- Words Liam Cattermole
Skepta makes a racket with his runway debut, while Kanye West appears from the shadows for Mowalola. Here’s your music recap of London Fashion Week.
It’s that time of the year again! When fashion’s ‘it’ folk descend on the capital for a four-day showcase of the finest in menswear and womenswear. Excitement and anticipation grew in London last week when Burberry took over Bond Street station, redecorating the sign and platform in its signature knight blue colourway. And yesterday, the British heritage brand invited a star-studded guest list to Highbury Fields for Daniel Lee’s second runway show at the helm.
Once again, music and fashion’s inextricable bond could be seen on the front row. Australian superstar Kylie Minogue graced the tent in a dark green trench while Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems rocked up in a maroon fur coat. The list of A-Listers goes on, but it wasn’t just Burbs who pulled out some of the most notable music moments from LFW this season.
From Skepta’s tennis-themed runway debut to Kanye West’s surprise Mowalola emergence, here’s everything you need to know about music at LFW.
UK Rap Unites for Mains’ Runway Debut
Everyone from Stormzy to Headie One and Little Simz to Central Cee could be seen front row of Mains’ runway debut. Created by Skepta in 2017, the luxe streetwear brand returned after a four-year hiatus for LFW, serving up a tennis-themed catwalk show.
Lava La Rue Walks for Natasha Zinko
Amongst the gothic camper chic of Ukranian designer Natasha Zinko were some familiar faces. Recent Dirty Hit signee and musical polymath Lava La Rue wore a patchy denim two-piece with a techy rucksack and carabiner-laced belt loop.
Mowalola Debuts New Kanye West Music
Lagos via London designer Mowalola Ogunlesi grabbed headlines at her runway last week for several controversial reasons. Soundtracking the show with an unreleased Kanye West song being one of them. Ye and his wife Bianca Censori could be seen enjoying the heavy 808s and industrial trap production.
A-Listers Arrive for Daniel Lee’s Burberry
Once again, the pride of Britain flocked in numbers to Daniel Lee’s Burberry show. Top Boy and grime legend Kano sat next to Blur frontman Damon Albarn, while UKG trailblazer Mike Skinner looked on opposite Nia Archives. Kylie Minogue, Burna Boy and Wizkid are just a few international stars who turned up for the quintessentially British spectacle too.
Oh, and Much of the Music was Composed by Dean Blunt
BBC Radio 1 broadcaster Benji B again put the soundtrack together for Daniel Lee’s Burberry show. After spotlighting Burial last time out, it was Dean Blunt’s turn to take centre stage in Highbury Fields, honouring ears with his enchanting monotones. Neneh Cherry and Mabel enjoyed a proud family moment when the TYSON featuring “Pressed” filled the room and ended the spectacle.
Unknown T Stars in LABRUM’s Top Boy Collaboration
Foday Dumbuya founded LABRUM in 2015. The eponymous label channels his Sierra Leone roots, and with this Top Boy and Hackney Wick FC collaboration, he’s only establishing it further. West African patterns adorn the jerseys and track tops, which he unleashed down his Spring/Summer 2024 runway last week.