London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week AW20: Burberry, Erdem and Christopher Kane among final highlights

Designers push the bounds of shape and space on final full day of shows, report Olivia Petter and Harriet Hall

Monday 17 February 2020 23:29

They say you should always save the best till last. Well, London Fashion Week has once again followed that mantra by scheduling all of the most anticipated shows of the season within hours of one another, with industry juggernauts like Burberry and Christopher Kane on the line-up and celebrity models like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner making their first appearances of the week.

Proceedings began at the very sociable hour of 10am – the fashion crowd doesn’t do early starts – with Huishan Zhang, where almost everything was soaked in sequins, from fuchsia polo neck tops to deep sea green gloves. Elsewhere, Zhang played with texture, added trims of maribou feathers to strapless gowns and adorning full-skirted gowns with organza embellishments. Despite the bone-chilling warehouse location, it was a playful start to the day. Next it was on to Erdem, the British fashion industry’s very own stalwart of florals. This season, the Canadian designer invigorated some of his classic prints with unexpected accessories, such as beanie hats and chokers, providing an urban edge to what is typically a show comprised of traditional feminine tropes.

The sartorial set soon migrated to JW Anderson, where Alexa Chung was seen catching up with close pal, Derek Blasberg, while Sex Education‘s Ncuti Gatwa posed outside with fellow actor Michael Ward of Top Boy fame. Christopher Kane’s front row was no less star-studded, with Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, model Jourdan Dunn and Billy Porter all present – though most guests couldn’t take their eyes off of acting power couple James Norton and Imogen Poots, who arrived in tandem, both wearing Christopher Kane, of course.

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