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It seems as though Jonathan Saunders was inspired by peacocks, butterfly wings, or the inside of a shell for his Spring 2013 collection — the Scottish designer, who was the winner of Vogue's Fashion Fund award this year, showed a bevy of iridescent separates like pencil skirts and vests, while also incorporating the shimmery stuff into stripes and sheer panels. Jonathan's ladylike collection had a little something for everyone — for the woman who wants to look work-appropriate but give a little nod to her high-fashion sensibilities, there were tailored shifts, pencil skirts, and crisp jackets featuring an intriguing (iridescent) print that mimicked falling raindrops. For the city-chic cool girl that just wants to get street style snapped, we saw exposed bra tops with high-waisted skirts and slouchy windbreakers — almost calling to mind an '80s-era Members Only look.
- Trends: Stripes, ombré, iridescence, colorblocking, sheer, sequins.
- Colors: Red, black, white, silver, teal.
- Key Piece: The iridescent pencil skirt with knit top, silver shift dress with iridescent vest.
- Accessories: Patent leather cutout heels, oversize mirrored sunglasses.
- Who Should Wear It: Sartorially brave stars like Kate Bosworth, Katy Perry, and Sienna Miller.
Jonny Johansson mixed things up for Acne's Spring '13 collection. While we're used to seeing hard-edged designs from the brand, this season's collection showed more relaxed silhouettes with a Western-tinged aesthetic. In comes the flowy lavender dip-dye maxi skirts paired with tees emblazoned with the word "music" — fitting, especially with the great ABBA and Neil Young playing in the background — as well as striped suiting with cowboy hats and bell-sleeved blouses. However, there were some signature subversive looks in the way of buckled leather jackets and vests, slick front-slit trousers, and sheer tailored tops sure to please Acne's cult following. We especially loved the navy and white colorblock leather vest paired with the indigo slit-front trousers and sheer blouse. More details from the collection below.
- Trends: Stripes, colorblock, leather, bell sleeves.
- Colors: Orange, black, red, white, gray, navy, lavender.
- Key Piece: The navy and white colorblock vest paired with the tweed slit trousers.
- Accessories: Strappy sandal boots, ankle strap sandals, platform sandals, cowboy hats, round sunglasses..
- Who Should Wear It: Girls who crave a subversive twist like Rihanna and Lady Gaga.
It's a set of tailored separates with an optimistic twist at Paul Smith, thanks to primary brights and playful colorblocking. As far as silhouettes, the lineup stays pretty classic, but gets a fresh update in the details, be it a slit to modernize (and sexy up) a pleated skirt or a set of cooler, younger-feeling shorts suits. What really makes the difference is the color story — striping and colorblocking that give the collection's breezy shirt dresses, trousers, and blazers a sporty, upbeat edge with their polish.
- Trends: Colorblocking, lace, slits, pleats.
- Colors: Deep red, mustard yellow, gray, black, white, navy, hunter green.
- Key Piece: The lace and colorblocked, pleated shirt dress.
- Accessories: Ankle-strap heels, buckled brogues, mirrored sunglasses, colorblocked satchels.
- Who Should Wear It: The polished, preppy set; we could see Miranda Kerr in these button-ups and sleek trousers.
For Spring '13, Alice Temperley took us to Morocco with a collection filled with beautiful prints, crisp blouses, and gorgeous sheer detailing. "It’s just more fun, more playful this season," said Temperley. "It’s less about the dress — which is obviously still a really key piece for us — but more about really great separates in high-quality fabrics, and the way you put them together." She did, however, kick off her show with a standout red gown gown featuring sheer striped detailing followed by billowy full skirts —showcasing vibrant multicolored Moroccan-inspired prints — paired with crisp white blouses, and knits with sheer striped skirts. The designer also showed off her penchant for embroidery on silk floral tops and jeweled tulle skirts. Then came the diaphanous gowns; a pale blue halter neck gown with a jewel-encrusted bodice practically floated down the runway, as did the sheer, formfitting gown with floral embroidery. Such fresh and feminine pieces — who wouldn't fall in love with this collection?
