The rain continued and so did the shows, as the second and third day of LFW saw some of London’s biggest names unveil their latest collections.
Stand out shows included JW Anderson’s clinically modern moment, pushing the season’s sheer trend in to a much more conceptual direction. Not necessarily the most wearable, but his eye for new and interesting shapes and silhouettes, alongside this season’s clearly consideration textile innovation proved he’s still got it.
Richard Nicoll’s beautiful black, white and dusty pink collection confirmed colour trends, with crisp white and pink tones proving important for spring 14.
In contrast came Jonathan Saunders’ riot of oddly mixed and matched retro palette in rainbow combinations, the designer successfully walking the line between weirdly good and just weird. More sheer fabrics cropped up in the form of see through panelled shirts, while the embroidered poppy floral silky bomber jackets promise to be a key item of the season.
Emma Hill’s last collection for Mulberry (which included the first spotting of model of the moment Cara Delavigne) and Matthew Williamson’s floral show both featured those boxy knee length culotte shorts, a trend that designers in New York are pushing.
Other stand out trends include the revival of the spaghetti strap on floaty dresses and loose tops, often revealing a backless detail as spotted at the likes of Topshop’s Unique.
Sunday finished with the LFW debut from Barbara Casasola, whose modern take on ladylike elegance and confident use of colour proved she is certainly a name to watch.
There has also been as much talk about what was happening off of the catwalk these past few days. The cast Strictly Come Dancing turned up for fellow contestant Julian Macdonald’s show, Harry Styles of One Direction fame appeared at House of Holland and Kate Moss made a last minute entrance at Topshop Unqiue, taking her seat beside Topshop owner Sir Phillip Green and American Vogue editor Anna Wintour.