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Thursday, 20 September 2012

3BM Best Bits: LFW SS 2013

We've reached the halfway mark! London's done and dusted, and now the fashionistas have hotfooted it to Milan for the next leg of the fashion merry-go-round, Milan Fashion Week. We're already swooning over Aerial the mermaid hued beaded slips of gorgeousness shown yesterday at Alberta Ferretti and we're seriously loving the kaleidoscope of hothouse colour-blocked Gucci pieces which nicely offset the monochrome evening gowns that Frida Giannini sent down the runway. But, can the rest of Milan match up to last week's London out-and-out amazingness? We'll have to see...

In the meantime, here's our round-up of our favourite moments from LFW staged in the indisputable fashion capital of the world... (what can we say? We're patriotic!)

More Than Just Pretty Dresses at Vivienne Westwood
Who says fashion's frivolous? In usual punkish Westwood style, the 71 year old designer closed her LFW show by parading down the catwalk in a t-shirt proclaiming 'Climate Revolution' below a banner bearing the same slogan. Championing the sustainable fashion cause, Westwood urged dedicated followers of fashion to "buy less, choose well, make it last". 

And the politics didn't stop there. In a show of support for the WikiLeaks' founder's battle against his extradition, Westwood handed out T-shirts to models and celebrities bearing her face and the words "I'm Julian Assange". a A particularly provocative move given that the show was being staged at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Headquarters in London... 
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Issa: Exoticism and Acid Brights
Politics aside, fashion week wouldn't be fashion week without some very pretty dresses... And very pretty dresses is what Issa excels at. We brought you news earlier this week of the brand new Issa online store and we now can't wait until these beauties land next spring. We sense that internet shopping time may need to be rationed to avoid fatal damage to our credit cards...

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Liberty Ross Hits Back
Liberty Ross walking at Wang was one of our NYFW highlights and, this week, at a London Fashion Week party, the new head-held-high Liberty stepped out looking fabulous in fur with a new man on her arm. Rupert who?

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What's Black & White and Worn All Over?
We sensed that monochrome was going to be hot for Spring when we spied Marc Jacobs' Bridget Riley-esque collection and a runway awash with black and white at BCBG Max Azria. But if there was any doubt at all in our Micey minds, it was definitely pushed aside by the monochrome mania sweeping London last week, in particular at Sass & Bide, Giles and Topshop Unique. Gucci continued the trend over in Milan yesterday. We say go and dig out your best black and white immediately, nothing's chicer than this classic colour combo. 

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Treacy went Gaga
Is it a bird? Is it a blancmange? Don't be ridiculous, it's Gaga...

Following surprise catwalk guests in New York last week, milliner, Philip Treacy, outshone them all by sending a hot pink net shrouded superstar out to open his first runway show in thirteen years. Lady Gaga kicked off the show before darting to sit front row to watch the parade of eye-popping headpieces modeled by an all black cast of girls wearing original Michael Jackson stage costumes. You couldn't make it up...

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Stellar FROW at Mulberry (as well as gnomes and real life poodles...)
Alexa Chung, Olivia Palermo, Jessica Ennis, Lana Del Rey, Kate Moss and a whole host of our current favourite actresses. A page from Victoria Beckham's address book? No, just Mulberry's front row...

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The vibe was English country garden, complete with giant plastic garden gnomes, laser cut flowers, lizard motifs and real life poodles... The show kicked off fashionably late, thirty minutes after it was due to start, reputedly down to the fact that Miss Moss wasn't running to schedule. Still, we're sure that Emma Hill will forgive her, the Super later gushed to the press about the latest Mulberry arm-candy offering, the Willow - a tote which comes complete with a removable clutch. We're with you Kate, we want. A LOT!

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Mary K Wishes You Were Here
The queen of print, Mary Katrantzou, reigned supreme this week with a collection inspired by stamps and bank notes from around the world. We weren't quite as enamoured with the SS collection as we were with the teaspoon and typewriter prints from the AW collection, but we're head over heels for those serrated stamp-edge trimmed Louboutin booties!

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Anya Hindmarch Merry-Go-Round
In February, handbag genius, Anya Hindmarch turned nutty professor meets Willy Wonka to showcase her AW collection, so we were super excited to see what the SS showcase would bring... And Super excitement was most certainly warranted! The final day of LFW saw Poppy Delevigne and Olivia Palermo perched front row before a carousel swirling to provide a glimpse of a various cheeky Victorian tableaus centered around some particularly delicious handbags. Words can't do it justice, check out the video below...

Bum's the New Black at Pam Hogg
Better step up the squats immediately, it's official, next spring if you want to be on trend your bottom's going to need to be in tip top shape. In a move that makes McQueen's bumsters look chaste, Pam Hogg sent Alice Dellal down the runway with her peachy posterior fully on display. Hmmm, we think this may be one look that the Mice won't be channeling...

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Right, we're off to resume watch to see what those impossibly stylish Italians come up with next...

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