London Fashion Week is known for its creative vivre, but this season yielded some seriously wearable and downright beautiful clothes along with all the wild flights of fancy you’ve come to expect.
1. Peter Pilotto
It was ’70s glam at the tiki bar for designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos, who showed a collection full of iridescent fabrics, lush floral prints, and show-stopping metallics.
2. Victoria Beckham
Celebrating her 10th year in business, Victoria Beckham put forth one of her strongest collections to date — grounded in reality but layered in a way most mere mortals can only dream of achieving in their real lives.
3. Christopher Kane
Kane’s unique brand of subversive and intellectual sexiness was on full display this season in a collection inspired by the films of David Attenborough, animals in heat, and the late Marilyn Monroe.
Riccardo Tisci’s stellar debut for Burberry was divided into three parts — refined, relaxed, and evening — with the 134-look show emphasizing sophistication over the street, and designed to appeal to every generation of Burberry customer.
5. Simone Rocha
Ever the romantic, this season Simone Rocha’s collection took inspiration from her Hong Kong roots with prints derived from the portraits of Tang dynasty concubines and her own musings on Qingming, the Chinese equivalent of the Day of the Dead.
The collection may have been inspired by London queer history heroes Frederick Park and Ernest Boulton, who lived openly as women in the 1860s, but it was pure Erdem through and through with puffed sleeves, velvet brocades, delicate lace, and plenty of gorgeous gowns.
Delpozo’s usual mix of structure and sweetness felt especially captivating this season.
Grounded by an earthy color pallet and sensible shoes — chunky-heeled boots for day and flats for night — Ilincic’s spring collection was at once totally wearable and utterly special.
9. Mary Katrantzou
For her 10th anniversary show, Katrantzou revisited the successes of collections past in fresh and ultra-luxe new ways — from stamps and banknotes to interiors and insects.