London Fashion Week Fall 2020: Who Got the Weirdest?

There’s no better place on Earth than London Fashion Week for designers looking to let their freak flags fly. And from the look of the fall 2020 shows, even the relatively staid of the city’s stalwarts are starting to embrace that; on Monday, the tried-and-true classics at JW Anderson were peppered with bulbous silhouettes and what might be described as Chewbacca couture. We’re glad to see he’s joining in on the fun, but Jonathan Anderson is nowhere near on the level of a Bobby Abley just yet. Three years after he unleashed a number of gigantic Teletubbies onto the runway, the tried-and-true weirdo enlisted a different type of larger-than-life cartoon figure: Minions. Even stranger than their presence was their uncanny knack for strutting the catwalk. 

Minions also put in an appearance at Fashion East, though there was so much else going on during Gareth Wrighton’s portion of the show that there’s a good chance you missed them. In fact, the look featuring the yellow and blue creatures couldn’t have been busier; aside from an unbuttoned pair of Minions shorts, the model, whose head appeared to be bleeding, wore a cropped sweater that read “VOTE FOR BUSH” on the front and “VOTE FOR GORE” on the back, and toted a skateboard emblazoned with a head shot of Jennifer Lawrence. And that was just the beginning. 

In theory, Wrighton was meditating on the theme of “our gluttonous consumption habits.” In practice, he was offering up a squeamish mix of pieces like a sweater knit from used face wipes, a pair of hot pants encrusted with locusts and grosshoppers, and a take on Jesus’s crown of thorns made out of Cheetos. Oh, and he also tucked a dead plucked chicken into the crotch of one model’s exposed underwear. 

Jenna Marbles | Wool, Silk and Mohair sweater with Grasshopper and Locust encrusted pants worn by @millycope | Inspired by @jennamarbles following a Bob Ross tutorial | Makeup @terrybarberonbeauty using @maccosmeticsuk @maccosmetics | Hair @issacvpoleon using @fudgehair | Casting @goodcatch_ @sarahsmallll | Shoes Converse @converse_london | Thank you @fashion_east @_lulukennedy @natasha_booth @raphaellemoore @weareraven #fashioneast | Thanks @jonathonkidd_ @deanjfhoy for the help with the pants 🦗

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"Gareth Wrighton put a dead plucked chicken between a man’s crotch and a jockstrap with a picture of Thumper on its elastic band. “If you’re scared, just be scarier than whatever is scarin’ you,” Bambi’s bunny friend famously said, and you could relate that to a collection that played with themes of politics and decay." @anderschristianmadsen for Vogue. Chad Thundercock for A Day At The Maul, @fashion_east #fashioneast AW20 | @_lulukennedy @natasha_booth @raphaellemoore @weareraven | Thank you @juicyfuckingj for putting up with this. Pattern Cutter @pearl_whipkill Samplist @lena_eiram | with thanks to @jonathonkidd_ X

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344 makeup wipes, toned in varying shades of foundation, bronzer and contour, were shred, spun into yarn and knit to make this sweater, rendering the alleged image of Christ from the Shroud of Turin. Reappropriation of contemporary detritus, using the wrong textile to make the right thing, glitched states, excessive consumption, biblical narratives and the second coming of Christ, the Shroud of Calabasas, self made teenage billionaires, I could go on it is everything I want to say in one object. I just love the idea that you look down into your makeup wipe and see Christ in your negative, staring back. @jeffreestar doing a self immolation tutorial. Worn by @_badgalclecle_ opening my portion of the @fashion_east #fashioneast presentation @trumanbrewery @_lulukennedy @natasha_booth @raphaellemoore @weareraven | With @terrybarberonbeauty @maccosmeticsuk @maccosmetics we constructed a makeup look that followed the narrative of removing makeup. Hair by @issacvpoleon using @fudgehair with a Crown of Cheetos made by @freyadf | Shoes @converse_london | casting @goodcatch_ | pattern cutter @pearl_whipkill samplist @lena_eiram X thank you @jonathonkidd_ for your support as well X

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344 makeup wipes, toned in varying shades of foundation, bronzer and contour, were shred, spun into yarn and knit to make this sweater, rendering the alleged image of Christ from the Shroud of Turin. Reappropriation of contemporary detritus, using the wrong textile to make the right thing, glitched states, excessive consumption, biblical narratives and the second coming of Christ, the Shroud of Calabasas, self made teenage billionaires, I could go on it is everything I want to say in one object. I just love the idea that you look down into your makeup wipe and see Christ in your negative, staring back. @jeffreestar doing a self immolation tutorial. Worn by @_badgalclecle_ opening my portion of the @fashion_east #fashioneast presentation @trumanbrewery @_lulukennedy @natasha_booth @raphaellemoore @weareraven | With @terrybarberonbeauty @maccosmeticsuk @maccosmetics we constructed a makeup look that followed the narrative of removing makeup. Hair by @issacvpoleon using @fudgehair with a Crown of Cheetos made by @freyadf | Shoes @converse_london | casting @goodcatch_ | pattern cutter @pearl_whipkill samplist @lena_eiram X thank you @jonathonkidd_ for your support as well X

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Meanwhile, the best and boldest of the establishment also got in on the fun. The ever delightful, canary-haired iconoclast Pam Hogg treated front-rowers like Siouxsie Sioux to sights like a strong-necked model balancing an enormous gilded taxidermy bird atop her head.

She wasn’t the only one doing some heavy-lifting:

The experiments with infrastructure continued at Matty Bovan. Though in the Central Saint Martins’s alum’s case, the results were much, much hairier.

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