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Keep track of the highlights from the shows, frows, parties and backstage at London Fashion Week autumn/winter 2017...

Marques Almeida

More graphic patterns and oversizing at Marques Almeida where uniform monochrome was broken up with jolts of vibrant acid hues.

Marques Almeida

Marques Almeida

J. JS Lee

Gorgeous tailored coats with exaggerated proportions stood out on the runway at J. JS Lee.

J. JS Lee

J. JS Lee

Isa Arfen

Graphic harlequin prints brought colour to Isa Arfen’s presentation on Tuesday.

Isa Arfen

Isa Arfen

Beauty: Isa Arfen

The crimping we saw earlier in the week at Fyodor Golan and Anissa Aida appeared again at Isa Arfen, paired with a bare-faced beauty look. On the models whose hair was covered, the eyes did the talking...

Isa Arfen

Isa Arfen

What we’re wearing to LFW

mag team tues

L-R: Alexandra Fullerton, Sophie Henderson, Lucy Reber

Fashion Director Alexandra Fullerton in a Zoë Jordan jumper, Marc Jacobs skirt, Car Shoe shoes and Mon Purse bag.

Fashion Assistant Sophie Henderson in a Zara top, Hobbs coat, Topshop jeans, Mango shoes, H&M earrings and JW Anderson bag.

Fashion Editor Lucy Reber in a Diesel jacket, Allude jumper, Cos t-shirt, Current/Elliot jeans and Gucci shoes.


More: What the stars are wearing to London Fashion Week


Burberry

Artworks by West Yorkshire sculptor Henry Moore dotted the runway at Burberry, complementing the structural tone of the Christopher Bailey’s autumn/winter ‘17 offering and serving as the opening for a free week-long exhibition in Soho entitled Henry Moore: Inspiration and Process. Moore was also born in Castleford, where Burberry has always made its trenches.

Workwear denim, cable knits, ruffles and shoulder capes became works of art in Bailey’s hands, with each model donning an ornate cape for the finale in honour of Moore’s preoccupation with the strength of the upper torso.

Burberry

Burberry

Burberry

Burberry

Burberry

Burberry front row

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L-R: Olivia Palermo, Adwoa Aboah and Penelope Cruz

Ashish

Spotting our new favourite jumper...

Ashish

Ashish

Ashish

The collection was heavily influenced by American sportswear but made clear its opposition to the country’s controversial president through a series of vibrant slogan jumpers and tops carrying messages including “Nasty Woman”, “Pussy grabs back” and “Unity in adversity”.

More: All the ways Fashion Week is trumping Donald Trump

Following Donald Trump’s surprise victory last year, a t-shirt emblazoned with the word “Immigrant” that was specially made for Ashish Gupta to wear at his SS17 show went on sale at Browns

Ashish

Ashish

Ashish

Ashish

Ashish

Joseph

Another modest showing at Joseph where dark florals and paisley prints were mixed, matched and spliced in masculine tailoring.

Joseph

Joseph

Christopher Kane

Space age came to the Christopher Kane catwalk on Monday with quirky iridescent colours, angular cuts and cosmic prints.

Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane

What we’re wearing to LFW

mag team

L-R: Susan Riley and Alexandra Fullerton

Editor Susan Riley in a H&M top, Paige jeans and Rupert Sanderson shoes.

Fashion Director Alexandra Fullerton in a Jumper 1234 jumper, Mother jeans, Gucci belt, Kitri shirt and shoes by Rejina Pyo at YoungBritishDesigners.com.


More: Street style looks at London Fashion Week


Sophia Webster

Ice Queen was the theme at Sophia Webster, who showed her pearlescent collection in an ice village complete with life-size snow globe.

Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

Beauty: Sophia Webster

Rebecca Jade Wilson used Orly’s Rose Coloured Glasses finished with glittery tips to create the “Frosted French”.

Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

Pringle of Scotland

Clothes to cosy up in at Pringle of Scotland...

Pringle of Scotland

Pringle of Scotland

Erdem

Form-fitting floor-length gowns glided down the runway in a blaze of modesty at Erdem, where femininity was explored through swathes of rich fabric. Brocade, velvet, embroidery, sequins, lace and posy print florals covered arms, ankles and collarbones while oversize outerwear made a glamorous statement.

Erdem

Erdem

Roksanda

We’ve already seen strong Western influences at Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, Ashley Williams and House of Holland but it was at Roksanda where gentle references to the theme were fused with elements from the East for a subtle, polished sophistication.

