London Fashion Week trades catwalks for online innovation
Published: Feb 25, 2021 02:28 PM

Models take to the catwalk during the Burberry 2020 show at London Fashion Week on February 17, 2020. Photo: AFP

No audience? No problem! London Fashion week has gone ahead entirely online under coronavirus restrictions with designers like Burberry and Roksanda innovating to reach fashionistas in lockdown.

Showcasing its first menswear-only collection under the leadership of artistic director Riccardo Tisci, Burberry on Monday streamed its fashion show simultaneously on its website, Instagram and?Twitch.

Twitch has appealed to the fashion world because it allows a close-up and immersive experience for audiences and broadcasts their reactions in real time.

Burberry opted to use Twitch at September 2020's fashion week, the first time a fashion brand used the platform. The show had the look of a video art installation and was filmed in the middle of a forest. The footage has been viewed 118 million times.

To present its Autumn/Winter collection in 2021, models paraded through Burberry's flagship store in Regent's Street in the heart of London. As with the September show, Tisci was inspired by the draw of the natural world.

"For my first Burberry menswear-focused collection, I wanted to celebrate the freedom of expression. Enclosed indoors, I dreamt of the outdoors and its beauty," he said.

Burberry classics, like its trenchcoat, were revisited with a modern twist and the fashions on display used autumn colors of gray, beige, brown and burgundy, brightened by touches of blue.

The show by London-based Serbian designer Roksanda Ilincic and her eponymous Roksanda brand was shot on an iPhone at the country home of Oscar-winning British actress Vanessa Redgrave.

In the video, the 84-year-old actress recited a Shakespearean sonnet about the importance of family ties and modeled the Roksanda designs with her daughter Joely Richardson and granddaughter Daisy Bevany.

The three generations showcased the Serbian designer's oversizes dressed in bright colors and flowing silk.

"I'm just trying to find a way of bringing a certain positivity, passion, and beauty to the world," Roksanda said.