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London Fashion Week: highlights from day three including Vivienne Westwood and Topshop Unique

The emerging trends and stand out directions from the third day of LFW.

With it-girls Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner and Pixie Geldof among the famous faces watching from the front row, Topshop Unique’s autumn 15 show revisited several of the trends seen already this season in its own youthful, British way.  Heritage, fur and polo necks all featured heavily here, as they did in New York at shows including Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren.

Vivienne Westwood knows what her customers want, and that’s exactly what she gave them with her autumn 15 Red Label collection. Westwood signatures whipped up into new season lengths, fabrics, colours and finishes. There was her sexy tailoring, with flappy lapels and swirling, wonky button up fronts. Dresses wrapped, ruched, draped and slung across the body with that Westwood attitude, this time in printed velvet, tiger-like stripes or with flowing trains and symmetric hems. The outerwear was quieter but just as stong, like the neat little Harris Tweed pea coat or boxy blazer-like overcoat.

There was a 1920s swing to the long-line shapes and layered looks at Temperley London, with shin grazing coats, extra long knits and wide swishy trousers creating a more relaxed look for the label. Tribal inspirations were cited for the colourful geometrics that tessellated across intarsia knitwear, but these were an more elegant take on the typical tribal style. Louche trousers added a mannish touch, covered in silver sequins or teamed with tailored velvet tuxedo jackets for a new Temperley eveningwear look.

The boho hippie girl will always be at the heart of the Matthew Williamson brand, but this season she was a little bit cooler – the vibe was more New York than Ibiza. Inspired by the signs of the zodiac and birthstones, Williamson’s autumn 15 collection was rich with colour and texture. Psychedelic floral prints and shaggy Mongolian lamb tapped in to the 1970s trend, which looks set to still be big news for autumn 15.  

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