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London Fashion Week: day three, buyer diary

On day three of LFW, Drapers catches up with’s buying director Natalie Kingham to find out her stand out catwalk collections from New York and London Fashion Week so far, plus her trends to watch for the spring 18 season.

How was New York Fashion Week?

Personal highlights were Brock Collection, which felt very modern. I loved the feminine English wallpaper florals. Diane Von Furstenberg was a great show with strong signature colours. Polka dots at Caroline Hererra and Lisa Marie Fernandez also stood out and macaroon colours at Sies Marjan and Gabriela Hearst set a trend. Zimmerman also had super feminine florals which I loved.

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Sies Marjan

Why do you attend London Fashion Week?

I love London Fashion Week for the spirit of creativity. I hope to find forward thinking designers such as those showing at Fashion East – the show continues to go from strength to strength and its always inspiring to be there. There’s been a really upbeat energy this season and it’s so great to see so many brands with a strong view point.

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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

What shows collections stood out today and show far this season?

I really enjoyed Preen by Thornton Bregazzi today. There were some great dress shapes for summer and I loved the signature florals which continued from last season. Mary Katrantzou’s show was great, with the theme and inspiration of deep sea diving with scuba dresses, coral reefs, sequin embellishments and jelly shoes.

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Mary Katrantzou

JW Anderson was another favourite from London Fashion Week, his tea-towel style white linen trousers and tops stood out. Simone Rocha’s silk bias cut dresses in cream and black and her patchwork apron dresses and jewelled hairclips were beautiful.

Halpern was another highlight at London Fashion Week. Michael’s approach to glamour is unique from what everyone else is doing and he brings some much needed colour and shine to evening and daytime looks.

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Simone Rocha

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