12 Unforgettable London Fashion Week Moments!

London Fashion Week
London Fashion Week (Source: Vogue)

Unforgettable London Fashion Week Moments!!

London is a distinctive fashion hub in the world. The fact that this city has always been a melting pot of many ethnicities and traditions may explain why it has given rise to so many unique style icons.

London Fashion Week (LFW) celebrates those style icons and all the other emerging talents, helping them to flourish even more in the fashion sector.

A model in David Koma, LFW 2020 (Source: British Vogue)
A model in David Koma, LFW 2020 (Source: British Vogue)

Similarly, LFW features the greatest in British talents, previews new fashion trends, and draws numerous A-list celebrities to its front row.

As the aforementioned bi-annual fashion extravaganza is just a couple of weeks far, let’s have a quick rundown of the major highlights from this fashion expo.

Here are a few of the most memorable scenes, which are quite an unforgettable London Fashion Week Moments!

Quick Overview

S.No Unforgettable London Fashion Week Moments Year
1. Shalom Harlow Twirling at Alexander McQueen 1999
2. Flower Tower at Philip Treacy Show 2013
3. Vivienne Westwood Bringing Climate Revolution 2013
4. Picking Cigar at Pam Hogg Catwalk 2019
5. Richard Quinn’s Kinky Show 2022
6. Simone Rocha Giving Wedding Inspiration 2022
7. Naomi Campbell Tumbles 1993
8. The Coffee Table Dress by Hussein Chalayan 2000
9. Victoria Beckham in Maria Grachvogel 2000
10. Nensi Dojaka Bringing Sexy Back 2022
11. The Duo of Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell 1991
12. Princess Diana as the Showstopper 1985

Unforgettable London Fashion Week Moments

#12. Princess Diana as the Showstopper

Beginning this article with Princess Diana, the Princess of Wales, who marked the end of London fashion week in the year 1985.

Diana hosted a reception at Lancaster House with the Minister of State for Industry to celebrate the end of LFW.

That year, LFW was only a year old and when Diana made her presence to it, it granted the fashion week a much more prestige.

Princess Diana LFW 1985
Princess Diana LFW 1985 (Source: Pinterest)

Time and again, LFW has featured royalty as well as different celebrities coming from different realms of music, fashion, and entertainment.

Likewise, in March 1985, when Diana graced the fashion week, it helped LFW to garner a lot of interest from abroad.

And not to forget the dress worn by Diana, which was obviously daring as she already had become a strong advocate for British designers.

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#11. The duo of Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell

We need not say what a trendsetter Naomi Campbell was during her fashion era. In the same way, the world has always admired the beautiful Kate Moss as she is another fashion icon.

The next unforgettable moment at London Fashion Week was in the year 1991 when these two powerful ladies teamed together for the Fashion Award.

Kat Moss and Naomi Campbell LFW 1991
Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell LFW 1991 (Source: High Fashion – Tumblr)

To illustrate, Kate was 17, and Naomi was 21 at that time and were known as the fashion industry’s most recognized faces.

Together, the two models raised attention during the London Fashion Week Designer of the Year Awards.

#10. Nensi Dojaka Bringing Sexy Back

One of the promising young designers, Nensi Dojaka, is the name you should watch during every Fashion Show.

Following her LVMH award, she is known to bring sexy back by presenting sophisticated, feminine designs which are always out-of-the-box.

Nensi Dojaka's show, LFW 2022 (Source: Hypebae)
Nensi Dojaka’s show, LFW 2022 (Source: Hypebae)

We are talking about the year 2022, which is considered one of the wow moments of London Fashion Week where Dojaka brought a whole lot of sexiness to the runway with her fluid, bias-cut, skin-baring collection that served a lot of skin.

The evolving designs were unique and seemed different from lingerie-inspired pieces and more into mature cut-out pieces that could be worn as outwears.

#09. Victoria Beckham in Maria Grachvogel

The next big LFW moment was when Victoria Beckham graced the event in Maria Grachvogel.

Victoria Beckham's Catwalk Debut at LFW 2000 (Source: Popsugar)
Victoria Beckham’s Catwalk Debut at LFW 2000 (Source: Popsugar)

As it was long before Beckham started her career as a fashion designer, she walked the Fashion week as a model, not as a designer.

In February 2000, Victoria had her catwalk debut wearing hot pants and a flamenco dress.

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#08. The Coffee Table Dress by Hussein Chalayan

The infamous coffee table gown by Chalayan is the next unforgettable moment of London Fashion Week.

In February 2000, the renowned designer Hussein Chalayan presented her distinctive dress in front of a live audience.

Dress by Hussein Chalayan, LFW 2000
Dress by Hussein Chalayan, LFW 2000 (Source: British Vogue)

To exemplify, she transformed chair covers and a coffee table into four gowns and a wooden skirt. The mahogany coffee table was the talk of that year LFW’s autumn-winter presentation.

#07. Naomi Campbell tumbles

Another unforgettable moment with Naomi Campbell was when she had a mishap in LFW 1993.

