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Lon­don Fash­ion Week gets big­ger and bet­ter each year and from Fe­bru­ary 20th -24th at Lon­don’s Som­er­set House, we were treated to a mul­ti­tude of stun­ning de­signs that took the run­way’s by storm. Join our Ed­i­tor-in-Chief, Or­lagh McLaugh­lin, for an in-depth re­view of the best from Lon­don Fash­ion Week’s A/W 2015 col­lec­tions.

It’s not just the fash­ion pow­er­houses that dis­play their wears at LFW, lesser known de­sign­ers from Great Bri­tain also get the chance to show­case their de­signs on the cat­walk at Lon­don Fash­ion Week, some­thing I think is highly im­por­tant to help new cre­ative tal­ents shine in this com­pet­i­tive, multi­bil­lion pound in­dus­try. I love see­ing the con­tin­ued sup­port from fash­ion show or­gan­is­ers, re­tail busi­nesses, pub­li­ca­tions and other me­dia out­lets. The en­ergy builds, all heads turn, spot­ting and analysing each look as it ap­pears on the run­way. It’s al­most a game as buy­ers and celebri­ties com­pete to have first dibs on the best col­lec­tions. This is what makes it so fun.

As I watched emerg­ing new fash­ion de­sign­ers send their mod­els, dressed in their finest new de­signs, down the cat­walk the looks got bet­ter and bet­ter. What bright­ened up the run­ways for the fall sea­son has truly taken my breath away.

The de­signs had a lot of pat­tern and a lot of colour with in­creased em­bel­lish­ments that seemed heav­ier and big­ger. Cropped tops and high-waist flairs take us back to the 60’s.

Jonathan Saun­ders’ Fall 2015 col­lec­tion brought us a se­ries of retro printed, above the knee dresses in a mix­ture of vivid colours, teamed with over­sized round sun­glasses for those sunny winter days.

Over­sized coats, in­clud­ing a beau­ti­ful, floor length, bronze de­sign by Tem­per­ley Lon­don, along with shiny sil­ver blaz­ers and flared crop trousers added se­ri­ous glam­our for the per­fect winter evening look. Big­ger fash­ion brands, like Burberry Prorsum, show­cased sil­hou­ettes with flo­ral denim wrap over’s, open breasted dresses and wool knits to warm us up and keep us stylish dur­ing the colder months.

Chain-mail, zigzag de­tailed shifts with daisy ap­pliqués by Scot­tish De­signer Christo­pher Kane were bold and disco-es­que, while twotoned vel­vet and lace dresses fit­ted with colour­ful seat buck­les, which I took as sex­ual in­nu­endo, re­ally stood out.

House of Hol­land played with dif­fer­ent sil­hou­ettes, their neck­lines high as ever, as they pre­sented in a se­lec­tion of happy pink and or­ange colours in silk, satin and cot­ton all tai­lored into long, swing­ing trench coats, skirts and tops. These were ac­ces­sorised with big black belts, thin neck scarves and black painted boots for a chic and fem­i­nine look.

Lace, sheer and leather were also out in force through­out the col­lec­tions. Er­dem Au­tumn’s sug­ges­tive pen­cil dress in pur­ple leather, with cut out flo­ral de­tail­ing and a plunged, frill, v–neck blew me away.

All the de­sign­ers de­liv­ered way be­yond my ex­pec­ta­tions and I’m sure the ma­jor­ity of fash­ion ob­ses­sives en­joyed the de­signs from both new and es­tab­lished brands. I just can’t wait to be­gin shop­ping for my winter wardrobe.

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