Fashion Fabulous always adores researching and previewing the up and coming collections and trends from the absolutely excellent shows at London Fashion Week. These are just a few of our star picks from LFW AW13 to seek out later on in the year.

DSCN3487Zoe Jordan kicked off at Somerset House with a confident catwalk show of block colour shifts in orange, red and metallic that will no doubt be a big hit in Harrods and Fenwick Bond Street stores. Whizzing over to Fashion Scout at the Freemason’s Hall, Krystof Strozyna showed lady-like silhouettes with accents of abstract prints in black white and grey inspired by marine and aquatic themes.  Krystof Strozyna offered an abundance of pencil skirts, apparel featured in many shows that we saw (see Image).

Liz Black gave a delightful presentation also at Fashion Scout, of elegant theatrical dresses in an Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea theme. Sculptured necklines, blocked colours and exaggerated details made Liz Black’s collection one to watch.

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DSCN3475Returning to Somerset House,  the official venue for London Fashion Week and home to the BFC Courtyard Show Space that featured exhibition show areas for 100 designers, we took some time out at the Lavazza Winter Garden Café for a couple of delicious cappuccinos. Blessed with wonderful weather on the first day it proved to be the perfect vantage point for fashionista people watching. Sipping our coffee we enjoyed seeing some of the most imaginative outfits worn by, celebrities, designers, stylists, buyers, photographers and journalists. Several would be good enough to be on the catwalk in their own right!

DSCN3512Extra tall models at Nico Didonna’s Show wore draped dresses plunging deeply at the back. Fashion Fabulous loved the skirts with sculptured stand-away waists and bold Audrey Hepburn black and white striped dresses. Held at the luxurious Baku restaurant, 155 Sloane Street, Knighstbridge, Nico told us after the show how please he was with the response of buyers to the collection that included Nancy Dell O’lio. In the basement, running throughout London Fashion Week were independent designers including Karen K, Carlotta Gherzi and Bellville Sassoon all showing very commercially viable collections.

DSCN3528One of the best exhibition areas at the BFC Courtyard show space was Estethica featuring the most promising ethical fashion designers in the capital. Visiting on the second day,  Ada Zanditon woollen shift dresses and floral prints in black and red. Zooming off to The Elms Lester Gallery near Centre Point we climbed the narrowest of staircases to Orla Kiely’s retro take on 1960’s officewear. Models dressed as secretaries were typing and filing in a recreation of a real 60’s office. We loved the daisy velvet jacquard – very reminiscent of the Mary Quant logo in pastel pink high waisted dresses and bronze and black suits. Fun to wear will be the chunky knits with squirrel motifs.  Downstairs, meanwhile was a small presentation by Bolzoni and Walsh showing leather bikers.

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TRACY WITH JOHN ROCHA 2Fashion Fabulous caught up with John Rocha, just before his fashion show in the Courtyard Space who told us he was very excited with his latest collection.  Featuring black deconstructed long jackets, double breasted with flap pockets, lime green and pale pink tapered trousers it was another fine collection for the designer whose flagship is in Dover Street, Mayfair.

Carlotta Actis Barone showed mostly monochromatics with stripy chevrons or blocks of black and white in solid and sheer fabrics. We liked the emphasised shoulders and can see this as great for day or eveningwear.

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Bernard Chandran known for his glamorous eveningwear was inspired by the 1950’s and also showed daywear pieces. Tapered trousers in head to toe matching coloured looks in opulent fabrics impressed us. Dramatic low-backs twinned with opaque dresses were amongst the highlights of the show.

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