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  1. LFW: Day 3

    I spent a good deal of day 3 preening and having an amazing time at the Topshop Unique Show but that didn’t mean that there wasn’t more fashion going on! Some of Britain’s biggest hitters showed their latest wares (or should that be wears) and my ‘must-have’ coat list is expanding at a frightening rate. It will be a real challenge to put a top 10 together this season! #FirstWorldProblems

    Flashes of red

    Justin and Thea’s Preen collection was a little ‘polished punk’ (that’s my new phrase – don’t wear it out) and was reportedly influenced by a post-apocalyptic film called ‘Jubilee’, hence perhaps the slashes of red. Leather skirts had slits, kilts and biker jacked reigned supreme (a personal YES!) and studs and zips featured heavily- some pockets you could even zip right off. Handy. Holly Fulton’s show was also a teensy bit punk inspired but if course a lot of Art Deco featured too. There were lipstick dresses, love token prints, drop waists and lovely geometric cube-type patterns.

    Topshop Unique also showcased plenty of patent red leather and scarlet patterned separates, but you’ll have to switch to our Topshop blog to read all about it! And Paul Smith clashed his deep reds with opulent deep pinks and rich plums for some beautiful tonal colour-blocking that looked fresh but refined.

    Ladies in red at Preen, Holly Fulton, Topshop Unique and Paul Smith

    Check mate

    Mulberry referenced the 1990s (which has been EVERYWHERE this fashion week) with skirt and trouser combos and textured checks…although the occasional woodland animal snuck in…thank goodness! It wouldn’t be Mulberry without them. Emilia Wickstead’s collection was similarly English but very prim and proper, as you’d expect. Plaid, pleats, impeccable tailoring and flared feminine shapes with occasional rose prints combined for a modern twist on heritage ladylike.

    Temperley London channelled Hitchcock muse Tippi Hedren, which gave the collection a sexier, broodier mood than the super summery floral collection of this season (surprise surprise!)I loved the early sixties shapes and will have to invest in a pair of cats eye glasses.

    Different checks at Mulberry and Temperley London

     Pattern and print

    In recent years London has emerged as the premiere fashion capital of print and day 3 was particularly prodigious on the print front. Temperley London and Vivienne Westwood gave us very different stripes. Jonathan Saunders’ show was typically restrained with a focus on beautiful colours and texture but there were also stripes too. Sexy but totally wearable, he told Vogue that it was all about womanhood, 1950s pin-ups ad Diana Dors. I adored the slightly jarring but muted colour palette and the underwear as outerwear details were just the right amount of naughty. It was incredibly sophisticated and provocative in a quiet but sexy way. LOVED it.

    Print: Temperley London, Vivienne Westwood, Whistles and L’Wren Scott

    High street favourite, Whistles, gave a presentation of its new collection for the first time at LFW and there were interesting camouflage-like patterns as well as lust-worthy leather separates. Arguably the contemporary queen of print, Mary Katrantzou, took a darker, more sophisticated and slightly sinister direction to her usually exuberant and fun prints, often composed of florals and unusual found objects. For this collection she was reportedly inspired by the black and white photography of Steichen, Clarence White and Alfred Stieglitz. But it wasn’t all about the print. Japanese origami shapes drew attention to the stark landscaped printed on the garments.

    L’Wren Scott, who also showed at LFW for the first time, was inspired by artist Gustav Klimt and swirly lines defined her glamourous collection. Matthew Williamson injected some much needed winter sunshine into his collection and I picked out this delicious zigzag dress as one of my favourite pieces. Masculine tailoring and androgyny was the focus of Richard Nicoll’s show, which also featured zigzags, but in a furry way. There were also subtle florals and plenty of grey felt tailoring.

    Print: Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders, Matthew Williamson and Richard Nicoll

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  2. Review: London Fashion Weekend

    How many of you ventured to London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House over the past few days? We did and had a great time watching the ALICE by Temperley show and browsing around the designer discount shops.

    The good: Goodie bag aside (which was great by the way) there was a wide selection of bits to buy from seriously high-end pieces that offered fabulous discounts provided you had a spare grand or two, as well as super-affordable pieces. Plus there were heaps of competitions to enter, fashion talks, live music, fashion shows and perks for Vodafone customers. A great taster of what it’s like to be at LFW.

    The not so good: It was really busy – quelle surprise! Although there were some good discounts, we found there wasn’t too much in the middling price range to buy and we heard quite a few people say them same. If you opted for the slightly pricier goodie bag and fashion show ticket, I think you get better value for money than choosing the ‘just shopping’ option.

