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Fashion Fabulous is hugely passionate about 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 AW14 to seek out later on in the year.

Among our favourites were Christopher Kane (see above image). The baby pink and black shifts teamed with shearling coats will surely be on everybody’s must-have list. Also were the minimalistic dresses with stunning cutout sleeves. The eye-catching sculptural pleated and layered monochromatic geometric dresses although beautifully executed, most people would find difficult to wear. He’s stocked in London’s Browns, Dover Street Market and Harrods. Reviews of these stores are included in our latest book Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition.

??????????J. JS Lee  kicked off the first runway at Somerset House with beautifully simplistic styles of plain and hounds tooth patterns on dresses jackets and knitwear. Designer Jackie Lee opted for forest green, midnight navy blue and terracotta brown high roll necks were paired with easy to wear knits and structured ivory coats.

DSCN4462-1Bora Aksu continued his signature theme of combining  traditional Turkish apparel with contemporary styling. This time round it was interpreted with a boarding school reference of high white collars and puffed sleeves. Among the high points of the collection were midnight blue, black and yellow leather dresses layered over with organza to soften the look.  Autumnal reds, aubergines and mustards were featured as well.

DSCN4510-1With the ensuing blustery rain and cold temperatures many took refuge between shows in Samsung’s VIP Lounge. Above is a pic of
Fashion Fabulous’s Tracy Rose, appropriately wearing her Icicle Hat, enjoying a hot cup of Lavazza coffee.

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To the sounds of Santana, Emilio de la Morena went Baroque with luxurious velvets in burnt orange, violet, Bordeaux and caramel.  The flourish of elegant knee length cocktail dresses and  shorter skating skirts were embellished with oversized ruffles to good effect.

DSCN4438-1We were very pleased to be invited by Safia Minney MBE and CEO of People Tree and designer  Zandra Rhodes  (pictured above) to the launch of their ‘Happy Woman’ capsule collection at Zandra’s  penthouse apartment above the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey. Speaking to a large gathering of fashionistas enthusiastic about ethical and organic clothing Zandra said “The collection was a crystallisation of my 1960’s prints. They were posting OMO and DAZ washing powder promotions into my house all the time. So I did a whole series of prints based on them! The Gujarati visit in India was great. Seeing the clothes being made and the schools and how the communities benefitted from the Fair Trade business model.”

Peter Melchett, Policy Director of the Soil Association explained that “The Gujarati workers get 50% more price for their cotton.  There is a desperate shortage of water in these communities. Organic cotton uses half of the water and produces a third less of the gas emissions. Organic cotton sales are growing. Do buy organic when you can – it really does make a difference!” Safia Minney added “We’re seeing more people coming out of their shells to wear organic.”  For more on ethical clothing issues, People Tree and Safia’s and Zandra’s work see our posting  https://fashionfabulousuk.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/fashion-fabulous-on-ethical-fashion

DSCN4477-1Over to Fashion Scout at the Freemason’s Hall, Covent Garden, Ong-Oaj Pairam who for his just second season showed a very confident collection that will most certainly make him a name to watch. We loved the 1950’s influenced clinched in waist dresses.

DSCN4488-2…And this strapless pale pink dress with structured purple lined skirt!

Don’t miss our Part 2 of Fashion Fabulous at London Fashion Week AW 2014 that will be posted in the next few days!

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