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Harris Reed February 2022 Collection

A look from the Harris Reed collection from February 2022.

New York Fashion Week ended two minutes ago and a 26-year-old has cheekily diverted our attention across the pond.

Harris Reed — the American Central Saint Martins grad of Harry Styles-in-Vogue-in-a-ball-gown fame — kicked off London Fashion Week Thursday night with an intimate presentation at Saint John the Evangelist Church featuring live vocals from Sam Smith. It was only Reed’s second show ever, and yet the designer’s latest demi-couture offering had the elaborate reveal from an accomplished fashion veteran. Reed’s cultural relevance, coupled with a sartorial vision that sees the beauty of gender fluidity, has contributed to the industry’s fascination with young creatives. And with increased interest come opportunities (Reed’s already worked with Dolce & Gabbana, Etro and Missoma) and better resources: For this February 2022 line, Reed graduated developing the garments at school or at home, designing for the first time from a fully functioning workshop. The right workroom gives the demi-couture creations a sense of sophistication, allowing Reed to hone and develop various techniques.

Titled “60 Years a Queen” after Sir Herbert Maxwell’s 1897 book about Queen Victoria, the collection features monarchical details rendered in rich jewel tones and decadent lace. Reed expands on the concept by linking monarch and coronation cabinets to today’s club kid scene.

“This is not so much a direct interpretation of the British monarchy’s dress style, but rather a look at how the club kid scene has long borrowed, lent and built on the royal wardrobe,” the collection notes say. “Whether that be in collared necklines, masks and ceremonial crowns or through evocative painted faces from the Elizabethan era.”

When designing for queer interpretations of kings and queens, Reed confidently plays with proportion and volume. The result is the perfect glam rock flared pants, bold fishtail skirts and giant bow ties that hold their shape all night long. Reed teamed up with Vivienne Lake to perfect the now signature wide-brimmed headwear and introduce new towering headtops; the designer also collaborated with artist Cassie Rendle on a bust piece for a half male, half female torso.

Continuing Reed’s commitment to sustainable practices, the collections upcycled 100-year-old upholstery fabrics donated by the Italian Bussandri family to give life to the royal vision; the designer also bought dead stock sequins from a London supplier and reused and handpainted every feather from the Dolce & Gabbana Met Gala look that Reed helped create for Iman.

Check out the February 2022 Harris Reed collection in the gallery below.

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