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London fashion week: Day four highlights

Bright shades bring life to the fourth day of LFW.

Colour reigned supreme on day four in London. At Roksanda Ilincic, punches of bright blue were complimented by a rich maroon. As always, her silhouette was long and calf skimming, a modern take on demure. Hems came mismatched in high low layers which lent a slight patchwork or collage effect, heightened by the use of coloured panels worked across pieces, while a jacket featured a slick peplum-like back panel.

Bold colour and pattern proved popular at Peter Pilotto too, where the design duo took a more is more approach, mixing and contrasting embellishment, fur trims, prints and textures for looks that buzzed with exuberance. Multi-coloured mother of pearl looked like crushed crystals, creating geometric like patterns in embellishment on dresses and coats. Mountain vista and blurred floral-like prints wrapped around bodies, while colourful ribbed knits will catch many a buyer’s eye.

More peppy palette pops came from Michael van der Ham, whose pretty dresses came with ethereal sheer layers and dropped panels peeking from under hemlines. The designer’s penchant for collaging textiles and textures seemed more restrained this season, but was finessed on a beautiful 3D floral applique that seemed to grow out of a dress and sparkling gems scattered on dresses.

If we saw the artist at work in Burberry Prorsum’s menswear collection, we met the female muse at the autumn 14 womenswear show. Light and floaty fabrics were deployed on long, languid dresses for a more effortless Burberry look, casually wrapped in shawl blankets and flowing scarves. Cosy shearling coats brought warmth, sploshed and painted with naïve winter florals alongside some fuzzy furry trenches and hairy mohair outerwear options.

The slick precision of David Koma focused on corsetry this season, with his sharp dresses featuring cut out waist details, wrapping around the body. Leather brought a tough edge while shoulders were left bare - this is a wardrobe for powerful party girls.

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