June London Fashion Week showcases its talents

London Fashion Week, presented by Clearplay, took place from 11 to 13 June.

The event marked the tenth anniversary of June London Fashion Week, which initially focused on men’s clothing and then became a “digital” program for men’s and women’s ready-made clothing during the health crisis.

The event, more restrained than the January and September editions of Fashion Week, focuses not on famous fashion names, but more on the talents of tomorrow.

Among the designers and teams are: Agnė Kuzmickaitė, AGR, Ahluwalia, Carlota Barrera, Labrum London, Qasimi, Yuzefi, Robyn Lynch, Scott Henshall, Tiger of Sweden, University of Westinster, Ravensbourne University London.

Here are some highlights:

IGA

One of the brands that has succeeded is undoubtedly AGR, a brand created in 2019 by London designer Alicia Robinson. His collection, aptly titled “Dripping in Color” Spring / Summer 2023, marks the brand’s evolution from handmade knitwear for the Notting Hill Carnival to its debut at London Fashion Week.

Presented at the Fabric, the capital’s iconic club, the collection includes prints inspired by installations by German artist Katarina Grosse associated with faded jeans from the 90s, with brightly colored swimsuits and legendary stripes by Sonny Rickel.

The collection is based on recycled denim and techniques such as crochet with metal accents, tai dai and lycra with pointe shoes. The designer decided to present bright colors “with the firm intention to stimulate positive emotions and improve well-being.”

Image: AGR SS23, provided by the brand
Image: AGR SS23, provided by the brand
Image: AGR SS23, provided by the brand
Image: AGR SS23, provided by the brand

Labrum London

The Labrum London Spring / Summer 2023 collection, entitled “Freedom of Movement”, explores the idea of ​​a society without borders and celebrates the mixing of cultures. His story is inspired by the legacy of brand founder and creative director Fodai Dambui, who was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone and grew up in London.

Mixing cultures and erasing borders are found in the colors of the collection, inspired by Mark Rothko’s palette: blue, green and brown merge gradually and are rarely separated by blocks. The same is true of the brand’s monogram, whose “placement and repetition in print symbolizes the idea of ​​the borders that surround us and the flow of migrants seeking to cross them.”

Image: Labrum London SS23, provided by the brand
Image: Labrum London SS23, provided by the brand
Image: Labrum London SS23, provided by the brand
Image: Labrum London SS23, provided by the brand

Robin Lynch

Dublin-born designer Robin Lynch is known for painting her father’s clothes for inspiration. However, this collection pays tribute to her mother’s wardrobe, including a T-shirt returned from a holiday in Mallorca in 1983, with a pattern of a few smilies.

Lynch draws inspiration from the “ugliest, funniest and cutest” souvenir T-shirts around the world and turns them into real fashion items. The collection includes miniature crab embroidery on pants and knitwear, as well as a wrapped poncho “a symbol of safety and warmth, such as those that your mother made you wear when you were children.”

The textiles used include natural fibers and nylon made from Seaqual fiber, which is itself derived from plastic waste extracted from the oceans. Summer color palette consists of brick-orange, charcoal, sand and mustard-yellow.

Image: Robyn Lynch SS23, provided by the brand
Image: Robyn Lynch SS23, provided by the brand
Image: Robyn Lynch SS23, provided by the brand
Image: Robyn Lynch SS23, provided by the brand

Joseph

London ready-made clothing brand Yuzefi was founded by designer Naza Yousefi in 2016. Debuting at London Fashion Week this month, the label unveiled the Resort 2023 collection, which combines “beauty and imperfection”.

The collection features adjustable pants and exaggerated silhouettes, as well as flowing Japanese cupro dresses, and translucent clothing kinetically floats and “reflects light like water.” Materials used include elastic satin, Gold Leather Working Group leather and other durable materials. According to the brand, 80 percent of the collection is made of environmentally friendly fabrics or fabrics.

The combination of ease and devotion is also reflected in the color palette, where the elements are rethought in coral pink and contrasting red, as well as interspersed with cream and brown tones.

Image: Juzefi Resort 2023 | Authors: Robben Lenchon
Image: Juzefi Resort 2023 | Authors: Rowben Lantion
Image: Juzefi Resort 2023 | Authors: Robben Lenchon
Image: Juzefi Resort 2023 | Authors: Robben Lenchon

Kasimi

Under the artistic direction of Hura Al-Qasimi, the twin of the late founder Sheikh Khalid Al-Qasimi, Kasimi presented the Spring-Summer 2023 collection, inspired by the Tuareg people and the Sahara and Sahel regions.

The collection, presented in the form of a film, combines “military inspiration and desert nomads” through the use of technology on a human scale. The collection is inspired by the communities of divers and pearl divers and sailors of the Persian Gulf, as well as the uniform of the US military or work jackets of the Swiss Army.

Jewelry includes Middle Eastern beadwork on fitted jackets that add an “ocean texture to structured shirts with collars and sleeves.”

Image: Qasimi SS23 | Authors: Fabian Montic
Image: Qasimi SS23 | Authors: Fabian Montic
Image: Qasimi SS23 | Authors: Fabian Montic
Image: Qasimi SS23 | Authors: Fabian Montic

This article first appeared on FashionUnited.uk. It was translated and edited in French by Maxim Der Nahabedyan.

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