The best of Spring/Summer 2022

 

Forget the sweatpants and hoodies you’ve been wearing for eighteen months – style is back in full force this September, with London Fashion Week dominating the headlines and putting heels and hemlines back at the forefront of everyone’s minds. And whilst we’re enjoying such beautiful weather, there’s never been a better time to visit Mount Street’s endless array of boutiques in the crisp autumn sunshine. Home to the highest number of flagship stores in one area within in the UK, it’s the fashion destination to visit if you’re in London; here, we take a look at some of Mayfair’s most renowned names who have been creating a buzz at the Spring/Summer 2022 shows.

Simone Rocha

 

 

The ancient blended effortlessly with the future at Simone Rocha’s spring collection. Held at London’s oldest parish church, St Bartholomew the Great, the pieces were inspired by christenings, communion, and new beginnings, and demonstrated a sense of purity with an offering full of demure ivory lace, tulles and broderie anglaise. Created with a focus on texture – the designer had acknowledged at a prior preview that people will be up close and personal with the clothes for the first time in a while – satin ties cinched in silhouettes, whilst layers of translucent gauze gave a dreamy, ethereal aesthetic to the collection. 

Erdem

 

 

A recent transplant to Bloomsbury, Erdem Moralioglu has not only made his home in the stylish, historic London neighbourhood, but chose to showcase his spring collection there too. Amidst the towering columns of the British Musuem’s colonnade, the famed designer presented a spring collection that nods to a sense of old-world glamour. High necks and maxi skirts opened the show, a touch of Victoriana spliced with delicately embellished florals and broderie anglaise, whilst feminine hats contrasted with boyish brogues – the collection giving a nod to Edith Sitwell and Ottoline Morrell, two notable Bloomsbury residents renowned for their height, style and literary legacies. 

Roland Mouret

 

Clean lines accompany loose silhouettes in Roland Mouret’s Spring/Summer 2022 video – the designer having chosen to go digital with a twelve minute short film named Terma. Shot in Greece, the film retells the story of Ulysses in a modern setting, showcasing a collection filled with relaxed feminine glamour; the designs are looser than usual, but still feature immaculately folded cuffs and perfectly symmetric pleats. Contemporary, tailored and effortlessly ladylike dresses and trousers are at the forefront here, each designed in summer-ready bright colours that will put a spring in your step. Watch the full film here.

Huishan Zhang

 

 

Held in the palatial Villa Arconati just outside Milan, Huishan Zhang’s Spring/Summer show took place without an audience, and without the man himself – the designer being unable to fly from China due to Covid restrictions. The collection, however, was a celebration of the future; bright, bold colours were the name of the game, both blocked and printed, whilst Zhang fused casualwear with evening dresses in an ebullient show of confidence in the fun of the days to come; feathered jackets and dresses, embroidered and embellished tees and shirts were a hopeful nod to the resurgence of the roaring twenties.