Highlights from London Fashion Week 2012

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Highlights day by day

Day One: Sass & Bide

“Sass & Bide is dedicated to the strong, the obscure & the beautiful.”

This is exactly what Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton, former accountant and advertising art director have done with their Spring/ Summer 2013 collection. This renowned Australian brand sees structure and strong silhouettes whilst still oozing femininity for the confident working woman. The majority of their line was black and white but never dull with vibrant dashes of orange coming from just two looks, a welcome shock for the audience. No colour meant they could play around with texture, and that they did, feathers and sort of origami folding kept the eye interested.

The Sass & Bide woman is going to be wearing cut outs, sheers, tailored suits and flower accessories.

Day Two: House of Holland

“The House of Holland girl is cool, confident and savvy.”

A graduate from the London College of Printing with a BA in Journalism, Henry Holland’s brand is now firmly established. Stocked in Brown Focus, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Barneys and more his London show did not disappoint. His show was fun, fresh and (of course) young, he kept his London girl in mind and the audience was greeted with bright colours and funky prints. Holland captured exactly what young professional girls are looking like right now. A twist on the popular denim shirt by adding a Hawaiian-esque print clashing with an even more vibrant mini skirt was genius, with tanned legs even better.

The House of Holland girl is going to be clashing prints, braving canary yellow, wearing slogan tops and extending the hemline.

Day Three: Temperley London

“Timeless, feminine designs combine meticulous detail and embellishments with an English eccentricity and personality drawing on everything British.”

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2011, Temperley has gone from strength to strength, even creating a sister line ALICE by Temperley for the more accessible market. Their collection was simply gorgeous understated fashion, with 1950s shapes and pastel prints it promoted a truly nostalgic summer. The majority of the line was evident, statement dresses stole the show whilst a jumpsuit was introduced every now and then. Light blues were seen throughout and the head to toe silhouettes came from the extravagant hats and cool round sunglasses.

The Temperley woman will be ultra feminine with her belted floral dresses, pastel colours, sheer fabrics and natural make up.

Day Four: Burberry Prorsum

“Uniting punk with luxury, and edge with opulence.”

It is Chief Creative Officer of Burberry, Christopher Bailey who we have to thank for Burberry Prorsum’s adventurous and almost futuristic show. Appointed in Spring 2002, Bailey has kept the label fresh and energetic, which is exactly what this collection was all about. A new trench was shown from the iconic Burberry that any fashion lover would know about, this time it’s shimmery and pink, belted tight and structured. Jackets seem to take president, a new silhouette was introduced, the shoulder cape seen in white, orange and silver.

The Burberry Prorsum lover will be wearing every colour on the spectrum, teaming it with even brighter shoes, she will shimmer and shine standing out in 2013.

Day Five: Meadham Kirchhoff

“Feminine designs that are considered and executed in an old fashioned manner.”

English born Edward Meadham and French Benjamin Kirchhoff both studied at Central St Martins, Edward in womenswear and Benjamin in menswear, launching their own menswear label after graduating. Quite possibly a personal highlight of the whole of LFW, this quirky duo were on their game when they designed this collection. It was original, individual and unlike anything else that was shown in the five days of London Fashion Week. Everything was over the top, a few too many bows in one look, full length prints on another, it all worked for the show.

Want to be a Meadham Kirchhoff lady? Think print, think colour and think Minnie mouse.

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