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11 Things I Liked From London Fashion Week

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London Fashion Week is a wrap — and this season, designers’ references were all over the map. There were nautical motifs, Pangaea-themed collections, floppy hats, and lots of tulle. Here, more on my 11 favorite looks from the week.

1. Jonathan Saunders showed strappy grommeted leather sandals and Chelsea boots in his collaboration with Christian Louboutin. We hope these shoes will be produced come spring.

2. At J.W. Anderson, I loved this breezy dress tricked out with horn buttons. And, of course, the crazy floppy hats.

3. Preen got the crowd moving with a bright, sporty collection featuring beaded fringe dresses that swished delightfully down the runway.

4. Mary Katrantzou’s Pangaea-inspired collection featured embellished tectonic-plate-crusted dresses and crystalline heels

5. Jourdan Dunn’s appearance at Topshop Unique stole the show. I especially loved her blunt haircut worn with a sleeveless, sporty striped top, sleek high-waisted pants, and a thick burgundy elastic belt. She was the epitome of cool. 

6. Simone Rocha paid attention to detail with her spring lineup. Marabou-trimmed hems, bags, and shoes and fantastic 3-D florals bloomed from dresses.

7. Erdem’s wonderfully beautiful collection had many standouts, but the lush, jungle-inspired floral gowns were the most fun to watch come down the runway — especially during the string-quartet version of the Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind?”

8. Tulle seemed to be the fabric of choice this week. Christopher Kane’s controlled palette of cream, black, bordeaux, and cornflower blue was softened up by touches of tulle. This minimal little dress had just the right amount of fluff peeking out at the bottom.

9. It’s probably hard for Burberry to reinvent its iconic trench coat each season, but when each model walked the finale wearing printed-linen trenches in deep, saturated colors, it looked fresh.

10. While known for bold prints, Peter Pilotto’s spring outing featured elaborate embroidered and beaded coats that were reminiscent of stained glass windows. 

11. In Roksanda’s sculptural show full of bright, color-blocked neoprene, this black organza dress was a palette cleanser. Subtle royal blue piped throughout the silhouette like a Twombly.

11 Things I Liked From London Fashion Week