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London Fashion Week catwalk blog: Motorway magic at Anya Hindmarch

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Next time you're stuck in a stinker of the traffic jam on the M25, it may help to consider your surroundings as a source of fashion inspiration for the ever-irreverent Anya Hindmarch.

Stylist's Fashion team - Shopping Editor Lucy Reber, Fashion Assistant Grace Smitham, Acting Fashion Director Sorrel Kinder and Executive Fashion Director Kitty McGee are reporting from London Fashion Week AW15 - keep track of their updates here.

Buy Emily Ratajkowski's blue coat

EMILY RATAJKOWSKI

EMILY RATAJKOWSKI

The Blurred Lines star has had a picture-perfect season on the front rows this season and not least at Topshop Unique's celebrity-bonanza, where she stood out in this electric blue number (£175) from the retailer's Boutique range. It's now available to buy - along with the outfits worn by its other frow stars to its show - here.

Our soundtrack to London Fashion Week 2015

Some of our favourite tunes from the shows...

Anya Hindmarch

Famed for finding fun in the mundane, Anya Hindmarch truly delivered on her brief today at a show inspired by congestion on the M25. The London Gay Men's Choir, kitted out as road workers in high-vis orange and hard hats, provided the musical backdrop as models zipped down the runway bearing traffic advisory slogans, including "Keep your distance", "Slow down" and the slightly less equivocal "Queues likely".

For the even more daring there were jumpers and skirts bearing cheeky "Soft Verges" signs across the chest and lower waist, while the most kitsch references came from Little Chef homages in the shape of totes and key chains, with the iconic roadside eaterie also providing the breakfasts thoughtfully laid out for the fashion set ahead of the show.

Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch

@littlechefcouk anyone? #AnyaHindmarch #AnyaAW15

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Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch

A coat that speaks volumes... #AnyaAW15 #AnyaHindmarch @jess_stam

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Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch

The London Brick clutch #AnyaHindmarch #AnyaAW15

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Christopher Raeburn

He's the master of high-end upcycling and as of today, savvy collaboration. Already joined in a fruitful partnership with Woolmark, Raeburn added Ugg and the Cara Delevingne-endorsed Wool and the Gang to his list of affiliates at his London Fashion Week show. Each model showcasing Raeburn's naval-influenced designs hit the runway in ankle boots from Ugg's new SoCal range, while Wool and the Gang's chunky, tasselled snoods and distinctive shark mittens featured as sea-worthy accessories.

Raeburn said that he was drawn to Ugg's latest collection by its "modern aesthetic and sublime mix of materials” and described his partnership with the Australian brand as "the perfect opportunity to mix femininity with functionality."

Christopher Raeburn

Christopher Raeburn

Marios Schwab

Marios Schwab shunned the runway in favour of a small, intimate presentation that gave us an opportunity to get an up-close look at his skilled work. The collection was a study of the human form and it is Schwab's consistent focus on the female body shape in his designs that makes his evening dresses so successful. The colour palette was crimson red, black, burnt orange and a hint of light blue, all in luxury fabrics. Double satin, silk chiffons and laid organza were hardened up with leather harness styling. Any girl would feel truly special wearing these pieces. SK

Marios Schwab

Marios Schwab

Giles

Kendall Jenner shared a gothic courtyard-themed runway with Erin O'Connor at the Giles show, where Dracula's dreary cape was replaced by far more covetable pieces - namely the architectural holographic ball gown modelled so dramatically by Anne Cleveland and the long, elegant cape coats in proud technicolour and geometric prints. The lady is a vamp. 

Giles

Giles

Giles frow: Bip Ling, Alice Dellal, Patsy Kensit, Daisy Lowe, Mary Charteris, Jamie Winstone and Gwendoline Christie

Giles frow: Bip Ling, Alice Dellal, Patsy Kensit, Daisy Lowe, Mary Charteris, Jamie Winstone and Gwendoline Christie

Burberry goes Boho

Burberry knows how to put on a show!

