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London fashion week round-up

This time last week, starlets were out in force to view the first of the two London Fashion Weeks of 2012. This spectacle is exclusive to buyers, fashion critics and the press.

Actors, models and other fashion hungry celebs lined the frow (that’s front row to you and me) to catch a glimpse of the trends that will be bursting onto the scene in Autumn this year and the trends that we will be looking fabulous in through to Spring 2013. Next year will be London Fashion Week’s 30th birthday.

Organised by the British fashion council, a company focused on promoting our fashion to a global audience, London fashion week was held in the Natural History Museum. It spanned from 17th to 21st February with menswear day falling on day six.

This week was one to remember with Stella McCartney’s spectacular ‘flash mob fashion’. Instead of a conventional catwalk, McCartney had the models dancing on tables and chairs while the fashion elite sat down to a six-course, black-tie meal. The atmosphere was described by some as ‘electric’ and the line was quite frankly Stella.

In amongst the madness, Autumn/Winter wardrobes were being dictated, so I have complied some of the key trends to keep your eyes peeled for when the autumn months creep back around:

  • Military: lapels and khaki were seen from the Topshop catwalk to Victoria Beckham’s. To keep the trend looking understated go for either a khaki dress or a black jacket with lapels to steer clear of looking ‘costume’.
  • Animal prints: from cats, to owls, to foxes you’ll be hard pushed to find a jumper this year that’s not adorned with some kind of cuddly critter. Burberry Prorsum kept the prints from looking too cutesy with jewelled appliqué versions.
  • Bomber Jackets: Yep, you read that right. Boys and girls will be donning the padded bomber jacket mainly in muted tones to keep warm in the colder months.
  • Brights: There will be more colour clashing, especially in purples, yellows, deep blues and reds. Keeping it warm and snuggly look for bright knits.
  • Tailoring: Tuxedo jackets, skinny trousers and pencil skirts are going to be big in evening wear. Jackets will be oversized and ‘man-ish’ but staying ladylike and svelte on the bottom half.
  • Metallics: Golds will be especially big too, from trousers to oversize tees. Wear them with blacks or muted colours to keep the look understated.

So, let’s keep up with New York Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s perception of British girls, who she described as “better dressed than anybody” and look fab all year.