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London Fashion Week

Ian Wright

With higher-quality collections and cleverly executed risk taking on display, LFW proved it was a big player once more.

London’s retaking of its seat at the lavishly dressed top table of world fashion felt complete this season. The autumn 12 collections presented by the city’s finest designers signalled a culmination of grown-up commerciality and trademark creative bravery.

From all corners of the London Fashion Week (LFW) schedule came higher-quality, slicker shows, demonstrating the event’s weight as a big player once again. After all, if Anna Wintour bothers to perch a while on the front row of our capital’s fashion week, you know London’s where it’s at.

Wintour’s assertion that London has gone from being “eccentric, funny and street chic” to “incredibly grown-up, with polished and sexy, glamorous clothes” speaks volumes, positioning it as “a global stage”, as she put it.

Following on from New York’s commercial but at times rather sterile collections, this season LFW revisited its penchant for risk taking.

However, instead of disappearing in a cloud of garish fabric, bad finishing and classless controversy courting that the event represented in its darkest days, there were clever but wearable shapes, showing our friends on the other side of the pond how it’s done.

We’re not for one minute saying our event is going to suddenly usurp Paris and Milan as the home of big names and bigger drama, but LFW can puff out its Mary Katrantzou typewriter-printed chest on the basis of a strong showing for autumn 12.

This bodes well for the future and, provided the established names and exciting talents don’t hop on the first Eurostar out of St Pancras in the coming seasons, the bravest of the world’s fashion weeks should be warming its seat at the global fashion feast for a few courses yet.

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