The floral frocks on the LFW SS22 runways pack more punch than their delicate demeanour may suggest

Florals for spring? Not-so groundbreaking. London’s runways have been known to feature, well, a bouquet of pretty frocks adorned in every flower imaginable, no doubt inspired by the lush English gardens.

But this season’s floral prints, while still sweet to look at, have been infused with more meaning, with designers like Chinese darling Yuhan Wang using her lacy numbers to bring attention to women suffering from domestic violence during the pandemic. “I believe women in the 21st century should not have to feel vulnerable or live in fear,” she stated in the show notes. Wang’s collection was ripe with ruched dresses splattered in roses, butterflies and horse motifs that were inspired by female American ranchers and Victorian explorers. 

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Textile wizard Edward Crutchley—who also happens to be the fabric advisor to Dior Men’s Kim Jones—presented his own collection in an underground concrete music hall. Gender-fluid designs of everything from 18th century ball gowns to short shorts all wrapped in silver and copper jacquard dazzled audiences. 

Elsewhere, Rixo, known for their flattering cotton dresses in nearly every print imaginable aptly presented their latest tropicana collection at the Barbican Conservatory surrounded by an indoor jungle, and British staple Erdem, beloved for their sophisticated silhouettes dotted by elegant floral patterns celebrated their 15th anniversary under the pillars of The British Museum. 

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