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Autumn designer picks

Fashion’s Autumn arrives on a swathe of dark Victoriana, 80s-inspired eveningwear and challenging 70s-inspired patterning and colouring in the daywear. The plethora of deliberately ugly jumpers need no mention here, as well, you can get the idea without my help, likewise the eveningwear of  uninspiring blacks, reds and luxes that make even designer look cheap. However, there are some great notes to take away, such as the preponderance of shearling and the affection for quirky accessories.

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Erdem Angela printed silk-organza cape, £1,150.

A painterly pattern, murky pre-Raphaelite colours and structured shape make this a cape for drama. Who needs a flimsy cape you might ask, but the question should surely be who doesn’t need a cape? It will pay for itself in no time by increasing the drama of every single exit you make by at least 50%.
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Isabel Marant Roddy leather-trimmed suede ankle boots, £415.

Not got the cojones for full-on dark Victoriana? These booties are gateway Victoriana, easing you in before you graduate to maxi-tulle and capes.
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Junya Watanabe Cutout wool-felt cape, £785.
I know, it’s another cape, but really a survey of the latest high fashion isn’t going to be all polo-necks and trousers, you can get those anywhere. This is the really fun stuff. One of my favourite designers unveils another inspirational shape.

 

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Simone Perele Look embroidered stretch-tulle and jersey underwired bra, £70, and Look embroidered stretch-tulle and jersey briefs, £45.
Some dark-Victoriana in underwear form.

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Anya Hindmarch Custard Cream Clutch, £995.

Has there ever before been an object that has so instantly won my affection as this brass rendering of an excellent biscuit? No.

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Peter Pilotto Track embroidered tulle and wool-blend crepe dress, £1,445.
Detailing inspired by pinball makes this dress both retro and innovative.
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Fendi Shearling ankle boots, £1,100.

What would happen if a slipper and a stripper shoe mated? The unholy progeny would most likely resemble this deliriously silly boot: both cosy and kinky, which is confusing for everybody.

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Marni Gold-plated resin earrings, £200.
Mid-century minimalism in burgundy resin makes these earrings chicer than anything that is essentially fancy plastic has a right to be.
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Pedro Garcia Xadani shearling-lined suede ankle boots, £340.
More shearling for the pampered foot.
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Paula Cademartori Dun Dun mini appliquéd leather and suede shoulder bag, £1,335.
Psychedelic suede.
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Street Summer

The high street has an embarrassment of riches to make you look as irresistible as the rare rays this summer, for any event you care to attend.

Wedding

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The textured weave fabric and bold, bright paint-like pattern give a designer look to this reasonably-priced dress. Wear with simple pearl studs and neutral shoes to ensure the dress is the star.

Sleeveless dress £29.99, H&M

Pearl effect stud earrings, £4, Marks and Spencer

High heel leather sandals with ribbon, £45.99, Zara

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Another exquisite pick from H&M. The beaded embroidery and tulle is reminiscent of Giambattista Valli. Continue the bling but subvert any girly tweeness with a dramatic skull bracelet. Wear with simple accessories – maybe even a beaten up denim jacket to bring down the frou-frou.

Tulle dress, £49.99, H&M

King of the skulls crystal bracelet, £32, Galibardy.com

Festival

All eventualities are covered here: keep your hair back, eyes protected, neck em-blingened, clothes covered lightly, feet comfy and your party intentions emblazoned across your chest with this stylish yet practical look.

Embroidered headband, £2, Topshop

Clove Clubmasters sunglasses, £18, Topshop

Curb chain necklace, £35, & Other Stories

Sleeveless parka jacket, £52, Topshop

Coin bag, £10, Topshop

T-Shirt with sequin slogan print, £55, Religion

Shorts, £13, Primark
Adidas Superstar Gs, £49.99, Office
Picnic in the park

This delectable dress, with on-trend guipure lace stars, creates an air of whimsy perfect for whiling away lazy hours in the park. Team with equally bohemian accessories.

Guipere stars dress, £39.99, Zara

Fringe leather sandals, £34.99, Mango

Beaded purse, £15, River Island

Lunch

Get more design for your buck with these simple yet strikingly chic pieces. If you’re feeling brave clash the blue dress with red colour-pop flats, if not, go for neutral.

