As readers of my FightForYrWrite blog will know, I'm a huge fan of the American fashion and lifestyle brand Kate Spade New York so, as they prepare for the next phase of their UK store expansion, despite the current sunny spell I wanted to bring you this look at some of my highlights from the new AW12 collection.
In March 2009, Belarusian model Maryna Linchuk opened John Galliano's autumn 2009 show. She was the embodiment of the eastern peasant top to toe; from the headwear to the pointed almost primitive shoes she wore. Two and a half years on, and elements of a similar aesthetic have crept their way back onto runways worldwide, both in Autumn and Resort collections, 2012 and 2013 respectively.
What would we do without Whistles? Solving smart women's sartorial dilemmas since the early 1980s, the British brand has become something of an institution.
For the last few seasons, designers have dipped and dabbed in their primary coloured paint pots and mixed around with hues and shades until their collections became bright, bubbling specimens of vibrant colour. But now, the Crayola boxes have been stacked away, paint palettes washed and prepped for a new age; the age of the return of monochrome.
British designer Paul Smith showcased his womenswear Autumn/Winter 2012 collection as part of London Fashion Week a few weeks ago. Eschewing the main runway space that the British Fashion Council reserved for most designers, Smith chose (for the second consecutive season) the vast and sumptuous surroundings of the Royal Horticultural Halls.
Corrie Nielsen is a fashion designer who is clearly not afraid of dissecting the history of British fashion and costume in order to find inspiration for her collections. Whether as manifestly influenced by Elizabethan court and drama costumes or by Victorian dresses and capes, Nielsen's garments are unapologetic embodiments of a personal reclamation of British ancestry.
Fashion designer Georgia Hardinge's star is undoubtedly shining brighter every season. Her Autumn/Winter 2012 womenswear collection, with the title 'Inverted', confirms not only her sartorial ingenuity but also her competent command of print, texture and volume as ways to appropriate art to the service of fashion.