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I wouldn’t call it a heat wave, no, but spring-like mild weather and sunshine appeared out of nowhere – to throw the fash pack into dismay for the first day of London Fashion Week. Why were we not rejoicing in this lovely weather? Well most of us had suitcases filled with heavy coats, faux fur stoles, chunky knits and stompy boots... all now totally un-wearable and leaving us show-goers in a bizarre mid-season state of dress. The general fashion rule soon became to just add a neon beanie to every outfit! On the street the perfect style statement was the bomber jacket, updated from last season with wacky prints and hand painted details for an individual look. The must have item was a Rianna Phillips digitally printed clutch bag, the perfect size for carrying around all those show invites.


TRENDS: The neon beanie, bold colours, and

statement printed jackets. RUNWAY On the runway the overall LFW on the

feel was a mash up of understated elegance, with grungy, laid-back cool. The decade in focus remained the 1960’s. It seems London designers have not yet finished exploring this decade. Christopher Kane embraced 60s shapes, whilst Erdem made low heeled, pointed toe shoes a must have. Both Orla Kiely and Burberry embraced the pencil skirt, with Christopher Bailey choosing a cheeky sheer latex material. This was the epitome of secretary chic. Oversized pieces and exaggerated shapes were welcomed by many designers. Vivienne Westwood Red Label showed a stunning, cobalt blue, oversized cocoon coat, whilst Issa took hem lines to the floor in sweeping sheepskin overcoats. Mary Katrantzou and Mulberry took disproportion to the next stage, creating pieces which moulded the contours of the body in alien-like ways. Jena.Theo took oversized to mean fun-sized with slouchy, smiley-face printed T-shirt dresses.

If you only buy one piece for the AW13 season make sure it is in velvet. Antipodium lead the way with rich jewel colours: ruby, emerald and amethyst. Don’t save this sumptuous fabric for evening, wear by day with sportswear. Keeping the colour spectrum alive was Bora Aksu with dusky pinks and deep purples in brocade and chiffon for a 1920’s gothic fantasy. Fashion Scout’s up and coming designers also displayed a fantastic array of colour, with YeaShin

Kim’s folkloric winter knits and Yulia

Kondranina’s elegantly

entwined evening gowns. Sheer whimsy showed a daring side of the designers, with huge, chunky, pastel coloured scarves at Henry Holland, who quoted “Nana’s at a rave” as inspiration. Whilst Louise Gray, as always, threw out the rule book and sent out models in glorious prints, accessorised with toilet roll rings and tin foil hats! The best thing about London fashion? The quirky, fearless and fun filled collections.

STYLEetc went backstage with Bobbi Brown to get the inside scoop on the catwalk beauty

trends. At Orla Kiely, Brigitte Bardot was noted as a key inspiration, again referencing the 60’s trend. A chocolate smoky eye and nude lip created a sulty, sexy look that was tame enough for the office. At Jena.Theo a grunge inspired look was created: a soft eye with a pop of acid orange lip influenced by the bright prints in the collection.

The easiest way to take on next seasons trend now is to add a blast of neon to your look, be it a beanie hat, colourful lippie or nail varnish.

by Pearl Westwood 13

Orla Kiely’s office themed runway

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