Sweetheart neckline dress, £79, & Other Stories

Steelcat sunglasses, £30, Quay

Pointy leather flats, £55, & Other Stories

Out and about

A boilersuit is easy to wear yet very high in the style stakes. The clean, modern and feminine design of the sandals add interest and soften the utilitarianism. The chain necklace from the festival outfit would go very well here too.

Moto ecru boilersuit, £65, Topshop

Asha sunglasses, £30, Quay

Leather sandals, £65, & Other Stories

Coffee and brunches

Being comfortable and dressed down doesn’t mean you have to be any less sexy: just look at this outfit in understated jersey, which is ramped-up with a viciously fierce earring and striking ring.

V neck shirt, £19,

Jersey skirt, £45,

and dangling rhinestone pendant earring, £12, all & Other Stories

Strap cord sandals, £19.99, Mango

Lucite agate and amethyst sterling silver ring, £45, Galibardy.com

Fringe leather bag, £59.99, Mango

Work

Clean, light separates are lifted with quirky gold and coloured accessories.

Denim pocket shirt, £45, Topshop

Linen blend straight leg trousers, £31.60, Marks and Spencer

Lion head cross body bag, £25, Topshop

Glimmer stone bangle, £14.40, Marks and Spencer

Zip up leather flats, £79, & Other Stories

Coral and shell necklace, £15.99, Zara

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Lindsay Lohan Designs

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Lindsay Lohan is the cover star of today’s Sunday Times Style magazine, promoting a collaboration with British label Lavish Alice. The clothes are not great, it has to be said. The lead outfit is a kind of saggy, grey-marl jumper and flares combo which looks like it’d be unflattering and hard to wear. By which I mean the cotton, spandex and polyester mix looks like the arse would go saggy after a few hours of wear. There are lots of non-descript tasselly things and a striped blazer and shorts combo which is just about the only wearable thing. Lavish Alice is obviously expecting to be inundated with orders with the disclaimer: “Please note, due to extremely high demand, your order may take longer to dispatch than usual.” Is this reverse psychology?

Lohan mysteriously – ominously – has her right eye covered in all the promotional photos. Uh oh, what happened? Or is this a look?

The interview, the first since her surreally interminable probation finally ended, was a master class in damning by faint praise. Giles Hattersley describes her as smelling like “trouble, but you’ve got to love it.” He concludes “I’ll say this for her: at least she doesn’t seem tragic.” God, that is the epitome of damned by faint praise. How would you feel if someone said that about you?

I’m fascinated by Lohan. Because she was so pretty and now looks like a 40-something divorcee addicted to fillers. Because she has a big chest and seemingly refuses to wear a bra, which, as someone who also has a big chest, I find curious. It’s not about aesthetics, it’s just uncomfortable not to. Because she seems so lost and seems to want to destroy herself. Because she has been ravaged by the press like other young women who dare to be talented and not “good”. She is continually castigated by the press and, yet, they can’t look away. Every article about her comes with the obligatory Mean Girls shot. That was 11 years ago, we don’t really care about that. It was a good film but come on. What we care about is the vicarious, visceral thrill of watching someone’s life unravel. She is all that is dangerous about modern fame personified and she seems so defeated already. I wish her the best – I hope she starts getting attention for her talent again and not her chaotic life that seems to prompt smirking superiority in all those who witness it. Whatever money she was paid for that interview, it wasn’t worth it.

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Renegade Mistress

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Disco bobbles

Let us celebrate the release of Roisin Murphy’s new album by admiring some of her most appealingly edgy looks from over the years. The powerhouse of glacial disco appeared on Sunday Brunch this weekend to promote her album in a joyously kitsch dress and a vicious necklace, with which I quickly became mesmerised. Unfortunately, you cannot see the necklace in the photo of this appearance but I was struck enough for this to be the start of a quest to find its provenance. It also lead me to look back over Roisin’s sartorial archive and, boy, did it not disappoint. The problem was narrowing it down to only the 26 pictures I’ve included here.

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In Gareth Pugh at the Dior S/S 2009 show in Paris

LONDON - NOVEMBER 25:  Singer Roisin Murphy attends the British Fashion Awards 2008 held at The Lawrence Hall on November 25, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

LONDON – NOVEMBER 25: Singer Roisin Murphy attends the British Fashion Awards 2008 held at The Lawrence Hall on November 25, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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Dolce & Gabbana dress at the Serpentine Gallery party, 2009

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Seven months’ pregnant in a Viktor & Rolf tutu jacket at their show in Paris, 2009

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2010 – Modelling her Linda Farrow Vintage golden frames.

