backstage at jonathan saunders by anna bauer
Report by heath brown

So many ideas, so many trends and not a glaringly obvious theme in sight. But hey, that’s London for you, always brimming with creativity. So what were the key looks this week?

Fabrics were intended to jar with one another: rich, shiny velvet combined with fine gossamer chiffon and heavy leather did not look amiss worn with soft knits. It’s all about mixed media – and sleeves in contrasting material, which looked like another garment was being worn beneath. Textured fur next to fine felted wool? No problem.

Darks are always an A/W staple, but this season they were sludgy in tone, which contrasted with flashes of electric colour and accents of neon to uplift any outfit. Sportswear met haute in a new take on luxe, while other dress-down themes were given a makeover, with arts-and-crafts techniques reworked with finesse.

If one overall feel can be found, it’s refinement. London has finally grown up and realised wacky ideas alone cannot a successful business make. True creativity reigns.

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