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London Fashion Week: the 6 things everyone was talking about this season

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Billie Bhatia
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Richard Quinn spring / summer 20 finale

London fashion week has closed its doors on yet another season of catwalks, presentations and parties. Here we round up the buzziest moments from the capital. 

London Fashion Week has long been heralded as a city of rising talents, after all this is the city that birthed Alexander McQueen, JW Anderson, Stella McCartney, Simone Rocha and Erdem. This season, as the conversations were being had about the relevance of fashion shows, London’s designers stepped up and creativity really hit a peak, ensuring that yes, there certainly was a relevance to it all.

Molly Goddard led the charge, extending the usual aesthetic of her eponymous line to include denim, accessories and florals. JW Anderson, one of the hottest tickets in London, gave us crystal embellished bras (of sorts) and Erdem took us to Gray’s Inn gardens to see what spring / summer could look like in the sunshine.

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When it came to street style, the weather (for once) was kind to London and saw show-goers embraced the last of the summer sun in style. Dresses were paired with barely there sandals, skirts were slit up to the thigh, sunglasses were a plenty and bags were kept exclusively to micro sizes. 

Consider this your London Fashion Week cheat sheet of the must-know moments. 

The Designer: Simone Rocha

Simone Rocha spring / summer 20
Simone Rocha spring / summer 20

The fashion crowd doesn’t like change. So, when Simone Rocha announced that her show would take guests outside of the confines of central London and up to Alexandra Palace there was a general eyebrow raise across the board. 

However, the lure of Rocha’s romantic designs was pull enough to get the entire fashion community out of their comfort zone and into an old derelict theatre at the north London address. The collection was so breathtakingly beautiful that every editor, stylist and insider sat in absolute silence to soak up the magic that Rocha created. Well worth the journey. 

The Bag: Fendi belt bag 

Giovanna Battaglia wears Fendi belt bag
Giovanna Battaglia wears Fendi belt bag

The Bottega ‘Pouch’ bag was still doing the rounds (and we expect there be an eruption in Milan and Paris), but there was also an influx in belt bags during London Fashion Week. Whether it’s down to their hands-free appeal, or their easy way to add an interesting detail to an outfit, the belt bag was a popular addition to many looks. The one that particularly caught our eye (and sent street style photographers into a frenzy) was Fendi’s neat, multi-pocket version seen on Giovanna Engelbert. A handyman’s belt, but make it fashion. 

The Shoe: Kurt Geiger ‘Orson’ sandals      

Fashion News Editor Billie Bhatia wears Kurt Geiger Orson sandals
Fashion News Editor Billie Bhatia wears Kurt Geiger Orson sandals

Turns out every editor in London has the same taste when it comes to sandals. Kurt Geiger’s ‘Orson’ chunky tweed dad sandals were all over the street of London and firmly positioned on the front row. Worn with dresses, leather trousers (that was me) or with tailoring, these £129 sandals went positively viral. 

The Moment: Richard Quinn 

Richard Quinn spring / summer 20 finale
Richard Quinn spring / summer 20 finale

When Her Majesty the Queen attends your first catwalk show, you know the bar has been set pretty high. For emerging talent Richard Quinn, how on earth do you top that? I’ll tell you how. In an old boxing hall in Bethnal Green (stay with me on this), Quinn positioned an orchestra at the far end of the hall with a choir perched on the balcony above them. 

Models, including Erin O’Connor, walked on plush pink carpet to Memories from Cats in decadent floral gowns. For the big finale, Quinn sent out a group of children wearing feather headdresses resembling the cutest duckling you have ever seen onto the catwalk and simultaneously debuted his bridal collection. It was indeed a moment. 

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The Food: Browns x Peggy Gou at The Standard 

Browns x Peggy Gou celebration dinner at The Standard
Browns x Peggy Gou celebration dinner at The Standard

Since its recent opening The Standard hotel has been playing host the fashion parties and the Friday night of London Fashion Week saw its biggest one yet. A dinner hosted by uber-cool fashion retailer Browns and of-the-moment DJ Peggy Gou to celebrate their upcoming Kirin collection, saw the fashion pack come together and feast on fried chicken, mini hot dogs and ice cream sandwiches. Then we all proceeded to dance the night away to Mark Ronson and Q-Tip. 

The Party: Gareth Pugh x Virgin Voyages 

Christina Aguilera performs at Gareth Pugh x Virgin Voyages party
Christina Aguilera performs at Gareth Pugh x Virgin Voyages party

Instead of his usual show spot this season Gareth Pugh partnered with Virgin to host the party of the season. The designer is working with Virgin on creating a new uniform for Brand’s cruise liners. Held in the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden the worlds and fashion and entertainment came together for a knock out performance from Christina Aguilera. 

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