London Fashion Week AW13: Day two highlights

First show: Fuzzy-meets-shiny textures at Antipodium

New name to know: Michaela Buerger. I’m all over these crochet sweatshirts…

Marques’ Almeida moving their shredded denim to the next level. Cue raw silks in orange and denim blue, ponyskin jackets and camo-patched denim dresses. It’s a bit love-hate with Marques’Almeida but I love it. Also love the bad-girl make-up…



Yang Du’s sealife-themed knits (say hello to this snappy little scarf number)… and her rather special flower vase…

Front row perk. Charging my phone, just cos I can, thanks to Vodafone’s special front row charger drawers (hey every second counts in this game)

Palmer Harding’s presentation developed ideas based around ways with a white shirt. This silk one has a secret ‘interior belt’, a lovely detail that represents the conflict between comfort, ease, sensuality and womanliness…

Sophia Webster’s playful luxe footwear (pre-fall) – don’t miss the pencil and scribbles…

Thomas Tait is one of my LFW must-sees, simply because it’s the stuff I like to wear; everyday, masculine shapes in super-luxe fabrics (not that I can afford it obvs). This season he showed in an underground car park – albeit a posh one, in St James’s – that seemingly stretched back into infinite darkness. From there, into cinematic clouds of red-lit dry ice, the models speed-walked dressed in a mix of sports-tech cagoules, stirrup pants and track suits, plus the most delicious, minimalist leather coats and jackets I’ll see this season. Oh and Teva-esque sandals. With socks. Somehow it worked and when two dozen models marched en masse, like characters from a 1980s French futuristic movie for the finale (cue The Eurythmics: Sex Crime), it was like bandage dresses and plat-heels had never existed…



[All images/Disneyrollergirl except Marques’ Almeida closeups by Filippo L’Astorina/The Upcoming; Thomas Tait puffa coat by @1Granary)

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