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London collections hit the catwalk

London collections hit the catwalk

Several designers chose a more voluminous and capacious silhouette for their Autumn/Winter inspirations.  With fur, leather and lashings of velvet on the catwalks, the theme was resolutely rockstar, urban dandy and city denizen.  Of course, Autumn can be rather predictable – layering, texturing and of course, indispensable knitwear, but it offers rather generously, every opportunity to shine (quite literally) in glossy cherry sheen leathers – sculpted sharply and worn under a thick wool or cashmere coat.  Look at the offerings of Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Burberry for the ultimate in masculine chic.

6a00e54ecca8b9883301a3fc38a6d7970bBurberry modelA definite nod to the relatively minimalist trends of the 1990s was more than evident and so was the appearance of slim, trim leather trousers which can be a bridge too far for some.  But teamed carefully with a strict coat or underscored by a more than casual zip-up top (although still sharp) they can look effortlessly elegant.  The secret is to wear leather in a monochrome way…not always black, but if black is a base, you can get away with quite a lot.  Navy, black, burgundy and leopard print made bold appearances with thigh-length luxurious coats from amongst others, Dunhill and J.W Anderson changing the way you might look at your wardrobe.

If you think pattern is a definite no-go area – and for staunch minimalists it is – the Autumn/Winter trends for  tribal and speedy computer-inspired dynamics on jumpers or more boldly on whole coatings may need  a little more than the usual flair to wear.

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