The name of the collection - Patchwork, Pattern & Prints - hinted at the '70's feel that we saw so much of last season and that has continued this time around at New York and London. Rich textures in the form of suede, quilting and craftwork gave us a high-fashion folksy collection, with roomy, double-breasted coats proving the strongest outerwear pieces. Gorgeous below-knee floral dresses had a Woodstock feel and the famed poncho that was the runaway hit of last February's show was reworked as a scarf and sent down the runway on each girl, again with the models' initials imprinted on the fabric. Clare Maguire put on an incredible performance with a specially-written song that gave the show such a positive feel. SK

70s vibe: Burberry's dresses offered a folksy feel

70s vibe: Burberry's dresses offered a folksy feel

Burberry's cape silhouette is going nowhere

Burberry's cape silhouette is going nowhere

The floral theme so dominant at Burberry SS15 is reworked in its famous macs

The floral theme so dominant at Burberry SS15 is reworked in its famous macs

Burberry: Tassels galore

Burberry: Tassels galore

Burberry's metallic confetti-strewn finale

Burberry's metallic confetti-strewn finale

Burberry frow: Sam Smith, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Kate Moss

Burberry frow: Sam Smith, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Kate Moss

Introducing the #Burberry Bucket Bag from the A/W15 runway #LFW

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Fifty shades of shearling

Aptly for this chilly February, London Fashion Week's vision for AW15 is all about fluff. If you were one of the many who invested in a heavy shearling last year - well done, it was an astute investment.

But there's more than one way to add a touch of the soft stuff to your outerwear. See how the trend is set to take shape into 2016. LR

Collars and cuffs: Retro style at Topshop Unique and Holly Fulton

Collars and cuffs: Retro style at Topshop Unique and Holly Fulton

Multi-coloured hues: At Matthew Williamson and House of Holland

Multi-coloured hues: At Matthew Williamson and House of Holland

Subtle: Paul Smith, All Saints and Preen by Thornton Braganzzi did a softer take on shearling

Subtle: Paul Smith, All Saints and Preen by Thornton Braganzzi did a softer take on shearling

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou hosted an impressive show at Lindley Hall tonight, as press and buyers from around the world watched on. With hundreds of international stockists, the designer is a highlight on the London schedule and Katrantzou delivered a colourful, texture-rich collection that showcased the creativity and talent she is recognised for.

Dark grey wool separates were first up‎, in the form of simple sleeveless tops, cropped flared trousers and a midi-length skirt with fishtail flared ruffles with accents of subtle colour. So far so normal. Then followed wearable day wear flocked with rich textures; hooded duffle coats, simple tops, high neck jumpers. Panels of heavy embellishment peeped through on the backs of dresses, inside the coat hoods and on pockets and necklaces. The creativity and imagination within the collection is a reminder that British designers don't operate within the usual boundaries - and the attention to detail; the choice of fabrications, were all incredible, completely unique. We did see some familiar pieces however, big collars as seen earlier in the day at Mulberry, sleeveless coats and dresses - a big trend in New York, red velvet shoes - as seen at Topshop. KM

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

All Saints

British contemporary label All Saints showed during this season's London Fashion Week in a first for the label but a move that makes sense given the brand's strong roots in the capital. ‎Heavy on outerwear, the collection featured a stand-out full length shearling coat, as well as more commercial but equally as beautiful shorter length options in leather and suede with shearling trims and pockets. ‎To juxtapose the big, textured outerwear were longline knit dresses, styled with platform sandals and ribbed grey socks. The overall look was one of playful femininity; girly dresses with military epaulettes, buttoned-up high necks‎ with big coats.

In another first for the label it showcased its first full handbag line. Four styles in varying sizes are all named after streets in the immediate vicinity of where the bags are made. A nice story for even nicer pieces; our favourite was the khaki wool shoulder bag! KM

All Saints

All Saints

Jonathan Saunders

At the end of day three we were treated to a vibrant kaleidoscope of technicolour at Jonathan Saunders. Describing his collection as "Joy and Optimism," Saunders really played to his strengths with stand-out clashing striped prints. In perhaps the most direct '70s reference from a season dominated by the decade, there were sharp tailored flares worn with Star Trek-worthy polo necks. SK

Jonathan Saunders

Jonathan Saunders

Temperley

The runway has been deprived of Sophie Dahl for 10 years, but today the doe-eyed British Super made a welcome comeback at Temperley. As if redressing two fashion industry wrongs in one show, Temperley also included not one, but two pregnant models, cementing it as the girl's girl of design houses.

Inspired by the work of early 20th century Parisian designer Paul Poiret - the 'Picasso of fashion' - stand-out looks came courtesy of long knitted coats in geometric block pattern motifs and flowing skirts and soft-silhouette jackets in luxe matte metals.

Temperley's romantic heart came out in her eveningwear, with silk, sheer, sequins and chiffon making for a an eclectic mix of floaty '20s-influenced boho gowns, while the jumpsuit was given an elegant do-over with sequin harem pants and sheer embellished top.

