LONDON — With Simone Rocha’s Crocs collaboration, Uggs on the runway for Ashley Williams and Chopowa Lowena and Piferi’s blockbuster party, accessories took center stage during London Fashion Week, which concluded on Tuesday.
In addition to launching collaborations, designers have expanded their product offerings and showcased their recycling efforts. Many of them experimented with different materials or silhouettes, with designs ranging from subtle to maximalist.
Chopowa Lowena boots make their debut this season, joining Ugg.
The brand used the classic shoe and Scuffita slide as a canvas to illustrate the collection, inspired by Cornwall’s annual Flora Day festival, an ancient celebration heralding the arrival of spring.
The shoes were decorated with bows and covered with metal brooches in the shape of stars, horseshoes and animals.
Ashley Williams also partnered with Ugg, where models wore classic boot designs in multiple calf heights. The most notable pieces were the long pink ones that had the words “I (Heart) I” plastered all over them.
Rocha’s Crocs collaboration had a feminine touch with the addition of the designer’s signature pearls, crystals and beads.
She worked with the brand’s Siren Clog, a sneaker hybrid style, and used a palette of translucent white, black and light pink.
Burberry’s footwear included dazzling mules covered in gold or cobalt blue glitter, square-toe snakeskin loafers, leather peep-toe heels, and stilettos embellished with leaves and vines.
There was also a big belt moment at the conclusion of the show with a topless model wearing a wide belt with a large shiny buckle bearing the brand’s Equestrian Knight logo.
JW Anderson’s spring accessories were witty, playful and bold. These shoes included lined moccasins with small heels. Earth-toned crochet shoes, flat, and closed-toe sandals in a variety of colors, including bright orange.
The designer also gave his Bumper bag a facelift, which for spring features raffia and caramel leather inserts.
The brand has added a colorful touch to its corner bag, which debuted last February and is the focus of a new campaign with Charli XCX.
Designed by Stefan Cooke and Jake Burt, Stefan Cooke unveiled a pre-loved collaboration with Mulberry that included 27 recycled pre-owned Mulberry bags. Designers added bows, oversized ribbons, braided details and diagonal nets.
“We love the idea of reworking and improving our favorite bags, bringing a new level of history to the designs with an exceptional level of craftsmanship. It’s amazing to work with him and be part of the history of a brand that we have found so aspirational for so long,” Cook said. “This feels like a true marriage.” Between ideas and a new scheme regarding the previously loved design.
Alfredo Beveri wowed London Fashion Week crowds by celebrating his best sellers and iconic designs with the blockbuster ‘The Sunday Mess’ ball. It was a dance performed by people wearing shoes made for walking and dancing.
“Piferi heels always flare out from the bottom because I like one to walk with strength and stability. I don’t like that feeling of wobbling on very thin heels,” the designer said. The shoes are made in Italy using plant-based materials such as biomass and silk-free satin.
The brand showcased three shoe models; Nadja, a sharp shoe with a stiletto heel and a straight shaft; The Hera, an oversized hip boot, and the Rosalia, a high-top boot recently worn by Shakira and Cardi B at the Video Music Awards.
He worked with materials including denim, metallic gold, silver and his signature flame pattern. He creates the pattern from 30,000 graduated crystals, and the shoes are made to order.
Malone Soulier gave a Victorian-style presentation showcasing the brand’s signature silhouettes, including slingbacks with a corset-style satin ribbon. The mules are decorated with bows and wedges of pink fabric.
Ancuta Sarca named her collection “Florii” after the Romanian Easter tradition. The designer said she was remembering carefree summers in Romania.
Decorations included flowers handmade from used Nike sneakers. The designer, a committed trendsetter, applied flowers to his pointy-toe kitten-heeled shoes and sandals.
Among her designs for spring are pink suede clogs and brown leather boots with a tortoiseshell finish. She also designed a shoulder bag made of shiny crimson leather.
Sarka collaborated with fellow designer Dion Lee during New York Fashion Week.
“I love his work, I think it’s very feminine, strong and elegant,” Sarka said during her presentation at the New Generation catwalk at the Old Selfridges Hotel.
“We worked with dead clothes and rolled fabrics and made shoes out of them. We added my soul to its elegance, but it was still very feminine with the high-heeled silhouettes that I always use,” Sarka added.
Helen Kirkum Studio, which makes sneakers from recycled materials and waste, hosted a presentation called “Cobblestone,” a look at how products and humans coexist.
In the spring, the brand made its debut in bags and accessories, introducing keyrings made in collaboration with Re=Comb, a brand that makes combs from recycled plastic.
New bags included a crossbody bag made from padded sneaker tongues. A small bag made of woven shoelaces, and a gathered leather handbag.
This season the brand also launched a new shoe design: a slip-on sneaker model made of woven shoelaces and coming in black and white. In addition to the leather and suede that the brand typically uses, the sneakers were made of mesh and canvas.