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London Fashion Week: Buyers line up wish lists

Buyers will flock to London Fashion Week tomorrow looking for outerwear and catwalk inspiration from the likes of Acne and Richard Nicoll.

Sebastian Manes, buying director of womenswear, accessories and childrenswear for Selfridges, said: “I’ve just changed my job so I am excited to see every single show.” He said it was difficult to tell what he would be looking for specifically but added he had noticed lots of suiting with classic coats and dresses at New York Fashion Week.

Manes added: “[In New York] Alexander Wang was looking good with some interesting silhouettes – I’m not sure how commercial it is but it is probably the most interesting.” He also said he would be looking closely at outerwear after the cold weather meant sales of coats rocketed last autumn.

“I’m excited about London Fashion Week,” said Nadia Jones, creative director of womenswear chain Oasis. “London always delivers a fresh, exciting modernity that is unique, directional compared to the rest of world.”

Jones added: “I m looking forward to so many shows - Acne a personal favourite of mine, Roksanda Ilincic for her clever cutting and draping and wonderful use of colour and Giles for his surprising, quirky designs for today’s modern woman.” She too said Richard Nicoll, Holly Fulton, Marios Schwab and Meadham Kirkchoff were collections she would look forward to seeing.

Ed Burstell, managing director of iconic London department store Liberty, said he was looking forward to seeing the creative designs from Central Saint Martin graduates as well as Meadham Kirchoff, who he branded “the best of the new”.  Burstell also said he was looking forward to seeing Acne and called it “one of the coolest brands on the planet”. He too highlighted JW Anderson, Michael van der Ham, Richard Nicoll, Peter Pilotto and Fashion East as designers he was looking forward to seeing.

Justine Mills, owner of premium indie Cricket in Liverpool said was particularly looking forward to seeing the Matthew Williamson show and added: “It’s the 10th anniversary of Temperley so I’m really excited to see how they mark that.”

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