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LFW: Debenhams takes to the catwalk…


Jasper Conran show, Autumn Winter 2013, London Fashion Week, London, Britain - 16 Feb 2013

Well it’s Monday morning and we’re back in the office after the excitement of spending the weekend at LFW. With a host of Debenhams designers showing over the weekend, we’ve been loving our sneak peek of what to expect for AW13. Read on for Womenswear Editor Lizzie Lunn’s style notes – straight from the front row…

The Designers:

Shows attended: Jasper Conran, John Rocha, Julien Macdonald

Also showing: Henry Holland, Roksanda Ilincic, Jonathan Saunders, Preen, Matthew Williamson

The Outfit:

Anyone who’s anyone knows that at London Fashion Week – you dress to impress. Opting for a maxi style, net tulle skirt from Debenhams concession Coast, I played down the fairytale fashion with a simple grey 3/4 sleeve top from Oasis (also at Debenhams) and a vintage jacket, completing my ‘look’ with a gorgeous tote from Bailey & Quinn – exclusive to Debenhams.

It seemed to go down well. Frequent LFW goers will be aware that magazine photographers, bloggers, etc, all head to the shows to capture ‘Street Style’, snapping attendees whose style they heart. Heading to main venue, Somerset House, on the tube, my skirt attracted much attention but, when your skirt is so large it is impossible to sit down, you tend to expect this away from intimate fashion circles. Once in the LFW vicinity however, this attention didn’t cease – culminating in a mini ten minute photoshoot with a lovely photographer from Vogue. So far, so stylish. Personally, I think it was down to the aforementioned Bailey & Quinn bag – a perfect match for my skirt, made of exquisite leather and presented in a stylish, over-sized design. When it comes to fashion (and indeed with my look, pictured above) big is often better.

The Reports:

Jasper Conran

First up on Saturday for me, was the Jasper Conran show. A personal favourite of the September collections (thanks to a beautiful patchwork maxi dress), I was looking forward to seeing what the designer had in store.

I wasn’t disappointed. A renowned hat lover, I was more than happy to see the sixties-inspired collection offered funky hats – cloches created by milliner Stephen Jones – combined with bright colours, of which I am also a fan. After all, just because the weather is dull during the autumn/winter season, there’s no reason why we should be too.

Jasper himself spoke, prior to the show, of how the collection is inspired by Mia Farrow. If we can expect more of the same in his AW13 Debenhams collection, then fans of J by Jasper Conran can look forward to sixties shifts and classic tailored blouses and glittering evening dresses in yellows, hot pinks and vivid oranges – all teamed with colourful tights and patent flats.

John Rocha

Presenting a collection said to be inspired by Ireland, John Rocha too presented flashes of colour. Beautiful greens and salmon pinks merged with classic black presented in gorgeous crochet dresses, A-line jackets and bell shaped skirts with appliqued detail. Normally one to stick to predominantly darker tones, with this collection John Rocha may have attracted a new following, without alienating his faithful fan.

Our pick of the key pieces to look out for include the over-sized bell shaped green coat (pictured below) and a soft pink knee length dress – we’re hoping for similar in the Rocha. John Rocha collection for Debenhams.

Julien Macdonald

After a one-season hiatus from the London catwalk, the AW13 shows saw Julien Macdonald return with a bang – a bang full of golden paper falling from the sky, to be exact, as he ended the show with explosions of confetti.

And what a show it was, with garments fit for a pop princess – it was easy to see why all five of The Saturdays were seated in the front row.

Inspired by a fabulous holiday to Las Vegas, the designer spoke post-show of how his collections tend to reflect on what makes him happy. The ultimate party girl is his inspiration or, as he calls her, a ‘grunge deluxe woman’. This inspiration was clear in the form of hair that messily covered the models’ faces and eye-make smudged to perfection.

And the clothes? Think gorgeous knits expertly adorned with sequins, rhinestones and chains, predominantly micro dresses with the odd maxi, or catsuit, thrown in. If we have come to expect glitz and glamour – however grungy in this case – from Julien Macdonald, then for AW13 he will not disappoint – on this catwalk or, we predict, for Star and Diamond, the Designers at Debenhams collections from Julien Macdonald.

  • London Fashion Week continues until Tuesday 19th February, with more designers from Debenhams, including those that form our designer concept, Edition, showing their collections for AW13.


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