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London Fashion Week: Day one round up

Antoni and Alison celebrated 25 years in the business with a collection of “new work” - a study of dresses splashed with prints of paint brush strokes and trompe l’oeil fabrics, jazzy buckles and gems.

At Fyodor Golan beautiful couture-like dresses marched out in the stunning Waldorf hotel were a theme of ancient mythology came through but it was certainly no Greek tragedy.

Caroline Charles’ extra long show covered everything you’d ever need for a summer holiday - swimsuits and easy dresses through to casually tailored separates. Not necessarily the most inspiring of the day but certainly one of the most commercial for the Charles customer.

Zoe Jordan was a highlight, with a sleek city sports vibe that will sure to have an influence on the high street come spring 13. We were also offered gin and tonics upon arrival at 12 in the afternoon (both members of the fashion team declined, honest!)

Corrie Nielsen told me in our Drapers LFW preview feature that a visit to Kew Gardens inspired her new range. This resulted in sculptural botanical forms appearing on the catwalk and a finale dress that got the crowds talking.

At first we thought someone forgot to turn the lights on at the Willow show as we stumbled about in the dark to find our seats. Once the lights came up, they revealed a great collection that balanced a soft and ‘willowy’ side with a tough edginess for an interesting take on cool femininity.

Bora Aksu continued this soft and billowing feel, with soft blues and lilacs on gauzy layered and printed fabrics creating what we could only describe as a jellyfish-like movement on voluminous dresses.

A rising star in our mind (and another highlight of the day), Eudon Choi bought us modern luxe through a space age sports look. Boxy oversized outerwear in ice white perforated fabrics and a twinkling metallic jumpsuit stood out, alongside a mixing of matte and shiny fabrics and crisp white shirts. Three people said the same word post show: sharp.

More mismatching of fabrics and prints walked the catwalk at Jean Pierre Braganza, while a sexy take on tuxedo dressing and literal disco ball trousers stood out at Sass and Bide. Abstract botanical prints and fluffy floral embellishments were the order of the day at Felder Felder were pop star Kate Nash sang live throughout the show, while the crowds descended on PPQ for a packed out show (that even had a huge queue still waiting outside).

Day two promised to be even more jam packed, make sure you’re following our Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr for live updates!

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