Returning to the runway with a full-scale, fabulous line-up, Molly Goddard gave London Fashion Week big hair and even larger-than-life silhouettes. Growing up around Ladbroke Grove – just a stone’s throw from Portobello market – proffered a lot of great people watching for a young Goddard. For autumn-winter 2022, the designer drew on the homespun fashion and army surplus that became hallmarks of a youth spent West, but supersized the silhouettes and doubled down on texture. With high hair backcombed to look artfully undone by Gary Gill, Goddard’s girls and boys were the cool kids you’d want to hang out with were you roaming around Golborne Road now. This season, supersized sweaters feature heavily because Goddard loves the “silhouette of below-the-bum jumpers”. Also grazing models’ behinds are this season’s skirts, which are barely bigger than belts. “I love miniskirts on men, women, anyone,” notes Molly, before adding that she’s in the mood for dancing this season. Well, who wouldn’t want to go to a ball in one of these delicious, multi-ruffled gowns? In other words: still true to Molly Goddard customers who apparently can never get enough of her ruffly net party dresses, but this time with more in the way of sensible outerwear to combat the weather in the streets and plenty of cozy layers.
Collage by Edward Kanarecki.