sent down an army of tulle-clad models in lace-up boots to combat post-pandemic dressing. The designer had several references in mind when creating this collection. The first was the communion dress – and so there were long dresses in ivory, bursting with tulle featuring satin and lace details. Elsewhere, there were voluminous skirts with multiple layers of ruffles – some with trails of satin ribbons and others with embellishments. Rocha recently gave birth to a baby girl, which explains the nursing bra-style bralettes – with open flaps that gave way to a bejeweled insert.

Other maternal references included dresses that were open in the front, featuring corsetry details – she wanted new mothers wearing her dresses to feel like they could breastfeed easily. There was also her version of an 18th-century nightgown, except hers came with a scalloped hem and puffed sleeves. Her signature gothic inspiration wasn’t too far off either, and it came in the form of black looks. Case in point: an intricate tulle dress with ruffles and biker jackets. The most striking look for us, however, was a baby pink pointelle cardigan with a ribbon through the holes, teamed with a tutu-style mini dress and red knee-high boots. If this is Rocha’s vision of post-pandemic fashion, we want every part of it.



Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham swapped out her signature body-con sheath dresses for looser clothing in her designs a few years ago. Since then, the designer has been known to inject a masculine touch to her creations, and this time was no different. The silhouettes were inspired by menswear, specifically David Beckham’s style. There were oversized chambray shirts paired with loose trousers and belts – a relaxed yet sophisticated look. If she’s retailing those beautiful belts, we’re on our way to buy one! A blue unbuttoned shirt was worn with a string vest and styled with gold chains – it was clear that Ray Liotta from Goodfellas was on her mind.

Elsewhere, we saw slouchy tailoring in the form of fluid maxi skirts, a hooded parka, and pajama-style trousers. There were some lovely dresses too – a mustard-yellow dress in a part-sporty, part-feminine silhouette with grosgrain ribbons down the back, and a white and orange dress featuring sculpted cutouts were among our favorites. The windowpane check pattern jacket and classic trench coat would make excellent elevated closet staples, as would the metallic blue wrap skirt. After seeing the collection, we think David Beckham deserves a permanent spot on her mood board.


Richard Quinn

Richard Quinn left no stone unturned to wow the audience with his collection, which closed London Fashion Week. Pairing couture elements with punk-like details is something he does brilliantly, and we’re here for it. There were pleated jumpsuits in the most glorious colors, which came with a bow at the bust. Elsewhere, head-to-toe florals complete with bonnets dominated the runway. A pink and orange floral bodysuit with a matching après-ski puffer jacket and bag was both flashy and beautiful. There were jackets with massive shoulder pads that were wearable despite being over-the-top.

For the more understated customer, there were ethereal dresses reminiscent of life-size bouquets, and for the more avant-garde dresser, the black biker jacket overloaded with studs and pikes will definitely fit the bill. The show ended with a series of Quinn-style taffeta ball gowns. Featuring couture-like draping, they came open from the front, paired with pants and opera gloves. At a time when most designers are playing it safe with their designs, Quinn stayed true to himself, and it was wholly refreshing.

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