The X Factor: Julien Macdonald's collection of billowing chiffon dresses (from baby doll styles to gowns that were super short in front with a train in back), paired with Valley of the Dolls-style bouffant hair, had Cheryl Cole written all over them. Stay tuned for which one the singer chooses for her next red carpet outing. The designer's front row included Rachel Stevens, Cat Deeley and Macdonald's co-judge on Britain's Next Top Model, Elle Macpherson.
Showing some skin: Charlie Le Mindu put his pink wigs centre-stage by pairing them with candy pink patent platform booties - and nothing else - while Pam Hogg sent models down the catwalk in a modern version of a chastity belt: a lock and chains covering their nether regions. Alice Dellal also strolled down the catwalk au naturel, wearing an antler headpiece and a skirt-cum-drum which she beat on the catwalk. Welcome to the subversive side of London fashion.
Interior design: Surrealist painter Magritte and old issues of Architectural Digest magazine provided the inspiration for Mary Katrantzou's collection, where lavish interiors were painted onto dresses. Further emphasising the furniture effect, chiffon curtains hung from dresses while skirts were padded into lampshade and chandelier shapes with velvet and dangling fringe and models sported necklaces in the shape of candelabras. Our couch never looked so appealing.
Novel idea: At Basso & Brooke, fashion and fiction went hand in hand as the designers hand-wrote passages from greats like Leo Tolstoy, Honoré de Balzac and Leonardo da Vinci on their digitally printed dresses. Who says fashion isn't an intellectual pursuit?
Minimal glamour: Richard Nicoll's dresses for spring were a mix of delicate (sheer chiffon tops and bras, pleated skirts and flowing capes) with tough (fetish-style patent skirts, leather corset tops). Our favourite new way to do sexy for spring comes courtesy of Nicoll's skintight pink patent leather dress with a ruffled neck.
Welcome to London: Swedish label Acne, which recently opened a London outpost on Dover Street, made its LFW debut yesterday with a collection that's sure to have all the cool kids running come spring. Simple sportswear separates were done in luxe fabrics (like a parka made of silk and a leather biker jacket was embellished with gray pearls). The slouchy, oversized red jumpers worn over dresses looked super comfy and appealing in that insouciant, 'I look stylish without trying too hard' way.
Exotic appeal: Matthew Williamson's woman is in a sun-soaked, exotic locale this spring and her wardrobe is packed with lots of bright colours, with animal and fish scale prints. Maxi-dresses in parachute silk were floaty and dramatic - exactly the type of look you'd see front-rower Sienna Miller rocking on a Riviera holiday with Jude.
V is for volume: Antonio Berardi changed his tune for spring, with fewer body-con silhouettes and more of an emphasis on volume, with full skirts and ruffle and floral embellishment. The silvery looks were perfect for statement-making cocktail party wear.
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