The Wild, Weird World of London Fashion Week in 10 Photos

London Fashion Week may be only five days long, but the city that gave birth to punk, the Swinging Sixties, and quirky, off-kilter humor never fails to leave a lasting impression on the often-unimpressionable fashion world. Youthful, experimental runway shows here can push the boundaries between art and fashion, good taste and bad, wearability and whimsy. It’s fashion with a capital F. We’ve rounded up 10 that made us do a double take.
Osman
Osman

Osman Yousefzada’s clutch of models encircling a tree at his finale can best be described as American Horror Story: Coven meets Frida Kahlo. Which is to say, bewitchingly appealing. 

Photographer: Rob Ball/WireImage
Vivienne Westwood Red Label
Vivienne Westwood Red Label

Though the clothing was (relatively) quiet, the finale certainly wasn’t: a theatrical protest comprised of models sporting paper crowns and holding anti-fracking signs. And if the message wasn’t loud enough, the siren-laced soundtrack certainly was. 

Photographer: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images
Burberry Prorsum
Burberry Prorsum

Hear that? That’s the sound of ever-dynamic Burberry expanding its global fan base even further with its new Apple Music partnership, teased here with a brief set by British singer-songwriter Alison Moyet (and the accompaniment of a 32-piece orchestra). This and the collection's debut on Snapchat signals a huge millennial push for the vaunted megabrand.

Photographer: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Burberry
Marques’Almeida
Marques’Almeida

Designers Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida’s shredded, sheared, and, well, sheer looks conjure a Bride of Frankenstein who’s been through a rough time lately—note the unwashed hair—but still has just a touch of that newlywed glow. 

Photographer: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images
Giles
Giles

Giles Deacon’s dip into the silhouettes of Elizabethan England somehow took a detour to Eliza Doolittle’s Edwardian-era flower market.

Photographer: Mike Marsland/WireImage
Ashish
Ashish

Provocateur Ashish Gupta took gender-bending to a new place with this scandalous slip.

Photographer: John Phillips/Getty Images
 House of Holland
House of Holland

Remember that Coco Chanel quote about taking one thing off before you leave the house? Well, Henry Holland respectfully disagrees. Hunter S. Thompson glasses, Cookie Lyon cheetah-prints, Raggedy Anne patchwork—it’s all there and more. So much more. 

Photographer: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
J.W.Anderson
J.W.Anderson

Wunderkind designer Jonathan Anderson can do no wrong by the fashion world, it seems. (He’s also tasked with designing LVMH’s Spanish luxury leather brand Loewe.) Which means that someone, somewhere, may actually wear these, shall we say, “buoyant” pieces. 

Photographer: Samir Hussein/Getty Images
Christopher Kane
Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane gives new meaning to “tie one on” with his cable tie chokers. Perfect in a pinch. Christian Grey would approve.

Photographer: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images
Sibling
Sibling

If there’s one thing to say about Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery’s plastic, flounced coat, it’s that it makes an unforgettable exit. 

Photographer: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images