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London Fashion Week on the Edge! Spring/Summer 2023

While England as well as the rest of the world mourns the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the fashion industry and the London designers modified their runway shows to pay tribute to their beloved Monarch, each in their own way.

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Image credit: Inflatable trousers by Harri, London image, Images unless noted.

Indian menswear designer Harikrishnan who attended the London College of Fashion has taken London Fashion Week by storm, simply by inflating his menswear trousers to unheard of levels.

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No need for a chair. Harri.

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This collegiate balloon pants look is appropriately called “ball bottoms.” Harri.

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Inflated striped latex trousers paired with coordinated button down shirt. Harri.

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A modern day Popeye. Pumped up pants by Harri.

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Don’t you wonder how high he can bounce in these? Harri.

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You can purchase these inflatable trousers at the APOC store.

Watch the energetic Harri Youtube video here.

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Power puff princess. Richard Quinn.

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Polka dot puffball coordinated with turquoise tights. Structural, textural apparel. Richard Quinn.

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Glorious floral cloak. Richard Quinn.

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Mourning apparel appeared in many different configurations during London Fashion Week. Richard Quinn.

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Magnificent black velvet coat embellished with tone on tone embroidery coordinated with a chapeau Eliza Doolittle would have been thrilled to wear. Richard Quinn.

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Sky blue hooded gown by Chet Lo.

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Designer Chet Lo is best known for his spiky, sheer knitwear.

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Kelly green for spring. Chet Lo.

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Sheer fabrics and cutouts are two trends that are still going strong into Spring/Summer 2023. Chet Lo.

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Aphrodite rising out of the sea may have worn this sensual, iridescent gown. Chet Lo.

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Insets of mesh or lace, strategically cutout fabric and showing lots of skin is called the sensual dressing trend; but you would have figured that out by now. Chet Lo.

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New Zealand-born fashion designer Emilia Wickstead is based in London. She keeps things modest with this long sleeved, high collar ball gown.

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Emilia Wickstead. Pretty sheer floral fishtail gown.

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Strapless lavender gown by Emilia Wickstead.

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Emilia Wickstead. A-line tea length dress in a feminine blue floral.

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Sky blue lace with peplum accent. Emilia Wickstead. This color is a must-have for next season.

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Black lace ensemble by Emilia Wickstead.

Watch the lovely Emilia Wickstead runway show here.

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Dame Vivienne Westwood. A day at the beach with the kids. Menswear mini crop top and printed trousers.

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Draped sweetheart neckline mini in a rich jade tone. Mega slides complete the look. Vivienne Westwood.

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Bold perforated mesh shorts sets. Vivienne Westwood.

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Trim printed taupe suit. Vivienne Westwood. A signature pearl orb necklace completes the look.

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Christopher Kane. Pieced lace top with bouffant mini create a dramatic silhouette. Note the fab red heels.

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Short sleeves and a Mandarin collar give this lush floral mini a Far eastern flair. Christopher Kane.

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Diaphanous layers of daffodil yellow silk craft a delicate and ephemeral looking ensemble. Christopher Kane.

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A joyful riot of colorful florals quilted into a sweet mini suit. Christopher Kane.

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Shimmering sky blue silk cape paired with aqua sheath dress by talented designer Michael Halpern.

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Classic leopard print with a dramatic asymmetric train. Halpern.

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Bejeweled bow creates a dramatic focus to a slender animal print gown. Halpern.

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Sheer ruffled gown over a sequined lingerie style bodysuit. Fun and colorful wigs are an up-trending fashion accessory. Halpern.

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Show stopping glamour by Halpern.

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Glowing cerulean blue velvet embroidered pants suit with one leg of the trousers covered in sequins. A truly unique alternative. Halpern.

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Do the bustle! A fresh new take on a vintage silhouette by Rosie Assoulin.

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Black and white modern bustle by New York native Rosie Assoulin.

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Gingham reimagined by Rosie Assoulin.

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Calling all milk maids. Romantic corset inspired print dress with under bustle. Rosie Assoulin.

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This truly is a bubble dress. Silver sparkles by JW Anderson.

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Peach twist frock by JW Anderson.

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Computer keys accessorize this dress by JW Anderson.

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Palm trees and boy shorts create a tropical mood. JW Anderson.

Want to watch the wild JW Anderson runway video? See it here.

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Mirrored ball dress, a reflection of our times by JW Anderson.

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The Queen ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British history, becoming a much loved and respected figure across the globe. This simple T-shirt by Northern Irish designer Jonathan Anderson is a perfect tribute and grand finale to London Fashion Week.


Diane Weisbeck

Diane Weisbeck is a native New Yorker. A luxury lifestyle content writer, Diane was a retail buyer for Lord & Taylor’s flagship store, a product design/developer for Saks Fifth Avenue’s corporate office and a Director of Retail for major museums and high end retailers. She assists global luxury brands with their marketing and brand strategies and is also a Fair Trade corporate art consultant.

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