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London Fashion Week: Matthew Williamson, Jonathan Saunders, Mulberry and Marios Schwab

London Fashion Week followed New York’s lead over the weekend with vibrant collections from Matthew Williamson, Jonathan Saunders and Mulberry.

After beginning on Friday the trend for prints and colour gained momentum over the weekend, as Matthew Williamson chose citrus brights alongside terracotta and olive green. Pixelated florals were seen on all-in-ones and maxi dresses were split to the thigh.

Man of the moment Jonathan Saunders was inspired by Miami South Beach with sorbet shades of peach, lemon and powder blue. Sundresses and pinafores led the collection with boyfriend jackets and full skirts taking a 1950s lead. Silks and jacquards shone with subtle metallic threads.

Mulberry’s show, which had star studded audience including Kate Moss and Twilight’s Kristen Stewart in the front row, was inspired by the English seaside, and once again for spring 12 lemon stood out as the key colour. Candyfloss pink and meadow green complemented the lemon while olive green was also prominent. Sports details on casual zip-up jackets were evident and retro running shorts had drawstring detail, reaffirming the utility trend for spring.

Marios Schwab impressed with a ‘femme fatale’ collection of show stopping dresses with sophisticated mesh panelling and sheer overlays. The collection contrasted with the spring 12 grain for colour with Schwab sticking to black, white and lilac but this didn’t stop it from being one of the standout collections of the weekend.

London Fashion Week runs until Tuesday, and continues today with big names Erdem, Christopher Kane and Giles. Menswear day is on Wednesday 21st September.

Readers' comments (2)

  • I am absolutely loving the sorbet shades for next spring, but will these trends be enough of a move away from the colour blocking we saw for spring 11 to get consumers spending?

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  • Marie Davies

    I think so, there is a lot of interesting fabric around such as the jaquards at Saunders which will add a textural quality to colour, in addition floral prints are a way to keep the colour trend fresh.

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