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Elle Style Awards, 2008

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Young / Rex Features ( 766542E ) Roisin Murphy Jake and Dinos Chapman 'If Hitler Had Been a Hippy, How Happy Would We Be' exhibition, White Cube, London, Britain - 29 May 2008

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Young / Rex Features ( 766542E )
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Jake and Dinos Chapman ‘If Hitler Had Been a Hippy, How Happy Would We Be’ exhibition, White Cube, London, Britain – 29 May 2008

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Retro Flourish

Retro style doesn’t have to be old-fashioned – sometimes a nod to a different era can propel a design into unexplored territory. See how contemporary designers reference ages through style.

Victoriana

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Lanvin Embellished duchesse-satin maxi skirt £1,870

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/504443/Lanvin/embellished-duchesse-satin-maxi-skirt

Evoke a bygone era with this voluminous satin maxi-skirt. Pair with dramatic yet directional earrings and a simple silk camisole for romance with an edge.
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Christopher Kane Silk-chiffon blouse £495
Christopher Kane Chiffon-paneled satin skirt £995
The master of the sharpest design surprises with a sweet blouse and skirt combo that could complement even Katherine Hepburn with its patrician grace.

1950s

Miu Miu Reversible shearling coat £5,235
Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-plated faux pearl ring £65
Luxuriate in the role of 1960s sex kitten with a decadent candy-coloured shearling coat – perfect matched with a figure-hugging jumper dress, minxish heels and a pearl ring.
1960s
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Acne Studios Silk-blend organza mini dress £950
Directional structuring creates a stunning take on the A-line dress. Wear with dinky flats and the oversized Celine earrings from above for a truly hip update on Edie Sedgwick’s “Factory Girl” style.
 1970s

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Alexander McQueen Crepe jacket £2,075

Acne Studios Luisa I shiny grass green trousers £1600
Finds + Catherine Prevost 18-karat gold nugget ring
The crepe jacket has padded shoulders and fierce tailoring for a 1970s-by-way-of-1930s look. Combine with a neutral chiffon blouse, Acne’s vibrant flares and sharp mules for a daytime look worthy of Anita Pallenburg herself. The organic, mineral shape of the ring adds a hippy touch.
1980s
Asymmetric leather skirt £1,215

Ippolita Gelato 18-karat gold, topaz and diamond ring£3,200

A metallic vest crafted to look like chainmail, worn with a white vest, asymmetric leather and a delicate ring and necklace is an instant update on Sloaney 1980s glamour.
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Alexander McQueen Metallic jacquard mini dress£3,165
Miu Miu Bow-embellished leather and patent-leather mules £515
All the anarchic, playful spice of the 1990s are conjured by this striking dress and the flirtatious shoes.
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May I introduce you to “Spring-spiration”

Yesterday was May Day and that means it’s officially spring. I have celebrated by carefully sifting the couture web for the best of this season’s inspirations. Some of the dresses cost more than my current yearly income, but as Oscar Wilde said, “We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.” Or, avant-garde organza.

Below is a selection of the most fun, fantastic or fashion-forward pieces I’ve found. I will do a post of more affordable fashion soon. In the meantime – enjoy!

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Delpozo embellished faille and organza gown £6,500

http://www.net-a-porter.com/gb/en/product/542305

Inspired by the work of artist Josef Albers, this gown plays with the traditional prom dress form by adding a quirky modern design of conch shells. Keep make up and hair very simple, perhaps a bun and neutral tones on your face so that the dress rightly claims the centre of attention.

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Ashish Sequined silk-georgette gown £2,520

http://www.net-a-porter.com/gb/en/product/546121

This sequined dress drapes ravishingly over the body thanks to its bias cut. It is both luxe and provocative.

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Halston Heritage Cross front plissé-chiffon gown £520

http://www.net-a-porter.com/gb/en/product/536067

This delightful gown is demure yet whimsical, in a fresh mint green. Perfect for outdoor events.

