What ruled London Fashion Week Fall 2014

London has a style all its own, and each designer a mind of his own. A few London Fashion Week fixtures, though, stood out from the well-tailored crowd and took the week by storm. Here’s what ruled Fall 2014.

Fur

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Fur took over London last week and cemented itself as the uber-trend of fall 2014.

Real, faux, shaggy, savage, luxe, shearling, pony, in natural or colored versions: the fur trend was interpreted through every item (coats, jackets, scarves, bags and shoes)—there’s something here for everyone.

Modernist Art

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Bold splashes of flat color make dressing a work of modernist art—from color blocking to sweeping, painterly strokes. What a show-stopping statement.

Cara Delevigne

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Delevingne, a model, aspiring actor, sometime musician, and this moment’s It girl, has just collaborated on the Mulberry Cara Delevingne Collection, a group of handbags being launched at a London Fashion Week. The collection didn’t disappoint at all. Camo totes, dinky backpacks and tiny lion head studs. We want.

When Cara wasn’t mesmerizing masses by swaying on a bespoke swing, she was leading the model pack at Burberry in a monogrammed poncho.

Folklore

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Naïve, charming prints and artistic flowers are key to this decorative trend, which brings a playful spirit to fall.

When even the usually military-inspired Burberry unveils a collection full of dreamy prints and wafting, floaty fabrics, we know there’s change afoot. A trend seems to be emerging for earthy colours, textures and more fluid, draping shapes. It all feels decidedly folky, a bit historical and quite far removed from the more digitally driven prints and clean lines that have dominated the last few seasons.

Topshop

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Possibly more magnificent than the line’s always of-the-moment looks was its audience, which featured Topshop owner Phillip Green sharing the front row with Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, her younger sister and aspiring model) Lottie and Kendall Jenner. Which brings us to our next point.

The Other Kardashian

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Well, Jenner, if you’re being pedantic. After proving her status as a bonafide model at Marc Jacobs in New York, the busy teen sat next to Anna Wintour at Topshop and modelled for Giles. Move over Kim. Hello Kendall.

Maximalism

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Maximalism (a word that originated during London Fashion Week) has made a big entrance and there’s a lot to it (as you’d expect).

In a way, it’s all a case of over-achieving designers packing in as many techniques, ideas and show-off pieces as models can haul down the runway. Thankfully, the results are often beautiful and alluring, even to us un-fussy Californians.

Um, Darth Vader?

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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi followed Rodarte’s lead by going over to the dark side for Fall 2014. Darth Vader’s image was placed on signature digital prints and draped red orange silks. The label showed a Stormtrooper guard of honour as well. Could Vader replace Givenchy’s Bambi Marc Jacob’s Mickey Mouse as the new must-have motif? Sure, we’ll go with it.

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