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Autumn 10

Soo Lee

Short and floaty evening dresses are the mainstay of Soo Lee, and the autumn 10 collection features ruched shoulder details, draped layers and sparkly fabrics. There is also an emphasis on embellishment on necklines and shoulders. This extends to long jersey tops, which come in muted greys and maroons, with detachable, military-inspired shoulder details.

Prices: £14 to £55

Contact: 020 7383 3111

Ruby Rocks

Ruby Rocks uses hand batik and tie-dye prints on jumpsuits and maxi dresses in soft, jersey cotton, often over-printed with drawn graphics of feathers and peace signs, giving a casual, hippy feel. Batik ditsy prints also run across short, cotton puffball dresses, suitable for daywear. An accessories range includes the brand’s signature graphics on crystal rings.

Prices: £14 to £24

Contact: 07973 718301

Ci Ci

Girly chiffon dresses in single colours are the signature look at Ci Ci. Detailing comes as ruffles and sculptural pleats, rather than embellishment, and colours are generally quite muted - although there is the occasional splash of royal blue for autumn 10. The few prints on offer are either subtle ditsy designs or one-coloured, for example grey on grey.

Prices: £14 to £48

Contact: 07983 552044

Tin Tin London

A fun, flirty 1950s vibe informs Tin Tin London’s collection, which features ditsy-print fabrics sourced from France. Dresses are generally short, fitted, floral and prom-style - think Lily Allen - but there is the occasional longer, ruched piece. The collection also includes a selection of ditsy-print macs and kitsch, embellished T-shirts.

Prices: £7 to £14

Contact: 020 8457 7462

G-Heaven

It’s all about kooky graphics at G-Heaven for autumn 10, which are repeated across jumpsuits and maxi dresses, or irregularly printed over short A-line shift dresses, produced in felt-effect fabrics. The jumpsuits in particular are a major feature of the collection and include a kitsch owl design, as well as easier-to-wear feather prints.

Prices: £6.50 to £16

Contact: 020 7272 7000

Pink Soda

After a few seasons spent flirting with jersey styles, Pink Soda has gone back to its roots for autumn 10 and is firmly embracing the heavy embellishment that was the original signature look. Silk dresses are short and beaded, and come in soft blush tones as well as greys and blacks. Those jersey tops that remain are also heavily decorated.

Prices: £24 to £82

Contact: 020 7570 6393

Rare

Hailing from Liverpool, eveningwear brand Rare focuses on short dresses with a strong dose of WAG-ish glamour. At the simpler end, best-sellers include a stretch cotton one-shoulder dress with sculptural chiffon detailing, while more elaborate styles in the new, premium Opulent range feature feathers, all-over sequins and ruffled tiers. The majority of styles are strapless.

Prices: £9 to £40

Contact: 0151 207 8060

Traffic People

This flamboyant label’s in-season offer includes long silk maxis and short party dresses, produced in eye-catching metallics. Rock-inspired appliquéd roses feature heavily across floaty chiffon dresses and tops, while one of Traffic People’s top sellers is a tight-fitting jersey dress in a riot of colours, with ruching down the front.

Prices: £11.50 to £48

Contact: 01245 280878

Orion London

Vintage-inspired prints and high-quality fabrics are key to Orion London’s collection, giving it a Bloomsbury Set feel. Dresses tend to be produced in loose, simple shapes, and come in just one or two sizes that aim to cover standard dress sizes 8 to 12. The label has also introduced more outerwear for autumn 10, including a leopard-print wool-mix coat.

Prices: £23 to £49

Contact: 020 7644 2904

Gia London

Upmarket brand Gia London combines elaborate embroidery with luxe fabrics such as light-as-a-feather silk on a series of hippy-chic dresses. It is deliberately not a trend-led brand but the offer does include on-trend pieces such as black and pink silk dresses with heavy embellishment at the neck and loose-fit dresses with cut-out daisy patterns.

Prices: £50 to £140

Contact: 020 8245 5226

Cutie

Targeted squarely at teens, this year-old brand offers short evening dresses with on-trend details such as lace, sequins and heavy embellishment. The autumn 10 collection includes a silk-effect jumpsuit with cutaway detailing at the front and a statement embellished neckline. Wet-look and patterned leggings come in animal prints or with slash details.

Prices: £12 to £25

Contact: 020 8983 3359

Yumi

The autumn 10 collection from Yumi includes satin-effect maxi dresses in olives and greys, with subtle neckline embellishment, as well as short prom-style dresses covered in lace in black and white. Olive also features in a sludgy palette on daywear, which includes cotton maxi dresses, parkas with drawstring waists and short dresses with feature zips and ditsy prints.

Prices: £15 to £36

Contact: 020 8961 2299

 

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