Paul Smith (all images from Style.com)
With Patti Smith as inspiration this had to be our favourite collection at LFW. Androgynous classics contrasted with softer, feminine fabrics and bright injections of colour, and we just adore those trousers shapes.
Usually one of our favourite collections, this season we felt the strange fabric bases and unflattering shapes were not up to Betty's usual high standard. But we did love the head to toe bright tomato red. We have said it before and will say it again, coloured trousers are a 'must have'!
Austere and prim shapes in black and white, contrast with wild and shaggy goat fur jackets and gillets in an 18th century governess meets a fierce dominatrix kind of way. It seems black is back – thank goodness!!
Jaegar London designer Stuart Stockdale played with scale, using exaggerated proportions and over size details. We preferred the simpler shapes and loved the high quality luxe fabrics and colour combinations.
Inspired by 40's photographer Paul Outerbridge's pioneering techniques in colour photography, Jonathan Saunders use of colour, print and pattern, and retro inspired silhouettes stood out as one of the most exciting, yet still wearable collections at LFW.
Beautiful printed dresses, odd combinations of fabrics and layered colours, combined sophistication with a little bit of chaos at Erdem, and we loved the contrast of the simple shift dresses with the eccentric prints.
What we didn't love however was the sick looking teenagers on the runway at both Erdem and Felder Felder. These young girls may well have fast metabolism's and eat huge amounts of healthy food, but they certainly don't look as if they do and should not be held up as examples of how women should look – end of! We can't believe we are still having this conversation?
- Coloured trousers, or if they are too daring, caramel or paprika coloured trousers.
- Mens shaped trousers, either flat fronted and wide legged, or pleat fronts and paper bag waists (that's a belted, gathered in waist, for non fashion peeps!).
- An oversize boyfriend blazer, either worn with jeans or those lovely coloured cropped trousers.
- 1940's neat blouses and mid calf length tea dresses.
- Colour blocking – this is not going away! Wear a variety of different colours in an outfit, or one bright colour with black if you don't feel like making too much of a statement.
Alternatively wear one colour head to toe as seen at Betty Jackson.
- Fur – we saw it at NYFW and again in London – remember you heard it here first (or on Style.com, WGSN etc etc!!) Fur is going to be MASSIVE for Autumn/Winter 2011.