The Essence Fashion team turn London Fashion Week upside down


New York (check) and now London (check) – we’re officially halfway through fashion month. As the fashion crowd descends on Milan, we wanted to take a moment to enjoy some of our favorite collections from LFW. Of the big four (NY, London, Milan and Paris), London is well known for its eclectic and artisanal approach to design. From the baroque romanticism of Simone Rocha and the sophisticated sexiness of Nancy Dojaka, to the tulle fantasy of Molly Goddard, London Fashion Week has something for everyone.

Ahead, join the ESSENCE fashion team as they discuss their favorite looks and collections from London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 23.

The Essence Fashion team turn London Fashion Week upside down
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 18: A model walks the runway at the KWK by Kay Kwok show during London Fashion Week September 2022 on September 18, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Nick England/BFC/Getty Images)

Tahirah Hairston, Style director

The Essence Fashion team turn London Fashion Week upside down
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 17: A model walks the runway during the JW Anderson Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2023 fashion show as part of London Fashion Week on September 17, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

JW Anderson — JW Anderson’s whimsical fishbowl dress was my favorite look from LFW. It’s fun, quirky and I can’t wait to see which celebrity wears this on the red carpet.

Shelton Boyd-Griffith, Contributing to the Beauty and Style Editor

The Essence Fashion team turn London Fashion Week upside down
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 17: A model walks the runway during the JW Anderson Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2023 fashion show as part of London Fashion Week on September 17, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

JW Anderson – The world is a better place with JW Anderson in it. There is always a touch of fiction – an avant-garde, surrealist approach to design. As with every JW Anderson collection, it’s an inside look at the wonderful economy that is his mind. This is what attracts me to designers; I love seeing a collection and automatically feeling part of their world. This SS23 collection was this take on man versus machine. This particular look, look 17, a cap made from old computer keys, looks pretty weird, but it’s also so wearable. I can easily see this top paired with slacks and a heel and it’s a street style look, or worn with a themed maxi skirt and it’s evening.

Greg Emmanuel, Beauty and Style Writer

The Essence Fashion team turn London Fashion Week upside down
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: A model walks the runway during the Richard Quinn show during London Fashion Week September 2022 on September 20, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Kate Green/BFC/Getty Images)

Richard Quinn — For Richard Quinn’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection, the beloved British designer dedicated the collection to Queen Elizabeth II. After breaking the news of the Queen’s death, Quinn and his team created the first 22 looks of the collection in 10 days. The collection was clearly created with careful craftsmanship – it portrayed a beautiful, dark romance and highlighted the beauty of the royal family.

Jamila Stewart, E-Commerce Contributing Editor

The Essence Fashion team turn London Fashion Week upside down

Masha Popova — In general, I find the innovative ways designers are approaching jeans these days extremely impressive. Especially so with Masha Popova, who appeared at London Fashion Week for the first time this season with an almost entirely experimental denim look collection. An intriguing wash and unexpected texture is a great way to play up fabric, which the brand does well with this flared top and matching skirt. The set is one that would turn heads and spark conversation in any room, and feels just as perfect for fall as it does for spring.





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