London Fashion Week: The collections I can’t wait to hit the shops


London Fashion Week (LFW) is in full swing and while I’m still waiting patiently for my front row tickets to arrive in the post, I’ve found that the best way to keep myself amused while the cream of the world’s fashion elite display their wares, is to earmark the collections that I hope will be gracing the high street sooner rather than later.

Although Bajan beauty and all round international superstar Rihanna spent just ten seconds gracing the LFW stage with her presence for the debut of her Rihanna For River Island range, I intend to dedicate at least a weekend of souped-up shopping to giving the threads designed by the pop diva a thorough once over. And while I have yet to put my ‘slim for summer’ plan into action, (Josie Gibson where are you when I need you?), I am still confident that I will be able to pull off something from the collection’s array of dare to bare outfits which includes denim shirts, cropped tops, patterned trousers and smart slip dresses and floral shorts.

Topshop also proved that it continues to take the high street fashion crown with its Unique collection drawing admiring glances from spectators and proving that the words laidback and luxe aren’t diametrically opposed.

Understanding that every girl’s wardrobe needs to make the transition from day to nightwear as smoothly as possible; the high street retailer’s autumn/winter 2013 collection boasted anything from PVC workwear to pink soft shearling coats, what more could us followers of fashion need?

As a fan of all things feminine and floaty, though my day look normally betrays this idea, my eyes were immediately drawn to the sumptuous, romantic dresses created by designer Marios Schwab. One particular light pink, body-con style dress with black floral detailing and what I can only describe matching, long, cape-style jacket, will definitely hit the right notes with me providing I forge ahead with my plan to become fit and fab by the time the temperature gauge reads above 12C.

Matthew Williamson is no stranger to the high street, regularly bringing his distinctly bold and beautiful fashion ranges to retail giants such as Debenhams. It’s for this reason that I am entertaining a glimmer of hope that his LFW collection will available in one guise or another, with a price tag that’s a little more suited to my modest budget.

Taking inspiration from the idea of ‘English rose seeking adventures new’, the celebrated British designer showed off a collection featuring signature ethnic embroideries, geometric patterns and a liberal sprinkling of tassels.

With so much to look forward to in both spring/summer and autumn winter, the only decision I’ll need to make is how I’ll be able to accessorise my 2013 outfits to the hilt.

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