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Texture, fur, prints and pleats dominate London Fashion Week weekend

With London Fashion Week in full swing the weekend brought a plethora of autumn 12 treats with designers showcasing a selection of fur, prints and pleats.

Texture was the order of the day at Mulberry’s catwalk yesterday with creative director Emma Hill employing an abundance of fur from rabbit to sheepskin and Mongolian fur. The outwear stood out from the crowd and included a long sheepskin coat, printed fur trimmed parkas and fur gilets. The coats were layered with chunky knits and knee grazing skirts in an autumnal colour palette of tan, chocolate, cream, navy, with pops of tangerine and gold.

A Renaissance-painting inspired collection, Temperley London showcased bright printed dresses with oriental flower patterns topped with fur hats. Elegance came in the form of long gowns in silk and lace, which were slit to the thigh, along with floor length dresses heavily embellished with beads and embroidery. Daytime dresses were kept short and sweet with crochet lace and cut out detailing. Further separates included high waisted flared skirts in red and gold teamed with nude blouses.

Pleats, tartan and tights gave Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label collection a school girl edge yet eclectic prints and tailoring gave the range a more mature look. Purple and orange African print knits played a strong part alongside strong masculine tailoring teamed with feminine ruffled shirting and smoking suits. Westwood’s signature checked and draped dresses, too, were present.

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