Roksanda

Roksanda

Antonio Berardi

High-impact cocktail dresses and jewel-adorned jumpers shone on the runway at Antonio Berardi on Monday morning.

Antonio Berardi

Antonio Berardi

Detail: Antonio Berardi

Antonio Berardi

Antonio Berardi

What we’re wearing to LFW

mag team

L-R: Sophie Henderson Kitty McGee and Lucy Reber

Fashion Assistant Sophie Henderson wears a H&M top, Topshop trousers, Vans shoes and a JW Anderson bag.

Executive Fashion Director Kitty McGee wears a Topshop jumper, Joseph trousers, Gucci shoes and a Celine bag.

Fashion Editor Lucy Reber wears a Whistles coat, Gap t-shirt, Frame jeans and Gucci shoes.

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Selfridges customers can whizz around in the electric BMW i3s

Shopping in central London has got a whole lot easier thanks to a free taxi service Selfridges is putting on for customers.

In a bid to reduce traffic emissions and encourage sustainable living, BMW is loaning the department store a fleet of its electric i3s models to whizz shoppers to their next destination without polluting the atmosphere. The service is available in London and Manchester until April 9.

Pam Hogg

The designer enlisted friend Fearne Cotton to model a retro white PVC outfit and white ankle boots.

Fearne Cotton at Pam Hogg

Fearne Cotton for Pam Hogg

Mary Katrantzou

Scenes from Disney’s Fantasia appeared on shimmering evening gowns at Mary Katrantzou on Sunday evening.

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou 

Beauty: Mary Katrantzou

It may have been Mary Katrantzou’s AW17 show, but backstage, make-up artist Lynsey Alexander (who was working with MAC) took her inspiration from a spring tradition: Easter eggs. Each of the models’ eyes were dashed with pastel tones of pink, orange, yellow and blue, much like the colour palette of Mini Eggs.

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

Temperley London

Floral embroidery, sheer delicate lace and er, eyeballs, lips and insects appeared at Temperley London as Alice Temperley looked to the “bizarre and beautiful” for detailing in her autumn/winter ‘17 collection.

Temperley London

Temperley London

Detail: Temperley London

David Koma

Form fitting gowns with cut-outs, panelling and strap detailing meshed function with frippery at David Koma, while quilted outerwear came in olive-coloured satin with glamorous oversize shaggy collars.

David Koma

David Koma

Mulberry

Meet your newest bag crushes...

NEW HERITAGE / Autumn Winter '17 #LFW #MulberryEngland #JohnnyCoca

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Peter Pilotto

A folksy feel at Peter Pilotto where chunky embroidery, tassels, tweed and quilting came in an earthy palette splashed with burnt orange.

Peter Pilotto

Peter Pilotto

Detail: Peter Pilotto

Peter Pilotto

Peter Pilotto

Topshop Unique

Another seasonless buy-it-now offering from Topshop Unique, with stripes, ‘90s-inspired slogans, biker cuts and extra-long sleeved slouchy jumpers hitting the runway on models including Lily Donaldson, Adwoa Aboah and Stella Maxwell, as well as upcoming stars Lottie Moss (Kate’s niece) and Sistine Rose Stallone (Sly’s daughter).

Topshop Unique

Topshop Unique

What we’re wearing to LFW

L-R: Susan Riley, Alexandra Fullerton, Kitty McGee

Editor Susan Riley in a Marks & Spencer jacket, Zara dress, Rupert Sanderson boot and Cambridge Satchel Company bag.

Fashion Director Alexandra Fullerton in an army surplus jacket, Topshop jeans, Cos jumper and Saint Laurent shoes.

Executive Fashion Director Kitty McGee in a Tibi top, Topshop jeans and Gucci loafers.

Roland Mouret

After 10 years in Paris, the label behind the icon Galaxy dress returned to London Fashion Week to celebrate 20 years in fashion.

Mouret’s anniversary collection for autumn/winter ‘17 was also the first fashion show to be held at the National Theatre. He had reworked some classics from his archive as part of his “celebration of the female form” with fluid silhouettes, origami cuts and thoughtful drapery.

Roland Mouret

Roland Mouret

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

There was a just-got-out-of-bed theme to some looks at Preen - not a lazy pyjama style or a messy Tracey Emin My Bed - but a fragrant, floral haven full of passionate kisses – hence the eiderdown duvet coat and the models’ wildly smudged berry lips and undone hair.

