The Season’s Most Exciting Designers To Look Forward To This London Fashion Week
Cult label CHOPOVA LOWENA will be debuting its first runway show.
London Fashion Week is back and the British Fashion Council has just announced a major lineup for London’s SS23 womenswear shows. This year, over a hundred designers have been confirmed on the provisional hybrid digital-physical schedule running from the 16th till the 20th of September. This is FIZZY’s list of the most exciting designers to look forward to this year.
Just five years after graduating from Central Saint Martins, Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena’s eponymous ready-to-wear label has already sparked a cult following. The design duo fuses Bulgarian handcraft aesthetics, upcycled materials and a spirit of furious eclecticism in each one-of-a-kind piece - it’s no wonder why almost every It Girl’s been seen wearing Chopova Lowena’s carabiner kilts (*cough* Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo and Emma Chamberlain.)
First achieving prominence during the pandemic, LFW '22 will be the Bavarian-English brand’s first ever runway having debuted all of its previous collections in vivacious fashion films and lookbooks. The show will take place on September 19.
London-based designer, Chet Lo, has been making waves in the fashion industry since launching his namesake brand in 2020. Also a Central Saint Martins graduate, the Asian-American creative is a force to be reckoned with. His designs draw influence from his fascination with old Japanese comics, retro-futurism and the ‘50s, coupled with a motto to make women feel good at the forefront of his label. It comes as no surprise as to why his boundary-breaking knitwear has quickly become one of fashion’s most talked about phenomena.
Perhaps you’ve seen Kylie Jenner posing in one of Lo’s custom-made pieces. Or maybe you watched Doja Cat and SZA stun in the label’s signature textured knit designs for the duo’s smash hit single and music video “Kiss Me More”. Chet Lo’s LFW ‘22 runway show is undoubtedly one of this season’s most highly anticipated.
Ukrainian-born designer, Masha Popova’s work is a hybrid of two worlds: late 20th century high fashion and her childhood in post-Soviet Ukraine. Another Central Saint Martins alumni, Popova transforms zero-waste textiles into boldly crafted jackets, denim, couture sportswear, and tops - not to mention her signature butterfly pieces which we love.
“Motivated by imperfection, social criticism, and personal narrative”, expect to see Masha Popova's pieces all over your Instagram feed this Fashion Week.
One of luxury fashion’s heavyweights to be added to LFW's strongest line up yet, Raf Simons needs no introduction.
Deeply inspired by rebellious youth subcultures of the early ‘90s, Simons’s style reflects a radically different image of masculinity, with each collection being a relentless blend of minimalist aesthetic and a fresh interpretation of classic, androgynous designs.
"It's been a dream for a while to show in London – a city where fashion and creativity is omnipresent in the streets and where I see exceptional people with a strong unique style,'' says Simons. “I'm extremely excited that this dream is becoming a reality now, and I'm very happy to welcome the amazing people and faces that make up the London scene to my show. Can't wait to see you and dance the night away.”
The Belgian designer will be making his SS23 debut at LFW on September 16.
One of the British Fashion Council’s most anticipated lineups yet: British fashion label JW Anderson returns to LFW with a womenswear show this year.
Anderson just dropped his latest collection for Loewe’s menswear collection at Paris Fashion Week in June, and it certainly racked up a great deal of press attention - and screen time. So yes, we’re really excited to see what the Northern Irish designer has in store for London this season.
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