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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

London lovin’

Shweta Mehta, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 03, 2013
First Published: 13:41 IST(3/10/2013) | Last Updated: 17:44 IST(3/10/2013)

It was all there. From print-on-print to exquisite embroidery, and frills to structured silhouettes, designers at London Fashion Week flaunted an impressive array of creations. We may have been spoilt for choice, but it was easy to pick favourites.

Sport star
Evidently, athletic looks are here to stay for another season or two. Haizhen Wang has all the right ideas to ‘sport’ the trend — zippers, long skirts, booties and headbands among others.

Pyjamas
Few have been able to pull them off, and understandably so. It’s the attitude you need. Because with an ensemble like this one, what’s not to love? Throw it on, tousle your hair, wipe off the make-up and you’re good to go, as demonstrated by Holly Fulton.

Shade card
The bomber jacket and slouchy pants are something we’d wear, but it’s the colour palette we’re crushing on. Icy blues, emeralds, purples, the perfect shade of peach and a glorious maroon were on Jonathan Saunders’s mind, and they made a lasting impact.

Suit up
Presenting the edgy power suit that’s sure to grab attention with its dare-bare insert, a feminine interpretation of a tailcoat and cropped skinny pants. David Koma had us at the pockets.

Print-on-print
Pastels and sheer separates dominated Burberry Prorsum’s show, but what we loved the most was their punchy play on the print-on-print trend. Choosing not to go overboard with the colours, they stuck to impactful polka dots, stripes and black-white pieces to complement the reds and greens.

Quirk factor
Mary Katrantzou stuck to her signature aesthetic, but we aren’t complaining. Her prints are fun, colours vivacious and those booties covetable.

Drama queen
Here’s a great example of stepping up the basic LBD or — in this case — the LRD. This dress by PPQ has everything — a luscious colour, flirty frills and a refreshingly bold neckline. Just be careful to keep accessories to a bare minimum.

It’s a wrap
This is one of Vivienne Westwood’s subtler designs and is utterly wearable. Call it what you like — a wrap dress or a modified trench coat — but we’ve got a winner on hand. Save this one for a moment of cheer when the weather’s dull.


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