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Tuesday 23 February 2016


REPORT BY Heath Brown Photography by Sean Cunningham

Whether looking forward or to the past, London, as ever, offers diverse inspiration. Here’s the round-up…

BLOOMSBURY HEROINES: Who could be more English than Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell? Perfect muses for the modern intelligentsia, their long-line midi silhouettes have been the heroes of LFW, ritzed up with a little sparkle for evening (right, at Erdem).

TACTILE TEXTILES: Everyday coats, dresses and trouser suits are transformed in sumptuous velvet, which looks suddenly modern.

THE SUPER SLEEVE: Blown-out sleeves created a puffa effect, while hang-loose cuffs are wonderfully impractical. Just avoid the soup.

CREEPY VICTORIANA: Heads firmly in history books, designers went for a raggedy doll-in-a rocking-chair type of Victoriana, with hints of Alice in Wonderland surrealism. In a good way.

BEDDING DOWN: Thoughts of the bedroom were never far away from the catwalks, as oversized quilting and luxe bed jackets made for a cosy night out on the tiles.

NUANCED KNITS: Streamlined cashmere jumpers were tucked into skirts for day to accentuate the waist, and worn long by night.

TORN AND FRAYED: A little more edgy were the deliberately dishevelled looks – ripped and shrunken in a very considered way. 80S/90S MASH-UP: Designers plundered the new romantic, punk, rave and pop scenes of the era. Consider style influences from Adam Ant to Pac-Man.

PUNCTUATION MARQUES: Paragraphs of red and stanzas of mustard are key colours this season, punctuated by apostrophes of pink.

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