London Fashion Week presented by Clearplay returned to the capital from June 11th to Monday June 13th. The event marked the 10th anniversary of the June edition of London Fashion Week, which was initially launched as a menswear event but during the pandemic turned into a digital-physical show showcasing both menswear and womenswear.
The event is more low-key than London Fashion Week’s January and September shows, focusing less on the big, established designers and more on emerging talent.
Designers and organizations in attendance in June included Agnė Kuzmickaitė, AGR, Ahluwalia, Carlota Barrera, Labrum London, Qasimi, Yuzefi, Robyn Lynch, Scott Henshall, Tiger of Sweden, University of Westminster BA, and Ravensbourne University London. Here are some highlights of the hybrid event.
AGR, a brand founded in 2019 by London designer Alicia Robinson, was highlighted at the June edition of London Fashion Week. The aptly named ‘Dripping in Colour’ SS23 collection celebrates the brand’s journey from handmade knits for Notting Hill Carnival to its debut at London Fashion Week.
Presented at London’s iconic Fabric nightclub, the collection features prints inspired by German artist Katharina Grosse’s fabric installations, mixed with references to ’90s sandblasted jeans, shimmering swimsuits and iconic stripes by Sonia Rykiel.
The collection features recycled denim, crocheted metallic foils, and lycra tye-dye and pointelle knit techniques, while bright colors were selected “with a clear intention to stimulate positive emotions and foster mental well-being.
Labrum London’s spring-summer 2023 collection Freedom of Movement’ explores the idea of a society without borders and celebrates the fusion of various cultures.
The story is influenced by the heritage of the brand’s founder and creative director, Foday Dumbuya, who was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and raised in London. The influence of the blending of cultures and the blurring of edges can be seen in the collections’ Mark Rothko-inspired color palette – blues, greens and browns blend gradually and rarely break with hard blocks – as well as in the use of Labrum London.
monogram, whose “placement of borders and the repetition of the stamp symbolizes the idea that borders are placed around us, with the movement of immigrants going against them.