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Fashion Spy: highlights of London Fashion Week

After five days of London fashion Week, it’s time to say goodbye for another season. But there’s just enough time for a run through of the highlights.

Burberry Prorsum

Leopard print was the pattern of choice for Autumn/Winter with Burberry, Simone Rocha and Tom Ford showing their own variations. I was fond of Christopher Kane’s take on camouflage and of course I waxed lyrical on Sunday about Holly Fulton’s graphic prints which get more beautiful every season.

Theatrical elements ran throughout the shows this season from waltzing elegance from Fyodor Golan in The Savoy ballroom to the 50,000 falling dominos at the showcase of Anya Hindmarch’s new handbag line.

Speaking of accessories, the most inventive accessory was shown by Scot Louise Gray who made a bog roll brooch and scotch tape bangles look cool. Sartorial genius or eccentricity? Either way it raised a smile.

Both American extraordinaire Tom Ford and Rihanna for River Island were talk of the town. Both were showing at London Fashion Week for the first time this season. The former sentbomber jackets, cowhide skirts and sheer eveningwear down the catwalk with Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel spotted on the frow. The latter embraced her global superstar status with huge amounts of swagger, grabbing headlines with nipple flashing and string dresses.

Celebrity favourite Henry Holland also fuelled gossip by renting an NCP car park in Soho, laying out a carpet catwalk and putting on some retro beats. His wallpaper print dresses transported the fashion pack back to the 1970s and were a huge hit with his gang of London model, singer and DJ friends who graced the front row.

Holland also took time out of his busy schedule (he’s jetting around the globe over the next few weeks) to pop into the House of Grazia to chat about his new collection (inspired by raving nannas FYI). Here’s a high five to Mr Holland for bringing fun to fashion week proceedings.

Often referred to as the second catwalk, the area around Somerset House was full of photographers snapping show attendees. Street style hit a new high this season with fashionistas competing with one another in the funky dress stakes. Watching sleek polished editors mingle with Goths, drag queens and London’s gay community is always interesting viewing.

British fashion has been at its best over the last 5 days as an air of luxury took London Fashion Week to a whole new level. We’re officially up there with the big guys and if the fashion industry continues to embrace all that is British (including a House of Holland-esque sense of humour) we’ll continue to give New York, Paris and Milan a run for their money.

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