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Tinkerbell, Climate Change and Currency Dresses - Day 3 at London Fashion Week

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Sunday at LFW was just wall-to-wall treats and it’s been a struggle to pick just a few designers to write about.  From Preen’s Darwinism early in the morning, to Lady Gaga rounding the day off at Philip Treacy London as a Tinkerbell light there was barely a moment to take a breath.  We also went for a few Elderflower Sours at the Matthew Williamson bash at The Scotch last night, and thanks to those sours and Jodie Harsh’s ‘banging tunes’ keeping us dancing far longer than intended, we’re not exactly feeling fresh this morning…but here goes.


Vivienne Westwood


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The Vivienne Westwood Red Label show was eagerly anticipated, as if there’s one woman who knows how to stage a collection it’s Dame Viv.  And this time was no different, except the motivation for staging the show was no longer fashion, but raising awareness for the climate.  Nevertheless we loved the ‘ladylike but slightly undone’ chic of the collection, from the jaunty St Trinians boaters and bloom adorned headpieces, to the full skirts, candy stripe shirt dress, cute gingham shift and even a scrunchie or two.  It was a departure from the collections we have seen of old, with less of the signature Westwood draping and shaping, although there was still plenty of rebellion with painted faces in red, green and yellow, intensely accentuated eyebrows and VW herself appearing at the end in her undies.  Whilst she told Vogue pre-show,  “My motto is ‘buy less, choose well, make it last.' You should wait until you really need something before you buy it. In fact, don't buy this collection,” having seen what is on offer, we don’t think this collection will last long on the shelves.


Margaret Howell


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From Margaret Howell we got a crisp, clean and very wearable, seaside utilitarian look, somehow evocative of a Basque fisherman’s garb- albeit a very chic one! Not deviating too far from her signature boyish aesthetic, there was a relaxed elegance to Howell’s tailoring, with effortless shirt dresses and cute sailor like touches - pinafores and sailor hats.

A simple colour palette of white, pale blue, navy and black and a tight collection of wearable classics reinforces Howell as a firm fave of the international fash pack including Alexa C representing in the FROW.

Mary Katrantzou

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Love, love, love we've fallen head over our mesh caged stiletto heels with the AWESOME SS13 Katrantzou collection. We were utterly transfixed by the myriad of bold illustrative prints, from bank notes - down to holographic effects-, to postage stamps, seagulls, flowers, mountains, songbirds- each one more colourfully captivating than the last.  Palettes were contrasting Picasso- esque or pastel iridescents. 

Pant suits were strong, some with tunic style tops - a glimmering midnight blue version provided some nocturnal smoulder.  The silhouettes were bold, with graphical- billowing full skirts added drama, whilst cutaway sleeves and halter necks added powerful allure for these mythical catwalk princesses.

Katrantzou doesn't Creates fashion but wearable art make way for designer of the year.


Temperley London


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The SS13 collection from Alice Temperley was just a joy to behold.  The ‘50s weighed heavily on this collection, from the satin bustiers atop sheer striped skirts, to the glorious print, full-skirted sundresses and cats eye specs.  Skirts fell below the knee and there was accentuation at the waist and a focus on naked arms, with accessories from cute wrist length gloves, to spaceship shaped hats and the lust-some Charlotte Olympia heels.  Think a walk down the planks at Deauville with your poodle and you’ve got the look down pat.  In the FROW, Poppy Delevigne, Pixie Lott and Anna Friel getting excited over a collection that already has us wishing the next six months away so we can wear it.

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