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Alexander McQueen Kansai Kite printed silk-satin gown £3,995
Alexander McQueen Laser-cut leather sandals £695
This silk-satin kimono is inspired by Sarah Burton’s own personal collection of kimonos and features a bold black, red and blush design. The dramatic slashed sleeves create movement. Pair with the label’s laser cut sandals for an explosively chic look.
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Marchesa Notte Embellished metallic brocade gown £1,470

Arme de L’Amour Rose gold-plated ear cuff £140

This stunning metallic brocade gown is embellished with beads, sequins and 3D fringed floral appliqués for a truly awe-inspiring look. It needs no embellishment save for a subtle ear cuff to add a modern twist to the classic Dior-referencing shape.
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Marchesa Notte Appliquéd tulle mini dress £730
Be sexy in this navy tulle design, with a pretty flared hem. Team with sultry eye make up and slicked back hair for an intriguing evening look.
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Alexander McQueen silk-satin gown £1,985
My favourite of this selection. Crafted in Italian silk satin, the gown is unlined for a luxurious feel and billowing movement. A lesson in old school Hollywood glamour, it needs nothing but a slick of dangerously red lipstick and loose waves a la Kim Basinger in LA Confidential.
1.Junya Watanabe Cropped faux patent-crocodile jacket £430
2.Christian Louboutin Pigalle Spikes 85 leather pumps £845

3. Lulu Guinness black lips Perspex clutch £245

http://www.luluguinness.com/clutches/all-clutches/black-perspex-lips-clutch

Three eye-catching items create a tough yet playful look, with Junya Watanabe’s futuristic structured jacket and the sugary orange spikes of the pumps showing the best of modern innovation. Wear with a simple white tee and black jeans to let what’s on top do the talking.

1. Splendid wilder washed-chambray jumpsuit £340

2. Christian Louboutin Vagachina 120 leather and suede mules £745

A casual denim jumpsuit is the perfect foil for these daring and wild accessories: the Spring 15 collection sunglasses that will no doubt attract imitators and the surreal fun of the Louboutin “mirage” heel.

1. Alexander McQueen cotton pique shirt dress £1,135
2. Acne Ilona shoes £490

2. Finds + Wouters & Hendrix gold-plated necklace £145

3. Alexander McQueen The Heroine textured-leather tote £1,595

Pleated sleeves and added drama elevate this shirt dress above the rest. Wear with Acne’s striking graphic heeled shoes, a witty necklace and a vibrant violet bag for the freshest, chicest Spring look money can buy.
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Erdem Alda guipure lace gown £4,760
A Victorian-inspired, delicate lace gown creates understated, eccentric femininity.
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Saturday Style: Couture Special

This week’s style is brought to you by the colours of spring and the watchword couture. A bulletin from Paris Fashion Week is followed by some fun designer inspirations for the turning of the seasons.

 

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Michelle Elie in a Comme des Garçons dress

 

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Solange Knowles at Carven with Malone Souliers shoes.

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Jared Leto as Karl Lagerfeld steals Kim K’s bleach thunder.

Drama and lace at Alexander McQueen.

Luxe 80s glitz at Balmain.

