The Fashion Circus Comes To Town.

Aside from our mental cat costing £100 in vets bills due to fighting, this week has been uneventful.

The crazy cat managed to splatter blood ‘Jackson Pollock’ style, up the walls and all over my unwashable, sisal carpet, (don’t ever get one, they look great but seriously they can’t be cleaned!)

Anyway, onto more interesting stuff…

London Fashion Week is now in full swing, so here are my favourites thus far; with a New York highlight  from the previous week, thrown in for good measure.

The show that everyone was talking about at the tail end of NYFW was Oscar de la RentaJohn Galliano has taken up residency with the fashion house following his dismissal from Dior in 2011, so this show was much-anticipated. It didn’t disappoint. An ultra glamorous and feminine collection, crammed full of strong silhouettes, vivid colours, opulent fabric and textures, cinched, belted waists and drama. It is pure speculation as to whether Galliano had a hand in this collection but there were telltale signs throughout. LOVE IT!!

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First up for London is Clements Ribeiro –  Large florals, brocades, lace and tartan were all mixed together, creating the eclectic mix of print and pattern that Clements Ribeiro are so known for. The range had a ‘punkier’, less bohemian feel to it than past seasons, and the use of a predominantly red and black colour palette backed up this harder, edgier look. I love their trademark knit pieces and they were there in abundance.

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I have a slight obesession with all things Mulberry so this collection is a no brainer and must be blogged about. Sticking to Mulberry’s English heritage, Emma Hill used plaids, tweeds, leather and traditional fabrics but added a playful twist; mixing them with fur trims, prints of woodland creatures and autumnal floral. Sleeve details and skirts worn over trouser were big news, (incidentally, skirts over trousers are cropping up a fair bit). The use of deep, autumnal colours all worked to create a sophisticated collection with a hint of humour.

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Temperley London– A favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge, this is a brand with a very feminine handwriting. Known for it’s occasionwear, A/W’13 retained its full length gowns but added a more daywear feel to the range. Inspired by Tippi Hedren the outfits had a retro theme to them. Structured dresses, and skirts boxy jacket, and stylish coats were sent down the catwalk in a dark colour palette, highlighted with emerald green. I totally want this collection!!!

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Finally Rhianna for River Island – Not a particular favourite but this has been a much hyped collaboration. so I was interested to see what delights Rhianna and her co designer Adam Selman had conjured up. They describe the collection as “urban- inspired, unfussy with a hint of uptown” targeted at “cool hip girls who aren’t super thin” Definitely not for me but then I’m definitely not a “cool hip girl”, probably spot on for the River Island target customer.

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So there we have it, so far… Any of these collection ticking the box?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

More of LFW in my next post.

Until next time…

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