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Beauty: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Following on from last season’s pressed flower faces, nail artist Marian Newman sprinkled the teeniest tiniest buds onto the models’ fingertips. She painted them with a clear top coat, placing tiny flowers (which you can buy on Amazon) on with tweezers and then sealing with a second layer of top coat.

Flower pressing has never been cooler.

Thanks @mariannewman for the most exquisite nails ever . Pressed flower nails 🌸🌺🌼

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Anya Hindmarch

Welcome to winter wonderland, Anya Hindmarch style. A first glance at the catwalk backdrop may suggest a space theme, but the setis actually an “architectural abstract mountain side” with Swedish folk art, skiing, Alpine lodges and the romantic side of winter providing inspiration for the famously quirky accessories designer.

Clothes features layered textures of wool, sheepskin and felt while shaggy fur slippers felt like a less serious take on the Gucci loafers.

Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch

Watch: Anya Hindmarch

Detail: Anya Hindmarch

Boxy bags and purses came in multiples, stacked or fastened together, while more familiar styles came in playful metallic shades featuring cartoon eyes or chains resembling retro paper chain decorations.

Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch

Detail: Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch

Versus

Donatella brought in the big guns for her show as she delighted in her proclamation ‘the supermodel is back’.

The Hadid sisters, Stella Maxwell, Adwoah Aboah and Taylor Hill were punk-gothed and logo-ed up in the Italian designer’s sexy sportswear aesthetic.

Versus

L-R: Stella Maxwell, Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid for Versus

Versus

Versus

Versus

Versus front row

Ellie Goulding and will.i.am

Ellie Goulding and will.i.am

Beauty: Versus

@stellamaxwell backstage at the #VersusFW17 fashion show. @maybelline #MaybellineLFW

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Gareth Pugh

Bug eyes and blue lips made for a dramatic beauty look to accompany Pugh’s politically charged show.

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh

House of Holland

Yee-haw! It was rodeo time at HH where denim, tassels, flares, checkerboard prints and Holland’s signature tartan played out with a retro cartoonish feel.

House of Holland

House of Holland

Beauty: House of Holland

Ciara O’Shea, global make-up artist for The Body Shop, created this explosive, sunset-inspired look at House of Holland. Skin was kept natural while playful, colourful shades decorated the lid. She blended deep green across the socket then buffed an orange shadow at the crease. She added a hint of pink glitter to highlight the inner corner of the eye to catch the light as the models walked the runway. Lashes were kept bare – not even a curl, just a touch of The Body Shop’s new Lash Hero Extension in Texas Topaz to the lower lash (available in July).

House of Holland

House of Holland

Simone Rocha

Common notions of masculinity and femininity were meshed together at Simone Rocha, where boxy utilitarian outerwear was silhouettes came in soft satin materials or covered in dark floral prints. Rocha had cast two models in their seventies and one in her fifties to help showcase the collection.

Simone Rocha

Simone Rocha

Emilia Wickstead

Plush velvet, bold florals and modest crop tops stood out at Emilia Wickstead...

Emilia Wickstead

Emilia Wickstead

JW Anderson

More elegant deconstruction at JW Anderson, where loose utilitarian styles came in jewel and metallic satin and ostrich feathers lost their wispy extravagance sewn into extreme drop-waist skirts.

JW Anderson

JW Anderson

Ports 1961

Deconstructed tailoring, sturdy knitwear and big, bold embellishments at Ports 1961’s return to the LFW circuit.

Ports 1961

Ports 1961

Molly Goddard

Tulle master Molly Goddard threw a catwalk afternoon tea party, where the notion of ‘girly’ party dresses was embraced and exaggerated, with intensely bright block colours, ruffles galore and oversize everything...

Molly Goddard

Molly Goddard

Molly Goddard

Molly Goddard

Molly Goddard

Markus Lupfer

Making us fall in love with autumn florals...

Markus Lupfer

Markus Lupfer

Julien Macdonald

It’s not a Julien Macdonald show without a hefty dose of sequins, shimmer and glamour and the designer’s strikingly intricate collection of autumn/winter ‘17 gowns was no exception.

Taking inspiration from the legendary surrealist and designer H.R. Giger – best known for designing Ridley Scott’s creature in Alien – as well as the hypnotic architectural silhouettes in Fritz Lang’s 1927 sci-fi film Metropolis, Macdonald’s designs took on an other-worldly feel in the supremely ornate surroundings of Goldsmiths Hall. 


