LFW Spring 2013 favourites

It doesn’t happen often, but this time you won’t find Burberry among my favourite collections. Apart from that though, with every year, the London Fashion Week continues to surprise me more and more pleasantly. Here is a quick review of what I liked, because, truth be told, my eyes are already on Milan.

Clearly not one to consider a favourite (one thought is that I would have loved to see more structure in the designs – I love tailored clothes, what can I say? And if it’s going to be flowing dresses then they should be done right), but there was one outfit at Paul Smith that I absolutely loved. In the kind of blocking colours I would see myself wear, high-waisted, mannish trousers in three hued stripes, buttoned-up navy shirt with a man’s watch, red lipstick, azure lacquered heels and beautiful sunglasses as the perfect finishing touches.

Mary Katrantzou: by far my favourite at the London Fashion Week. Not only were the prints unique and refreshing and the postal and banknote theme so beautifully interpreted, but the way she played with form creating a diversity of extraordinary, sophisticated silhouettes from the very first to the last look. And look at that glamorous dark blue brocade pantsuit! Finally a collection I like from start to end.

It was the leather thing that captured my interest at Mulberry: from leather trousers (I fell for that wide cut) paired with tuxedo blazers, leather jackets (worn with soft, fluid dresses), to the lovely crafted bags, particularly a navy blue perforated leather tote with scalloped edge that I would carry everywhere as long as it doesn’t rain or snow.

I am still on new territory when it comes to prints, but that’s what it seems I liked the most at LFW. Snakeskin patchwork and florals didn’t look at all heavy in the Preen collection, but rather beautifully blending when put together or softened by white and navy when taken separately.

So which were your favourites? Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

photos: 1-3: Paul Smith Spring 2013, Vogue.com / 4-9: Mary Katrantzou Spring 2013, Vogue.com / 10-13: Mulberry Spring 2013, Vogue.com / 14-17: Preen Spring 2013, Vogue.com

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