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LFW: SS23 – A Celebration of Black Designers

LFW: SS23 – A Celebration of Black Designers

It may not be back in the conventional sense, but London Fashion Week is here in the form of a digital-physical hybrid. Where accessory clad fashionistas line the streets, and feathers, sequins and captivating colour blocking brighten up grey London neighbourhoods, there will certainly be a buzz in the air. With rising stars set to debut new collections, and cult favourites making their highly anticipated return to the catwalks, we cannot wait to see what the new season has in store.

The fashion industry has long been scrutinised for a severe lack of inclusivity and diversity, however in recent years we have noticed more and more black models and designers emerging and bringing with them a vision that is catapulting the fashion world as we know it. So, in anticipation of perhaps the most fashionable month of the year, we take a look at our favourite black designers showing this month, and what we hope to see from them this season.

Feben

Feben

Drawing inspiration from Isabella Blow, it’s clear to see that Feben isn’t afraid to take risks with her designs. Her surrealistic approach to design draws on her nomadic upbringing, with lavish silks and pretty tulles in sleek silhouettes juxtaposed with the heavy movement of shearling and structured shapes. We hope to see models encased in wisps of sheer fabrics – think understated yet sexy – and colourful prints in homage to her roots.

Abigail Ajobi

Abigail Ajobi

Making streetwear sustainable, Abigail Ajobi uses deadstock fabrics in a limited quantity and donating a portion of the profits to charities. Each collection has a theme, and her mission to highlight uncomfortable issues is broadcast through print-based designs – it’s each of these themes that determines the charity set to benefit from each collection. It really is a true example of clothes that look good, but more importantly, do good, too.

Maxhosa Africa

Maxhosa Africa

Taking knitwear to the next level is Maxhosa Africa. With bold prints and vibrant colours a core part of the brands identity, they have reinterpreted traditional Xhosa aesthetics into modern, wearable knits. The designs communicate and celebrate the brands heritage in a way that is accessible to all, whilst also ensuring sustainability. This season, we expect lightweight knits, bralettes and shirts in an array of vivid shades.

Look out for Feben, Ajobi and Maxhosa Africa at London Fashion Week, running 16th – 20th September

OTHER BLACK DESIGNERS WE LOVE...

OTHER BLACK DESIGNERS WE LOVE...

Camille Perry of TOVE

Minimalistic, floaty and romantic are words that accurately sum up TOVE. Created by friends brought together by fashion, this duo can do no wrong.

Andrea Iyamah

Strongly inspired by ethnic cultures and elements of nature, Nigerian designer Andrea creates inspiring swimwear using irresistible texture and a rich colour palette.

LaQuan Smith

Worn by some of the biggest stars in the world, Smith describes his designs as “an experience”. From PVC and mesh to fur and embellishment, his designs are the epitome of sexy glam.