The stars of the Royal Ballet were the focus of designer Michael Halpern’s latest collection at the launch of London Fashion Week today. Halpern, who featured frontline workers last year in their fashion week presentation, celebrated the arts in their Spring / Summer 2022 collection.
This morning he made his film debut at the Royal Opera House with dancers from the Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet including Fumi Kaneko, Sumina Sasaki, Marianna Tsembenhoi, Leticia Dias, Katharina Nikelski, Céline Gittens, Sae Maeda and Marcelino Sambé.
Halpern said he dedicated the collection to a technical study of the movement implemented by dancers, dresses and tailoring showcasing the types of movement seen in dance.
The collection was one of the first to be presented on the first morning of LFW, which runs until Tuesday. Halpern is one of more than 80 designers showcasing their latest work digitally this fashion week, while 79 will exhibit in physical shows.
Top designers to be featured include Emilia Wickstead, Erdem, JW Anderson, Roksanda, Roland Mouret, Simone Rocha and Richard Quinn. Described by British Fashion Council chief Caroline Rush as a “digital physical hybrid,” this LFW will have the most live shows since the start of the pandemic.
It kicked off this morning with a live performance from British menswear designer Saul Nash at the New TikTok Show Space at the Old Selfridges Hotel.
The designer drew inspiration from his school years for his first solo show, marrying references from uniforms to sportswear and daywear.
“I remember school in fragments, and this collection is about putting them back together, facing the past and in doing so, being able to move forward,” said the northeast London-based designer.
The waterproof trench coats had removable sleeves and hoods and magnetic front closures, while a short-sleeved uniform shirt was reworked as a zip-up jacket in crisp paper nylon.
Elsewhere, gym kit references came via dead-stock pique cut vests worn over technical short-sleeved tops.
The tracksuits and jerseys with an encrusted V-neck are reminiscent of the late-day uniform changes made on the return bus ride and the custom Nike Just Do It and Nike Dunks backpacks were the preserve of the cool kids sitting down. in back.
For Nash – who first trained as a dancer and is still a very famous choreographer – ease of movement is key and his use of technical fabrics, zippers and armhole vents have given his inspired designs. of streetwear a practical goal.