The fashion world has been blighted by incessant rain this week as famous faces, journalists, bloggers and buyers descended on Somerset House for London Fashion Week.
The Autumn Winter showcase started with a storm yesterday and seas of shivering brollies huddled around the main BFC show tent.
Thankfully our spirits were brightened today by Edinburgh-born designer Holly Fulton who has established a solid brand reputation in the fashion week arena. Fulton is a favourite of mine so admittedly, I'm always slightly biased towards her work. The reason for my admiration is her unfailing ability to design wearable clothes for the modern woman. I've seen several HF shows now and covet it all.
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For AW14 Fulton focussed on the wardrobe of the working woman. She meant business. Staying true to her love of graphics and pattern, we saw icy floral prints on dresses that fell below the knee, soft greys and clean white fabrics paired with Swarovski embellishments were detailed enough to make the subtle shades feel luxurious. Lightweight strapless metallic dresses gleamed on the runway as models stomped to the sound of 'Close to the Edit' by Art of Noise.
Yesterday's highlights included Felder Felder's sassy rock and roll biker jackets, faux-leather trousers crop tops and mohair dresses. The much loved German-born sisters secured a celebrity crowd including presenter Zoe Hardman, Made in Chelsea's Rosie Fortescue and Amber Le Bon to kick off day one in style.
Jean Pierre Braganza was the toast of the BFC tent on Monday morning. The London Fashion Week regular is known for his expert tailoring so a selection of relaxed trouser suits and well cut jackets showcased his skills brilliantly.
In the afternoon Daks' giant bearskins amused onlookers as the brand showed a series of London inspired pieces to celebrate their 120th anniversary. Creative director Filippo Scuffi embraced the Daks house check and included it cleverly on pencil skirts, jackets and to accentuate camel tones. Again metallics appeared on the runway this time in a dynamic silvery sheen on knits, jackets and in the edging of trenches and dresses. Metallics are a standout trend so hold onto the silver, gold and bronze bits and bobs you bought last year.