From left: Balenciaga, Chanel and Giambattista Valli

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Alice + Olivia Preena applique stretch cotton and tulle minidress, £610, net-a-porter.com. A witty yet ladylike piece.
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Elizabeth and James India feather-trimmed crepe cotton mini dress, £400, net-a-poter.com. This is a fairy-tale warm-weather dress, accessorise with only the most sugary of pastels and the Ryan Storer two-finger ring (see below).
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Junya Watanabe Faux-leather circle top, £875, Selfridges. The Japanese designer’s top has to be the most fun waterproof ever.
http://www.selfridges.com/en/junya-watanabe-faux-leather-circle-top_228-2000022-JOB007051/?previewAttribute=Red&_$ja=tsid:32619|prd:202819&cm_mmc=AFFIL-_-AWIN-_-202819-_-0RpXOIXA500&awc=3539_1426350282_63e57918ac83b512f67eca3df1839487&utm_source=Affiliates&utm_medium=202819&utm_term=na&utm_content=na&utm_campaign=na
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Junya Watanbe faux suede and organza top, £2,410 net-a-porter.com. This is out of stock and unlikely to be back in, but has to be included for the structural art of it. If you can find a similar top available, maybe for less money, snap it up. Your office won’t know what’s hit it when you waltz in wearing this.
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Kenzo pique mini dress, £415, net-a-porter.com. Sport luxe for warm days.
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Erdem Ama draped guipere lace skirt, £1,765, net-a-porter.com. This tropical, dramatic skirt shows guipere lace is a fabric to look out for this season.
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Burberry Prorsum dip-dyed lace skirt, £695, net-a-porter.com. Pretty.
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Ryan Storer rose gold-plated Swarovski pearl two-finger ring, £140, net-a-porter.com.
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Anya Hindmarch printed twill-silk scarf, £250, net-a-porter.com.
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Burberry Prorsum cropped suede jacket with patent leather panels, £2595, net-a-porter.com. A directional statement piece in candy suede.
 http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/538736/Burberry_Prorsum/cropped-patent-leather-paneled-suede-jacket-
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Isabel Marant Jeanne plisse-leather waist belt, £850, net-a-porter.com.
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Alexander McQueen jacquard knit mini dress £1,365, net-a-porter.com
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Marni draped printed silk-crepe top, £650, net-a-porter.com. The bold iris print and asymmetric draping mean this top could be paired with jeans and sandals and still provide instant chic on a relaxed spring city break.
 http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/497137/Marni/draped-printed-silk-crepe-top
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Peter Pilotto “Haze” draped jersey and silk-chiffon mix dress £1,680, net-a-porter.com. This Summer of Love-inspired dress has an artistic feel.
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Saturday Style

This week’s style is brought to you by metallics. See also Christopher Kane’s A/W 15 collection and the pink organza skirt by Asos from last week’s Saturday style.

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Kate Bosworth in Angel Sanchez this week.

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La Perla’s futuristic bikini from their Milan Fashion Week show.

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Metallic tee, £35, Asos.

http://www.asos.com/asos/asos-metallic-tee/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4457468&clr=Multi&SearchQuery=metallic&pgesize=204&pge=2&totalstyles=776&gridsize=3&gridrow=59&gridcolumn=2

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Tourmaline silver gypsy ring, £39, galibardy.com. Raw mineral set in sterling silver. Handmade. Incredible.

http://galibardy.com/product/raw-emerald-tourmaline-silver-gypsy-ring/

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Pink split front metallic clutch bag, £7, River Island.

http://www.riverisland.com/women/sale/bags–purses/Pink-split-front-metallic-clutch-bag-661589

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Gold sunglasses, £5.99, H&M.

http://www.hm.com/gb/product/27469?article=27469-A&cm_vc=SEARCH

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London Fashion Week Round-up

Here’s the best of London Fashion Week’s autumn/winter 2015 looks.

 

As usual, Christopher Kane produced the most interesting looks with an expansive collection of electric iridescents. Stand outs are the uncompromising colours of the blue and purple dresses, and the whimsy of the lacy black and white number.

 

Jonathan Saunders went for full-on 70s revival with loud prints and chunky sunnies.

 

Topshop Unique also went for a 70s feel – although less garishly so – with fur coats and Japanese inspired prints.

 

Giles featured unabashed theatricality and kingfishers.

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Gareth Pugh’s collection was scary mash-up of influences – Boudicca and England football fans.

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Sibling dabbled in tangerine latex.

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Fyodor Golan felt rainbow unicorns.

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Erdem’s take on sheeny boho.

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Alexa Chung in JW Anderson.

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Burberry’s gigantic fringed suede cape.

 

Matthew Williamson provided ravishing prints.

This was fun, let’s do it all again in six months.

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Oscar Dresses

Lady Gaga paired her dress with red washing up gloves, Rita Ora flashed her bum (sigh) and some people won some awards.

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Stunning: Best Actress nominee Felicity Jones in Alexander McQueen.

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Gladiatrix: Laura Dern in Alberta Ferretti.

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Flawless: Rosamund Pike in Givenchy.

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John Revolt-her: Travolta lurks up behind Scarlett Johansson and gets handy with her dangerously hourglass, Versace-clad figure. Her face is – quite literally – a picture.

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If it’s true that society gets the stars it deserves, then what we deserve is a perplexing, Australian Cousin It impersonator. That’s Sia.

As for the awards, Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor, Julianne Moore Best Actress and Birdman Best Film.

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