London Fashion Week 2013: Monday and Tuesday highlights

London Fashion Week 2013 lived up to expectations and delivered, show after show, a whirlwind of new, unconventional looks, exuberant and inspirational like the City itself. Monday and Tuesday catwalks offered a spectacular parade of colours, textures and materials for the collections of the coming autumn and winter.

Christopher Kane has once again intrigued the public with his avant-garde style, which featured oversized silhouettes – very popular for next season – camouflage patterns, scan prints and distorted proportions. The collection is edgy, yet sophisticated, showing both sides of the designer, who's capable to shift from sports baggy jackets to luxurious organza party dresses in just one runway.

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Erdem, on the other hand, has abandoned his signature candy colours to add darkness to his new palette, with black, burgundy and purple, dominating the new collection. Also feathers, sequins, sheer layers of fabrics, exposed zips and lace graced the catwalk along with new textures and prints.

Burberry has surprised the public by detaching itself from its classic style and by sending models, like Cara Delavigne on the runway with cheeky, see-through PVC pencil skirts and heart print knickers underneath. Christopher Bailey has used traditional fabrics, leopard prints along with metallic collars, patent leather, studs and vinyl to create a signature post-modern look.

Obviously the most anticipated event was Tom Ford's first womenswear catwalk show, which was held in an uber-exclusive location in front of fashion royalties, like Vogue editor Anna Wintour. The collection was rich, lavish, very Gucci mid-Nineties, bright sequinned tops, spider-web lace trousers and skirts, over-the-knee embroidered boots. Bold neon colours played with shapes and textures, while monochrome displayed optical, tribal patterns. Ford has shown that animal prints are here to stay, so does fur -hopefully faux- in bright shades. Chapeau to the master.

On Tuesday Roksanda Ilincic unveiled her autumn/winter line that featured feminine shapes ans a mix-match of textures. Fluorescent colours, such as emerald and orange lighten up classic, nude shades, check patterns enriched pencil skirts and dresses, while long combed fur enriched oversized coats and delicate fabrics. The designer played magically with contrasts in a collection that seems coming out from a fairy tale.

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