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Natural highs

The Exhibition at London Fashion Week, held at the Natural History Museum, provided a forum for exciting new labels as well as London staples


This is the third time Danielle Scutt has exhibited at London Fashion Week and the third time her collection has received critical praise. Scutt's interpretation of trashy 1980s power dressing comes in a bold primary colour palette that gives the line a contemporary Americana-derived edge. Prices from £60 to £500.

07947 352980


Bag designer Sophie Williams has chosen a more grown-up personality for autumn 07. Seven styles feature in this leather-finished range, including an envelope clutch bag with satchel-style clasp. Prices from £124 to £128.

020 7435 3511


Three seasons on from changing its name from Orca to Tabitha, the signature chunky, colourful look of Tabitha Somerset-Webb's bags remains as strong as ever. A focused 12-piece autumn 07 collection has patchwork and hand-woven styles as well as a standout handbag featuring a heart-shaped gold padlock. Tabitha also includes a selection of wallets, purses and make-up bags. Pricesfrom £80 to £95.

020 7228 7888


Lulu Guinness's autumn styles flit between courts, platforms, peep toes and easy-to-wear pumps as well as a nod to the 1980s with a range of pixie boots. Whimsical designs have built Lulu Guinness a 45-strong account base in the UK. Prices from £43 to £135.

020 7487 6100


French brand Diab'less is planning a full-scale UK assault. The range, characterised by lightweight frills and puffy sleeves, moves into the space age. Transitional pieces, which can be worn from day to night, feature in pewter tones, chain mail, checks and Lurex. Prices from £25 to £220.

020 7749 0749


Since designer Camilla Staerk's departure, the label, owned by Danish fashion group Bestseller, has taken a more commercial twist. Wide-leg trousers in wool and cashmere are combined with shirts and patent boots. Prices from £31 to £300.

020 7739 9797


Having started life as a range of scarves, wraps and pashminas, Blank moved into clothing in 2005. For autumn 07, its line of beaded or embroidered dresses, coats and jackets is the biggest yet with 45 pieces. Accessories live on in a range of bags and scarves. Prices from £25 to £150.

020 7739 6510


First-time exhibitor David Fielden makes a departure from his usual light-toned palette with an eveningwear line in brick and autumnal tones to chase the same red carpet clientele as Marchesa. Baby doll dresses, high-glam cocktail dresses and crystal embellished evening gowns are all key items. Prices from £250 to £600.

020 7351 0002


New Zealand designer Sheryl May's 20-piece collection has a contemporary personality with plenty of trend boxes ticked. Black or white smock dresses with laser-cut leather tabards appear alongside puff-sleeved printed shirts with pussy-bow ties and crystal embellished T-shirts. Prices from £42 to £85.

020 7587 5277


Opika may be building a fan base for its handbags, but is best-known for its belts. Despite using materials from springbok and ostrich, the label claims to use only by-products from South African farms. Prices from £32 to £88.

01943 865516


Last season, Danish designer Jens Laugesen showed cleverly cut androgynous looks in luxury fabrics. For autumn 07, short cape coats in cashmere give a masculine edge, with bib-front dress shirts providing retro glamour. Prices from £75 to £95.

020 7033 3701


Milliner William Sharp's 100-piece collection spans trilbies, cloche styles, berets, baker boy designs, caps and beanies. His signature Swarovski crystals appear on trims, floral patterns or scattered delicately. Prices £21 to £200.

020 7739 3700


Clever and fun detailing is key at Boudoir. Leopard prints are made up of tiny cat-shaped dots. The collection is ultra feminine with floor-sweeping evening dresses sitting alongside ruffle-front shirt dresses, lace-layered tunics and jewel embellished tops. Prices from £40 to £259.

020 7725 5700


The 12-piece line from artist Alnea Miskiv includes sculptural pieces with a sportswear feel. Each season, Miskiv chooses two words on which to base the collection. For autumn 07, they are 'vintage abstraction'. Prices from £25 to £60.

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With mottos like 'recycling since 1997', it is clear that From Somewhere is serious about its ethical credentials. Essentially environmentally-friendly fashion, chunky and lightweight tweed on trousers and coats dominate alongside puffball skirts with layered frills. Prices from £65 to £160.

020 8743 7061


Despite having been around for seven years, this is only the third time Ghulam Sakina has exhibited at New Generation. Unusual fabric combinations see woven jersey layered with georgette with different weights of wool juxtaposed to create a feminine impression. Prices from £42 to £230.

020 7725 5700


At House of Holland for autumn 07 a metallic fuchsia trapeze line dress sits alongside a capped-sleeved plastic mini dress, and a Swarovski crystal embellished taffeta trapeze line dress. Designer Henry Holland has also collaborated on a range of footwear with Kickers. Prices from £15 to £150.

07801 891365


Australian designer Richard Nicoll's shirting collection incorporates gemmed shoulder panels and fringing. There are also bolero-style jackets in grey and black with colour injected through a fuchsia pink shirt and tangerine jeans. The collection is wearable and flamboyant. Prices from £200 to £500.

020 7684 2184


Jenne O's rock 'n' roll meets fetish footwear is now in its fourth season, with stockists including Browns Focus and Coco de Mer in London as well as her own Soho shop. Expect plenty of spike heels and straps in dramatic colours and fabrics. Prices from £80 to £280.

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Inspired by medieval and Celtic jewellery, the autumn 07 Blush B-lush accessories collection features elaborate multi-layered cut-out patterns. The range spans bags in all sizes as well as belts, wallets and make-up purses. The brand has 74 stockists globally. Prices from £35 to £160.

0034 971 671176


During its six-year lifecycle, Los Angeles-based brand T-Bags has evolved from simply a handbags range into a much more substantial collection. Recognised for its bright prints, sequinned kaftans and maxi dresses, the label works primarily in jersey to produce 12different patterns for its collections each season. In terms of prints, both floral and geometric designs drive the brand's key looks for autumn 07. T-Bags currently has 40 stockists in the UK, including Prices from £48 to £80.

07973 724112


Aura Bella's pretty 70-piece collection has a nostalgic feel with laundered-looking prints in faded shades of plum, peach, sea blue and taupe on mix-and-match designs. Velvet jackets have ruched chiffon collars and satin panelling, while dresses have plaited necklines. Prices from £29 to £100.

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