The Biggest Moments, Surprises and Reveals From London Fashion Week

The Biggest Moments, Surprises and Reveals From London Fashion Week

After having to cancel its men's edition in January, London Fashion Week returned with a bang for Fall 2022 with another mix of emerging brands and familiar names. Here are the biggest highlights that took place in the British capital this season.

The Big Names in the Front Row

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Some celebrities made the one-off front row cameo this season like Victoria Beckham at the Supriya Lele show (seated next to model Mia Regan, who's dating her son Romeo) and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw at Erdem. While others, like Chloe Cherry, were a ubiquitous presence, with the Euphoria star turning up at everything from Fashion East to David Koma.

Otzwald Boateng's First London Show in 12 Years

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British-Ghanaian designer Otzwald Boateng, the first Black tailor on Saville Row, put on a grand spectacle in the Savoy Theatre on Strand that was a tribute to Black excellence. Idris Elba made a surprise runway appearance at the finale after a night of musical performances, poetry readings and dancing onstage.

Sam Smith's Suprise Performance at Harris Reed

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Harris Reeds second runway show since graduating from Central Saint Martins, shown at Saint John the Evangelist Church, featured a surprise performance from Sam Smith singing Desirée’s “Kissing You” in a set that included everything from paper clouds to models wearing repurposed materials.

Amelia Gray Hamlin Opens George Trochopulos' LFW Runway Debut

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George Trochopulos' off-schedule London Fashion Week show featured a buzzy front row that included Jourdan Dunn and Drag Race UK alum Tayce. Amelia Gray Hamlin flew from New York to open the Greek designer's big debut in a collection that featured nods to his signature stripe motifs and deconstructed knits.

Model Maggie Maurer Debuts Baby Bump at Nensi Dojaka

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Maggie Maurer, the striking platinum blonde beauty and muse to designers like Peter Do and Daniel Roseberry of Schiaparelli, walked LVMH Prize Winner Nensi Dojakas' runway show revealing her pregnant belly for the first time while wearing a sheer sequin strappy dress.

Boys Boys Boys at Simone Rocha

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Simone Rocha's new collection played with many of her familiar tropes — big sleeves, exaggerated ruffles and pearl embellishments — but for Fall she introduced boy models for the first time, each of whom wore not masculine-leaning pieces but her usual signatures like opera gloves, tiered skirts and layers of tulle.

Violet Chachki's Dominatrix Turn at Richard Quinn

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Richard Quinn has always had a latex and fetish streak, which made drag star Violet Chachki's dominatrix moment at his runway show — complete with a leash and latex human dog — a fitting gesture.