London Queer Fashion Show is "a showcase of fashion for queer and gender non-conforming individuals," according to its site. "A chance to express and exhibit clothing for the people that believe in unique identity over gender stereotypes. It's a platform to showcase the most talented and exciting LGBTQ+ designers. It is a powerful statement of how fashion can look, without the constraints of gender norms."
In a world stillseparated by men's and women's fashion weeks, this event is a much-needed breath of fresh air showcasing the work of queer artists. But who exactly are the designers presenting at tonight's show, and what's their work like? Look no further--we've compiled some of our favorite pieces from each label participating in London Fashion Week's queerest moment.
A recent graduate of the London School of Fashion with a degree in Bespoke Tailoring, Goode has already established himself as a design force to be reckoned with. After a year-long position at Thom Browne, Goode's designs reflect his highly refined tailoring sensibilities, but also his dedication to challenging conventional ideas of gender through leather and silhouette.
Often exploring bright colors and patterns in her whimsical menswear pieces, Witham's recent collection took inspiration from Alice in Wonderland. Tailored suits sport heart and spades, and accessories included giant red hearts draped across models' shoulders.
Copperwheat is a Brooklyn-based textile creator, printmaker, and designer who's designed fabrics for everyone from Gucci to Beyonce and Susanne Bartsch. He's represented by Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field and a member of her art collective. His looks are colorful, vibrant, and based in painting and visual art.
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Designer Sara Weston creates each of her custom suits to order--there's no mass production here. Her brand makes vintage-inspired British suits for women, with a dedication to finely tailored androgynous fashion.
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Kraftchenko graduated the London School of Fashion this year and has created a collection seeking to subvert the male gaze and challenge conceived notions of femininity. Her work is based heavily in latexes and leathers, with blood imagery present in the details of many pieces and a color palette of mostly black, white, and red.