London Fashion Week might’ve been missing some of its key players this season – the likes of Burberry and JW Anderson have both dropped off the official schedule. But a surprise appearance from Raf Simons, who released his collection digitally as shows took place across the capital on Monday, made for a fashion worthy of the big screen.
In a ballroom overlit with a chandalear and dotted with fuirnature that came blanketed in blood red cloaks, a parade of latext trench coats, wipe-clean prairie dresses and fuzzy suit jackets in boxy proportions took place. Pulling back on the teenage angst which has defined his namesake collections through the pandemic, Simons paired long-lined trompe l’oeil cloaks with nylon bombers extended into column dresses or accented with blooming shoulders. The collection’s hightlights, though, were the accessories, whether it was big bow backpacks or fluffy caps and sci-fi helmets made with milliner Stephen Jones. In Simons’ world, romance flourishes in the most unusual of places.
Photography courtesy of Raf Simons.