Sophie Dahl at Temperley

Sophie Dahl at Temperley

Jacquetta Wheeler and Caroline Winberg, both pregnant, walking for Temperley

Jacquetta Wheeler and Caroline Winberg, both pregnant, walking for Temperley

Temperley

Temperley

Temperley

Temperley

A supportive Jamie Cullum on the Temperley frow

A supportive Jamie Cullum on the Temperley frow

Let's celebrate pregnant girls #temperleylondon @jacquettawheeler @carolinewinberg

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Preen

Rejecting the opulence of Somerset House in favour of a stark, modern King's Cross station, Preen models filed down the concourse catwalk like a stream of peculiarly attractive morning commuters this morning. It was this unceremonial backdrop that offered a real sense of the clothes at work, with designs falling into two predominant themes of '70s prairie girl and drifter cowboy - occasionally colliding in the form of a flowing asymmetric lumberjack print gown, or rawhide lace-up tank top worn over a flimsy boho frock.

The experimental London design house's signature abstract florals came most alive in applique, while coats were either a fantastic fusion of shearling and denim, with exaggerated lumberjack patchwork prints, or strong, simple camel capes.

Preen

Preen

Preen

Preen

Preen

Preen

FLASH TREND: MIDI SKIRTS

The modern midi length continue to rule the catwalks. With butter soft leather at Lucas Nascimento, ladylike dresses at Emila Wickstead and beautiful floral prints at Simone Rocha, modesty reigns in London.

L-R: Lucas Nascimento, Emilia Wickstead, Simone Rocha

L-R: Lucas Nascimento, Emilia Wickstead, Simone Rocha

Gareth Pugh

Drama, drama, drama! Gareth Pugh's return to the runway following his stint in Paris was a strong statement about where his heart belongs, as black-clad warrior models stomped down the runway with Saint George crosses emblazoned across their faces and bearskin hats. And dresses that looked like bearskin hats.

The designer told AFP the collection was "about the rejection of a traditional idea of what is beautiful."

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh

Lindsay Lohan explains why she's Pugh's biggest fan

On the Gareth Pugh Frow: Lindsay Lohan

On the Gareth Pugh Frow: Lindsay Lohan

INTRODUCING...

A shot of practical fashion from 1205 in the form of the wellie shoe:

1205

1205

Emilia Wickstead

Kate Middleton and Samantha Cameron may raise a well-groomed eyebrow to their favourite designer's AW15 offerings. While the baby blue wool skirt suit was pure duchess, the designer has added a new, confident edge to many of her silhouettes:

Emilia Wickstead

Emilia Wickstead

Emilia Wickstead

Emilia Wickstead

Emilia Wickstead frow: Charlotte Dellal, Yasmin le Bon, Amber Le Bon, Daisy Lowe and Alexa Chung

Emilia Wickstead frow: Charlotte Dellal, Yasmin le Bon, Amber Le Bon, Daisy Lowe and Alexa Chung

Julien MacDonald

The catwalk sparkle king took a gothic turn with his AW15 collection. But the JM woman remains by far the most glamorous woman at the party:

Julien MacDonald

Julien MacDonald

Sibling

Look past Sibling's wild, brash styling to its wearable and superbly constructed knitwear:

Sibling

Sibling

TOM FORD

Given the hullabaloo of his catwalk "nipple pasties" last season, Tom Ford could have been forgiven for hosting a quiet AW15 presentation. Not so for this fashion revolutionary, who went renegade and took his wares to Tinseltown with an unprecedented Los Angeles show.

Ford - designer/movie director/master perfumer - enjoys shaking up our expectations and this was his chance to redefine the front row formula. Instead of the usual view of Anna Wintour sat alongside a favoured A-list brand ambassador, Ford created a bespoke Hollywood guest list, complete with its own red carpet. Gwyneth, Reese, Miley and J-Lo and more, clad head-to-toe in Ford finery from seasons current and past, were paraded for the paparazzi, before forming the glitziest front row in fashion history. Oh, and Wintour flew in for her front-centre spot, at the expense of attending London's shows.

Somewhere among the movie stars, their outfits and the petal confetti-blasted runway, there was a collection. Picking up the '70s thread that dominated SS15, denim was patchwork, or fused with leopard print, while long brown and maroon skirts featured neat psychedelic prints. There was a bright white tassel dress worn with knee-high black boots. It all made for a kind of hippy cowgirl mash-up but the silhouette was predominantly Victorian era, complete with chokers worthy of Princess Alexandra.

Tom Ford

Tom Ford

Tom Ford

Tom Ford

Stylist's fashion and beauty teams are reporting from the shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris at Stylist.co.uk/fashion-week 

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