    Did anyone else go? What did you think? Here are a few bargains we spotted…

    Magical performance from Emily Rose? My mind is blanking on her name but she’s wonderful!

    Holly Fulton jewellery from £35

    Blumarine coat half price at around £500

    The fashion-focused bookshop was my favourite part of the shopping experience

    The Dolce & Gabbana dress I really wanted- a snip at £95 from almost £500

    Amazing Galliano gown

    Pics: Snap Fashion

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  3. LFW: Geometric wonderland

    Rulers at the ready and protractors poised; geometry has never been so cool! From hot hexagons to sexy stripes, titillating triangles and sensual circles, designers tessellated and threw some serious shapes together for mathematical mayhem on the catwalk. 

    With more shapes than your old maths textbook, take a look at this little lot!

    Holly Fulton

    House of Holland

    Jean-Pierre Braganza

    Louise Gray

    Peter Pilotto

    Topshop Unique

    Marios Schwab

    Pics: Telegraph, ID Magazine and London Fashion Week.

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  4. LFW: Geometric wonderland

    Rulers at the ready and protractors poised; geometry has never been so cool! From hot hexagons to sexy stripes, titillating triangles and sensual circles, designers tessellated and threw some serious shapes together for mathematical mayhem on the catwalk.

    With more shapes than your old maths textbook, take a look at this little lot!

    Holly Fulton

    Pics: London Fashion Week.

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  5. Top 5 Best dressed: Scottish Fashion Awards

    Alexa Chung hosted, Christopher Kane won Designer of the Year and model Stella Tennant was inducted into the Hall of Fame and Tali Lennox won Model of the Year at this year’s Scottish Fashion Awards. News over, lets oggle at some dresses shall we?

    Stella Tennant wears Christopher Kane AW12

    Tali Lennox sparkles in Nicholas Oakwell

    Alexa wears Christopher Kane in her own unique way

    Karen Gillan looks a-mazing!

    Dionne Bromfield looks hot in Holly Fulton

    Pics: The Telegraph.

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  6. LFW Day5: Mary Katrantzou vs Holly Fulton + power prints

    I am a Mary Katrantzou nut and in fact a bit of a digital print fanatic so bring on the detail!

    Last season was all about flowers for Mary K but for winter she has composed her trademark incredible prints with everyday objects (watches, bows, hangers, mazes, typewriters, phones…) grouped in strong colours with the usual clever use of symmetry. We particularly like the witty pencil skirt with pencils on it – genius – and better still the work was executed by Chanel’s couture embroiderers Lesage…quite a coup for the young designer, non?

    What can we say? The prints are inspired and the cutting exquisitely creative. Just enjoy x

    I'm head-over-heels for these blue themed prints

    Drama on the catwalk

    Details backstage

    A riot of colour

    Super pretty!

    And so to another with a penchant for print. Holly Fulton is best known for her Art Deco inspired pieces but she has opted for hot pink and bright turquoise in the winter (of course) with inspiration from Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Miami Art Deco buildings apparently. Then of course there were black lines everywhere – Fulton’s trademark – and plenty of sleek lines.

    But unlike previous collections there was extra embellishment and even a little William Morris-like detailing, giving what fashion editors think is a new kind of sophistication and I agree- especially the less lurid, more monochrome pieces, which I love.

    Turquoise-tastic

    I LOVE this dress

    A more sophisticated look

    Proof the printed trouser trend is here to stay

    Pretty in (hot) pink

    Some of the creations on a rack behind the scenes

    Pics from Elle, Topshop’s blog, LFW and my camera!

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  7. Topshop + NEWGEN designers unite for Centrepoint tees

    Your next high street designer collaboration alert!

    Put the 17th of February in your diary because t-shirts designed by your fav fashion people go on sale at Topshop and you can even afford to buy some at £30 each!

    The collection marks the 10th anniversary of Topshop’s sponsorship of the NEWGEN scheme, bankrolling some of Britain’s most exciting fashion talent – think Christopher Kane, Giles and Mary Katrantzou.

    You can buy online as well as at selected Topshop stores and Selfridges. Here are our 5 favourites.

    Erdem - love the collar!

    The one that I want! Mary Katrantzou

    Super cute and laid-back I'd wear this JW Anderson tee with scruffy denim shorts

    Hitting the right Art Deco notes with Holly Fulton

    Might need this Marios Schwab tee too. Love it!

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