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The Most NSFW Moments from London Fashion Week

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It’s a tricky time in Fashion Land. Sexual harassment is finally (!) being taken as seriously as finances. Diversity and sustainability are getting well-deserved spotlights . And it’s easier than ever to buy glitter on the Internet.

What does designer desire look like in the age of clap-backs, hashtags, and cultural reckonings? London Fashion Week had some overarching thoughts and trends—and they’re all rated R.

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The Sex

Christopher Kane Sex

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Christopher Kane embroidered his finale dresses with orgasm drawings from The Joy of Sex. He used the book’s famous font on several graphic sweaters, and even turned its chapters into techno-rap lyrics on the soundtrack. Spinning graphic sex into fabric art was an unexpected choice—this is a season marked with #MeToo discussions about models, actresses, assistants, and beyond. But for those with frank, fully-formed ideas about their own sexual identities, wearing a climax on your dress might be the modern version of wearing your heart on your sleeve. If that’s not your thing—and I’ll be honest, it’s definitely not mine—the laser-cut leather lace was chic AF. Figuratively, of course.

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Ashish

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Meanwhile at Ashish, a bedazzled sweatshirt that read MASTURBATE in MasterCard’s famous logo was pretty hysterical. Who will wear it first—Miley, Rihanna, or Dr. Drew?

The Drugs

Preen

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Also at Ashish, the whole place was aerated with “h-Ashish incense”—get it? And they basically hot-boxed the runway. Considering his loose theme was a Middle Eastern marketplace, the hookah vibes were right on, especially with the trippy tinsel denim.

Preen

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Preen went the pill-popping route, leaving two tablets on each front row seat (probiotics, apparently…see my photo above) and attaching Rx cases to belts and wristlets, along with locked-box keys. The models had glitter thrown in their faces just before hitting the catwalk, and waterproof floral poufs replaced regular raincoats. It was like watching uniforms for a femme-led utopia—which sounds like the ultimate Xanax dream right about now.

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The Rock n’ Roll

JW Anderson

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JW Anderson is an alt fashion rock star, and his latest collection took indie concert staples like Converse high tops, Army / Navy jumpsuits, and Wes Anderson peacoats and gave them an elevated—and slightly off-kilter—runway remix. Yay. There were moments of Empire Records absurdity—a bunny sweater, a donut keychain—and also a bit of soft-knit protest as a model of color wore a shirt embroidered with a smiling white policeman. It was half-chilling, half-hopeful, like a protest song that’s almost pretty enough to be soul balm. Almost.

Haim

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Did you catch Haim front row at JW, Christopher Kane, and Erdem? The California trio were proof that street style triumphs even outside of the model-tall, salon-blonde, logo-covered archetype. Rock on, sisters!

See also: Burberry’s “Laser Floyd” rave dream finale.

Burberry

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