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London Fashion Week: Day Three Highlights

From his favourite shows and to fashion week parties, Drapers’ junior fashion editor Graeme Moran brings you the best bits from day three.

Yesterday saw an elegantly chic start from Temperley, where Hitchcock heroines sashayed down the catwalk. It was perfectly polished with a sixties swing but with enough freshness to make this one of the label’s best for a while.

Dame Viv took over the white washed walls of the Saatchi gallery for her somewhat sedate Red Label collection show, which was full of signature Westwood traits. Pretty tartan, draped tailoring, rouched dresses, cowl necks - all to be expected, but lovely none the less. A zebra print in a shiny metallic foil bought some sparkle while the opening oversized stripe coat is still a favourite of the week.

We got our first introduction to the new Topshop venue at the high street store’s Unique show, located in the cavernous Tate Modern Tanks. A total hit of a collection with a slouchy but sexy nineties vibe, boasting some beautiful oversized outerwear we truly hope makes it to the shop floor.

Day three got even better at Jonathan Saunders, where a retro vibe permeated a collection that oozed pure sexiness. Bustier corsets, sex shop vinyls, plastics and kinky patent leather. No prints, but instead coiled florals and a play on deftly mixed textures, all in a palette that only the king of colour could nail.

On to another of London’s best boys making clothes for women, Richard Nichol. He did what he does best, but some how better. It was refined and luxe and got the girls on the front row into a swooning frenzy. The oversized contrast panel coats (a trend cropping up all over London), the swishy wide leg mannish tailoring, the cosy fluffy knits and sexy dresses – one well heeled leap forward for Nicoll.

And off into the night for day three’s after party, hosted by Jonathan Saunders in a secret East End watering hole. We arrived at the door with the designer himself, as a girl with a clipboard asked: “Can I take your name please?” “Erm, Jonathan…” Silence. “It’s his party, love!” And onto day four…

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