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Temperley AW17 Parchment dress

Summer is in the air but the Autumn Winter collections will soon be arriving in the shops. Here’s our sneak preview of more of the best shown at London Fashion Week! Impressive is this Alice Temperley embroidered skirt, jumper layered with matching coat (shown above). This year the centre of focus of London Fashion Week was at the Store Studio, 180 The Strand which featured catwalk shows, fashion installations and showrooms.

Markus Lupfer Presentation-1Markus Lupfer’s Presentation showed polka dot pleated skirts dressed down with leggings and embroidered knitwear!


Halo & Co impressed with nautical coloured gems on seahorse earrings!


Atelier Swarovski by Christopher Kane – necklace and bracelets dazzled us!


More sea-inspired jewellery from Halo & Co at the Rock Vault, The Strand.

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Barrus’s runway showed  minimalist sleek white  jumpsuit with plunging necklines!


At Robert Wun collection at the Store Studios, The Strand.


We liked these HEIO cubic handbags!


…and these Ennigaldi handbags!


Trying on glam glasses at  Sunglass Hut at The Store Showrooms, 180 The Strand


This beautiful hand-bracelet by Lily Gabriella is based on cyclical designs….


…and we were wowed by this ring by GFH by Nilufer


Pedro Palmas showed high glam with sequin and sheer fabric at the Felicities Press Lounge, at the ME Hotel, The Aldwych.


We liked this shaded blue shirt dress with signature prints from Tramp in Disguise


Giving the trends outside The BFC Store Studios during London Fashion Week

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London Fashion Week is not just about the buzz inside on the catwalks but what also goes on outside. More and more we’ve been seeing celebrities and fashionistas arriving in supercars and classic cars their arrival in itself a fashion statement.

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We look at over a thousand fashion shops in London and then pick the top 200 and review them in detail. From luxurious Bond Street to edgy Shoreditch and Brick Lane we give unbiased reviews of the hottest places to buy fashion. Here we give an excerpt from the next edition of Fashion Fabulous London.

Smythson 40 New Bond Street, London W1S 2DE | t: 020 7629 8558 | Mon-Fri, 9.30am-6pm, Thurs, 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm | Nearest Tube Bond Street LU, 4 min walk |

Category: Classic, Heritage |TOP 200 Shop | Womenswear, Menswear | Own label |

Walk through their Bond Street doors and experience 120 years of contemporary design and heritage style. The holder of three Royal warrants, in the 1920’s Smythson produced stationery for European Royals and Indian Maharajas. Nowadays, for fashionistas the main event is the definitely wow handbags You’ll find high quality lady-like designs by the former Prime Minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron (who in 2007 created the famous Nancy Bag) now off to launch her own fashion label. No prices are visible on items, so you will need to pick them up to look inside and it feels a bit prohibitive to do that here. The sales staff veer on the sniffy side, but are first class bag tour guides. Each bag comes with its own tour! The exterior is very formal; inside it’s tastefully decorated with white columns and arches.

On Women’s: Many bags have product branding, including “Established 1887 Smythson of Bond Street” arranged over three lines, so is very conspicuous. The 1887 Tote in calf leather with lambskin interior is £1495, whilst a large Tote from the Eliot collection at £1250 made in soft nubuck and taurillon has their signature Nile blue thread and striped lining. Also interesting colours such as was the pale blue Panama zip Tote at £595. Also there’s a good range of clutches, purses and key rings to match. Classic wallets are around the £200.

002-1On Men’s: We liked the denim blue briefcase at £995 that comes with a wing lock closure that is available in black, brown or navy. The 24 hour travel bags were very smart at £1205. A laptop bag in black, or a brown goatskin computer case £1100 with handles, were hard to choose between. Another tote bag with shoulder strap was £1295. The large navy shoulder messenger in deerskin Burlington Collection could hold two laptops, was £795, and with two zippers looked attractive.

Smythson is also available at 135 Sloane St, SW1; 214 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11; 7 Royal Exchange EC3; Selfridges, Harrods, and Harvey Nichols.

Ratings: Wow factor: 3 shopping bags; Choice: 4 shopping bags; Service: 4 shopping bags; Price: £££££

5 shopping Bags = Excellent | 4 shopping Bags = Very Good | 3 shopping Bags = Good

Fashion Fabulous 3rd Edition coverFor the most fashionable places to shop in London, see our latest book Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition available now from all good bookshops including Waterstones, Harrods, Selfridges, Foyles, Stanfords Travel, Rizzoli Bookshop at Somerset House, Daunt, Easons, Wall & Jones, and Present-London. Internationally, it’s at Barnes & Noble in NY and bookshops in Italy, Japan, China, Australia, Russia, and throughout the world and on Amazon and many independent bookshop websites priced £12.99.

It reviews in detail the Top 200 fashion shops and 130 great venues where fashionistas eat and drink in London. Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition can also be ordered from our international distributor, Kuperard, telephone +44 (0) 0208 446 2440

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