“We know anywhere can be a runway if your mind has something to walk down it.” These were the words spoken by poet, performer, model, and trans visibility activist Kai-Isaiah Jamal in the touching performance that opened the fall 2021 season of London Fashion Week. Reduced to mere pixels, this coed fashion week looked very different to the usual spectacle that overwhelmed the streets of the city just one year ago, pre-COVID-19. Gone are the days where poised editors swoon out of a London Fashion Week–branded Mercedes to take seats among photographers, while fashion students dressed to the nines plead for a glance of the magic at the door. Now everyone was invited—albeit from home.
Designers and their teams communicated their collections digitally, and with the ceaseless opportunities that come with technology, they did not falter. Both Matty Bovan and Liam Hodges experimented with distorted reality in playful videos that