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London Fashion Week Roundup – Trends for AW13

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LFW trends for AW13 are daring, tongue-in-cheek and always teetering on contradiction.  Voluminous shapes that make no apologies for their relaxed attitude will be trending alongside perfectly proper plum tones and chic camel.  Looks like it’s going to be a season of give and take.

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KTZ Images from style.com

KTZ presented a downplayed version of their cultish aesthetic with a collection ruled by volume.  Jackets and coats featured rounded sleeves, relaxed armholes, oversizing and elongation but were not to be outdone by wide A-line skirts, baggy jumpers and slouchy harem pants in all-over print. 


Ashish images from style.com

Ashish followed suit, managing to glam-up work wear including protective construction garb, with his unrestrained use of sequins bringing new meaning to ‘reflective’ clothing.  Loosely-cut vests, comfortably cropped pants and generous jumpers made way for boiler suits complete with harnesses, sequined kitchen aprons and a patchwork dungaree dress cut with a cocoon silhouette.  


Eudon Choi images from style.com

Man of the moment Eudon Choi got in on the action, with full, gathered skirts and pleated shirts, long curved capes and wide-cut pants in polished leather, creating an easy look with a strict matriarchal mood.

Plum Delicious

Red showed its sophisticated side for Winter, with deep, rich and delicious plum tones on nails, lips and hips.  


Christopher Kane images style.com

Christopher Kane kept it simple, using block colour in simple shapes but texturing with lace, cut-outs, rope, velvet, feathers and floral appliqué.  Liberal use of this juicy hue also included patent shoes, knitted sweaters and a cocktail-hour take on traditional camo print in plum, navy and mustard.  


Burberry images from style.com

Burberry Prorsum stayed true to form with tailored double-breasted trenches in patent plum leather, sharp pencil skirts and short jackets in snake but mixed it up with uncharacteristically cutesy heart printed shirts and dresses in plum and white.  


Erdem images from style.com

Erdem took a darker stance, combining plum with black lace motifs and brilliant collars on knee-length coats and pencils skirts, saving some to sprinkle on ditsy floral prints and stripe along knitted twinsets.

The Camel’s Back

Camel is the new neutral this Winter.  But before you reach for your old coat it’s worth taking a look at the latest style interpretations for this uncomplicated colour.  


David Koma images style.com

David Koma, go-to guy for a slick, futuristic frock, presented an editorial-ready take on the matter.  Pleating and ribbing effects were detailed on collars, hems and sporty body-con mini dresses, reminding us that there need not be anything shy and retiring about a good basic.  


Burberry Prorsum images style.com

Of course Burberry contributed a camel trench or two, sprucing these up with suggestively see-through latex that was seen on skirts too.  Slightly less daring options were a fitted, wool camel coat with a thin metal band for a belt, another trench punched up with leopard print sleeves and a chunky sweater paired with a printed skirt.

Fur trim

Unlike New York where full fur reigned supreme, it took a step back in London, preferring to make appearances on collars, cuffs and in one case shoes.  


Sister by Sibling images style.com

Sister By Sibling’s poppy presentation with printed sweatshirts, bold candy-coloured knits and delicate crochet, featured fluffy furs around necks, wrists and stitched along skirt hems in a spirited statement that was fun and refreshing.  


House of Holland images style.com

House of Holland, also not a label to take itself too seriously, took smatterings of soft fur and applied these as pom-poms to cotton jersey skirts and sweatshirt-style jackets.  


Eudon Choi images style.com

Eudon Choi’s floral halos, head scarves and heels were detailed with pom-poms too, with a fur muff and skirt also making an appearance.

Check me out

Seventies style checks stepped off the golf course this season, getting a make-over to suit their new circumstances.  


Roksanda Illincic images style.com

Roksanda Ilincic showed two-tone pale checks on a corseted dress with a simple ‘40’s feel and again on more flowing pieces, doused with acid bright blooms and a neon waist belt for a dash of irony.  


Emilia Wickstead images style.com

Ever the lady, Emilia Wickstead took manly checks and applied them to neatly tailored trousers, structured skirt suits and breezy gowns in flowing chiffon.  


Ashish images from style.com

Ashish showed tartans, hounds tooth, blanket checks and bold two-tone stripes (in sequins of course), complimenting his blue collar working girl inspiration with a little bit of shimmer.

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