Well, it’s not uncommon for models to trip on the runway, however, Naomi’s fall at that year’s London Fashion Week was quite iconic.

Naomi Campbell falling down at 1993 LFW
Naomi Campbell Falling Down at 1993 LFW (Source: Pinterest)

Naomi was wearing Vivienne Westwood nine-inch blue platform heels and ended up on her buttocks.

Nevertheless, the famous model maintained her grace and smile regardless of her tumble, which is still remembered.

#06. Simone Rocha Giving Wedding Inspiration

Simone Rocha’s Fall/Winter collection of 2022 was a fairytale come true. As always, Simone maintained the line between dream and reality with her creation.

To illustrate, the bridal makeup Rocha opted for her dresses was just another level. As a matter of fact, the Euphoria-inspired get-up was among the most avant-garde at the fashion week.

Simone Rocha Fall 2022 (Source: Vogue Magazine)
Simone Rocha Fall 2022 (Source: Vogue Magazine)

The designer was inspired by the Irish fable “Children of Lir,” thus, taking a contemporary approach to bridal gowns with statement makeup, including sequin and pearl-encrusted eyes.

The models with fresh, dewy skin and gowns featuring puff shoulder, billowing tulle, and laced skirts looked phenomenal at the event, thus making it one of the most interesting LFW moments.

#05. Richard Quinn’s Kinky Show

One more from the last LFW of 2022 when the designer Richard Quinn served a jaw-dropping kinky parade with his two great models, Violet Chachki and James O’Connor.

Unforgettable London Fashion Week Moments- Richard Quinn's 2022 show at LFW (Source: Steal The Look)
Richard Quinn’s 2022 show at LFW (Source: Steal The Look)

Adding further, Violet is a real-life doll who has already remained a Drag Race champion. She dressed as a dominatrix in a full latex bodysuit and was accompanied by James, who was also clad in a head-to-toe gimp suit.

Chachki and O’Connor gave the fashion moment for the ages as the design created by Quinn was certainly an avant-garde as it introduced the BDSM movement to mainstream fashion.

#04. Picking Cigar at Pam Hogg Catwalk

Undoubtedly, Pam Hogg is one of the most memorable designers of London Fashion Week. Every year, her creations, her models, and the props she uses stay memorable in the history of fashion events.

In the same spirit, another indelible moment of LFW was in the year 2019 when Alice Dellal, one of the models in the show, dropped the cigarette she was holding as a prop.

Unforgettable London Fashion Week Moments Pam Hogg Catwalk Show at LFW (Source: The Upcoming UK)
Pam Hogg Catwalk Show at LFW (Source: The Upcoming UK)

The exhibition of Pam Hogg is always one of the most anticipated spectacles at LFW as she features a wide range of eccentric and nude looks.

While the aforementioned incident was a mishap, it looked amusing as the model later picked the cigarette from the floor.

#03. Vivienne Westwood bringing Climate Revolution

Fashion for the cause! The designer and activist Vivienne Westwood used the platform of LFW to talk about climate change in 2013 when she walked down the catwalk herself.

Unforgettable London Fashion Week Moments- Vivienne Westwood, LFW 2013
Vivienne Westwood, LFW 2013 (Source: Vivienne Westwood – Vivienne Westwood Photos – Zimbio)

Westwood wore a T-shirt with “Climate Revolution” written on it, hot pants, and a sequined hat. Moreover, she had one eye painted black, giving her a look of a Climate Pirate.

Vivienne wanted to use her status and gain the attention of all the big people attending the fashion week towards increasing climate change.

#02. Flower tower at Philip Treacy Show

Lady Gaga and her presence at the fashion show is something that nobody can miss!

Known for her fashion statements, queen Gaga served at the 2013 Spring/Summer LFW exhibition in the Royal Courts of Justice.

Unforgettable London Fashion Week Moments- Lady Gaga at the Philip Treacy Show, LFW 2012
Lady Gaga at the Philip Treacy Show, LFW 2012 (Source: POPSUGAR)

To illustrate, the singer/actress wore a flower headpiece that covered most of her face. While the ensemble was quite weird, Lady Gaga pulled it off, also donning a futuristic hot pink cape.

#01. Shalom Harlow Twirling at Alexander McQueen

The last entry on our list of unforgettable LFW moments is the 1999 Spring/Summer Alexander McQueen exhibition, where the model Shalom Harlow gave us something to forever remember.

Wearing a white strapless dress, Harlow twirled on a rotating wooden platform, and there, two robots sprayed her with colorful paints as she slowly circled around.

Unforgettable London Fashion Week Moments- Shalom Harlow twirling at Alexander McQueen, LFW 1999
Shalom Harlow twirling at Alexander McQueen, LFW 1999 (Source: Vogue)

It was during the finale of McQueen’s iconic 1999 London Fashion Week presentation. Shalom won the hearts of everyone, and the moment is considered exceptionally memorable.

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