- Trends: Sheer details, full skirts, bold prints.
- Colors: Red, ice blue, sage, white, dark cobalt, black, ivory.
- Key Piece: The white Moroccan-inspired printed full skirt paired with the crisp white blouse = Spring perfection.
- Accessories: Wide brim hats, vintage sunglasses from Cutler and Gross, Charlotte Olympia platform sandals, Cornelia James gloves.
- Who Should Wear It: We'd love to see the sheer detailed gowns on Keira Knightley and front row attendee Poppy Delevingne; the full '50s-inspired skirts and blouse combos are right up Eva Mendes's style alley.
Tinged with vibrant Indian-inspired references, Matthew Williamson crafted his 15th anniversary collection to embody three key elements: color, print, and embellishment. With that in mind, Williamson certainly didn't shy away from vibrancy — you'll see everything from beaded prints on leather miniskirts, styled with silky landscape-printed blouses, to orange drip-dye caftan-style dresses punched up with long tasseled necklaces. It may be a Spring assortment of bold pieces, but there's something intrinsically wearable about it, too. The loudness of each dress, cropped trouser, and flowy top doesn't actually overwhelm the style senses like you may think it would. To finish off the parade of color, Williamson sent out a series of showstopping red carpet-worthy gowns — complete with feminine draping, intricate sparkly embellishments, and sexier leg slits.
- Trends: Drip-dye colorways, beaded embellishments, and kaleidoscope prints.
- Colors: Turquoise, fuchsia pink, coral pink, citron, orange, cerulean blue, periwinkle, and nude.
- Key Piece: The lushly printed cropped trousers scream "wear me in the springtime," but we're also obsessed with the floor-grazing gowns that closed the show.
- Accessories: Long tasseled necklaces, beaded belts, ultra-embellished bags, and platform sandals.
- Who Should Wear It: Matthew Williamson has accrued quite the Brit-beauty following, but of the pack, we envision Cat Deeley and Sienna Miller donning these vibrant pieces most. If we're lucky, we'd love to spot Kate Middleton in one of the bold evening gowns, too.
Everything's coming up roses (and reptilian printed) at Preen, and the unlikely mix of the two have ushered in a collection defined by its excellence in exotic luxury. We couldn't take our eyes off Cara Delevingne's sheer navy dress — adorned with wide swing sleeves. Not only did it boast an optical illusion of asymmetrical rose and snakeskin-printed stripes, it also gave way to strategic flashes of skin. On top of the (many) floaty dresses to come down the runway, there were slick leather jackets, wrap pencil skirts, crisp collared sets, and silky trousers to covet, too. In short, Preen delivered a wearable lineup of Spring '13 wares, one that catered to the romantic styler as well as the quirky print master.
- Trends: Reptilian texture, a heavy dose of rose prints, sheer paneling, and wrap skirts.
- Colors: Metallic gray, rose pink, navy, white, nude, and pops of yellow.
- Key Piece: It's a toss up between the boxy rose-printed top and the romantic sheer-meets-snakeskin shift dresses.
- Accessories: Ankle-strap pointy-toe pumps, ankle-strap sandals.
- Who Should Wear It: We're pretty sure Jessica Alba and Emma Stone — two starlets who have never shied away from a bold print — would do justice to Preen's prettier-than-ever pieces.
Tune in to Topshop Unique's Spring 2013 show right now, straight from London. We're giving you a front-row seat — the best view in the house — to the brand's latest collection as it comes straight down the runway. While the show is slated to start at 10 a.m. EDT/7 a.m. PDT, there's a reason why the phrase "fashionably late" exists. Thus, cue up your live-streaming video now, and be there for all the action, from start to finish.
Watch the show live here, and then stay tuned for more of our London Fashion Week coverage.