Where Fashion Knows No Bounds

During London Fashion Week, the streets become a laboratory for experiments in getting dressed.

Some people in the fashion industry think that London Fashion Week has become less exciting than its counterparts. But you have to wonder if those people pay attention to the streets.

During the shows in London, maybe more than in any other fashion week city, the streets are a sort of laboratory for experiments in getting dressed. The style can be so ahead of the curve that trends happening elsewhere are already considered over. Outside one show, for instance, I complimented a woman on her Maison Margiela tabis — a type of cloven-footed shoes that recently caused a stir on TikTok. Her response? “Tabis are kind of basic now.”

If split-toe footwear was tired, what wasn’t? Judging by the crowds, fuzzy sweaters that were tied around the body or worn in other unusual ways. There were also lots of neckties, often worn traditionally and by women.

And I noticed many people in Simone Rocha and Molly Goddard, two British labels whose feminine clothes are at once nostalgic, modern, casual and elegant. Fortunately, nobody I saw had dressed them down with Adidas Sambas.

Don’t miss the metal chain layered beneath her silver necktie.
The over-ear headphones and loose jersey were a stylish throwback to the days before streets became full of earbuds and exercise dresses.
Her spherical hairstyle recalled the shape of the pearls on her fingers, wrists and around her neck.
The pop star Charli XCX showed how, with strategic buttoning, a white button-up shirt can look far from buttoned-up.
Seeing their very different outfits side-by-side better showcased the creativity of each.
Her intricate wire earrings, though large, looked lighter than air.
Her dangly ear bows were the sort of nascent trend you can find in the crowds at London Fashion Week.
There was nothing twee about this mix of ribbons and bows.
The gauzy black layers and spiky shoes evoked London’s punk spirit.
The nascent trend of dangly ear bows strikes again.
While there are wrong ways to tie a necktie, this was not one of them.
With no disrespect to his graphic tank top, the patchwork-denim mini dress, left, and the printed denim separates, right, stole the show.
Her stripes commanded attention.
The wavy color-blocking on her blazer was more subtle, but no less striking.
She was a vision in lilac.
Let’s hope it is only a matter of time before they also become a pattern on a sweater.
The skirt’s front vent — and its ankle length — made her outfit more interesting.
With lush blond waves, the actress Kathryn Newton brought a dose of Americana to the Erdem show.
His red-tinged tie popped even more against the building behind him.
Her look had the clean lines and the timeless character of the architectural column she was passing.
The layering looked cool, and her smile suggested she knew it.
The rapper and singer Saint Jhn was a blur in blue-and-cream plaid as he headed to the Burberry show.
Her look was all about proportions, from the cropped checker-print vest, to the below-the-knee shorts, to the white crew-length socks.
A seamless, and rather satisfying, transition from white, to dark blue, to black.
The stone and brickwork had nothing on his chiseled features.
The fuzzy gray sweater and skirt, right, paired particularly well with her textured hair.
His men’s wear version of fuzz on fuzz involved an over-the-shoulder sweater with the arms untied.
Has the color brown ever looked fresher?
The shoes had an uncanny resemblance to the bench.
It was hard to say what dazzled most — the rocks in his ears, the pendant around his neck or his eyes.

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