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Mary Katrantzou and more at London Fashion Week SS12

My Fashion Week so far hasn’t all been about eco-design. I’ve also managed to visit some of the “regular” exhibitors (although I still have many to go – tomorrow is gonna be one helluva day!)

One absolute highlight was visiting a li’l room bearing the wares of Mary Katrantzou – and getting up close and personal with designs from her Autumn/Winter collection. I’m a big fan of Athens-born Katrantzou’s work (you know me and clashing prints) and although some of her designs (particularly the tulip-shaped skirts she showed last season) are dead bold and daring, there is something irresistible – and totally wearable – about her clothes. I’ll be back in the room on Tuesday for a special treat…

One of my favourite dresses from Kantrantzou’s AW11 collection
Just look at that detailing – delish!
Here’s how it looked on the catwalk (Catwalking.com)
Behold the matching boots!

Those weren’t the only shoes what did catch my peepers; I also discovered Atalanta Weller’s SS12 collection.

Gloucestershire-born, Weller is a three-time winner of NEWGEN and her pieces (which include contrast blue/black killer heels, everyday mid-height shoes in Spring’s essential muted colour pop, and bold, pointy-toed wedges) will set you back between £300-£600.

The thing that grabbed me about these shoes is that they are ridiculously, almost unbelievably, light. They look fierce but weigh next to nothing and are so soft you just wanna slip your tootsie right in there.

My fave wedges from Weller’s SS12 collection – seriously, they are soooo wearable

As you’ll know, my modus operandi, when it comes to fashion, is seeking out the designers you can actually wear down the local without being laughed at – as well as feeling utterly glamorous and beautiful in them.

I nailed two such brands yesterday and am deffo going to save up for something from each of them. Meet A. Friend by AF Vandevorst (a Belgian husband and wife team designing “a fusion of opposites: masculine-feminine, rough-fragile”) and Ivana Helsinki (whose muse enjoys “pirates” and “a champagne state of drunkenness”, which might explain why Finnish designer Paola Ivana Suhonen’s ethereal, hippy chic appeals to me with open arms).

Say hello to A. Friend’s SS12 collection – s’all about the silks and stripes, innit
Sexy, stripy sleeves – and don’tcha just love that scarf?
I want this shirt so bad it hurts
And imagine wearing that shirt with jeans and this contrast shoe – smart/casual perfection
In contrast, dresses from Ivana Helsinki’s Indian Summer Collection 2012 are full-on feminine
Designed for “wildwood vagabonds”? Err, yes please!
This print reflects some of the Native American-influences of the collection
As a redhead (and hippy at heart) both dresses give me goosebumps

Written by Johanna Payton