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Using a distinct palette of black, red and light metallics, layers of hand-stitched Swarovski crystals and sequins were engineered into armour-like formations in combination with Macdonald’s signature spider knits and cutaway detailing. The men’s embellished jumpers and jackets were also a favourite with the Stylist women – to wear for themselves.

Winnie Harlow closed the show in an electric floor-length black spider-knit cutaway design to cheers from a room packed with showgoers.

Julien Macdonald

Julien Macdonald

Julien Macdonald

Julien Macdonald

Julien Macdonald

Julien Macdonald

Julien Macdonald

Julien Macdonald

Beauty: Julien Macdonald

Val Garland created a soft look for the eyes with smokey black matte lids and no mascara or eyeliner. Lips had the slightest touch of colour while skin was kept natural with just a hint of highlighter on the cheekbones.

Julien Macdonald

Julien Macdonald

Jasper Conran

Loose fitting dresses emblazoned with jagged monochrome and chocolate prints were standout looks that swept through the Jasper Conran catwalk at Claridges.

Jasper Conran

Jasper Conran

Ryan Lo

Kicking off Saturday morning with a vibrant Harajuku-inspired beauty look lovingly crafted by Isamaya Ffrench and Victoria Curtis using, you guessed it, Mac.

Ryan Lo

Ryan Lo

Beauty: Ryan Lo

Sadie Williams

Think 1970s geometric patterns, Harley Quinn and disco Joan of Arc and you get a tiny snapshot of the eclectic offerings at Sadie Williams’ fabulous “folk art disco” presentation. Hand-collage printed sweatshirts were slashed and folded like folk quilts, while patchwork was given a glamorous spin with shiny fabrics.

Sadie Williams

Sadie Williams

Detail: Sadie Williams

Sadie Williams

Sadie Williams

Beauty: Time to dig the crimpers out…

The crinkle look popped up at Anissa Aida and at Fyodor Golan, where Syd Hayes had created deep crimps in patches of the hair.

Fyodor

L-R: Anissa Aida and at Fydor Golan (image: @sydhayeshair)

Ashley Williams

“Misery” and “Paranoia” may have popped up as messages on hoodies and the designer’s famous glittery barrettes but with Western influences, Clueless-esque yellow tartan plaid and puffy sleeve florals the collection was more lighthearted than its slogans would suggest. The models were ordinary folk Williams cast after putting a call-out on Instagram.

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams

Daks

The “Savile Row woman” appeared at Daks with Glen plaid, herringbone and pinstripe taking shape on cropped trouser suits, boxy tops, tiered ruffle skirts and Sherlock-worthy coats. The office tie popped up as one of the few accessories, along with classic beanie hats.

Daks

Daks

Bora Aksu

Little-known Suffragette Princess Sophia Duleep Singh provided the inspiration at Bora Aksu, where florals, frills and lace played out on loose cuts with demure round necklines.

Bora Aksu

Bora Aksu

Beauty: Orange fever

The eyes and lips have it at Fyodor Golan and Eudon Choi. 

Fydor Golan and Eudon Choi

L-R: Fyodor Golan and Eudon Choi

Eudon Choi

Marc Jacobs gave us jumper sleeve scarves in New York, now it’s the turn of Eudon Choi to deliver jumper shawls...

Eudon Choi

Eudon Choi

Fyodor Golan

Time for a trip to Ryman’s – Post-it notes are in. Yes, those fluorescent sticky notes that are forever fluttering off computer screens adorned PVC skirts and shirts at the label’s typically colourful show, along with unicorn colour coats, puffy arm warmers and plenty of animal print.

Fydor Golan

Fyodor Golan

Fyodor Golan

Fydor Golan

Fyodor Golan

Fyodor Golan

Fydor Golan

Fyodor Golan

Teatum Jones

Teatum Jones kicked off London Fashion Week with a collection inspired by “a love of human stories and and rejecting the idea of the perfect human form.”


More: Highlights from the shows at New York Fashion Week


Two models with physical disabilities were cast for the show; Kelly Knox, who was born without the lower half of her right arm and amputee Jack Eyers. The label also played a soundtrack of Donald Trump mocking disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.

The collection featured plush satin and velvet in earthy autumn tones, with materials drawn together with black ribbon woven through giant silver hoops.

Teatum Jones

Teatum Jones

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