It seems all Sadie Williams needed to begin building an Autumn/Winter 2016 collection was an old photograph of her parents on a skiing holiday as youth, inspiring a collection filled with exciting vintage nuances and a pair of leather trousers referencing those worn by her father in his younger days. This season’s offerings, titled “Off Piste,” may have started with a trip to the past, but what Williams presented during London Fashion Week was anything but a collection of tired vintage doppelgangers.

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A.F. Vandevorst marked its London debut with an Autumn/Winter 2016 collection made up entirely of contrasting themes – formal leisure, masculine femininity and understandable confusion. At first, An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx’s seasonal offerings seemed to be a bold hodgepodge of gimmicks (including belts wrapped around the models’ faces and ill-placed fishnet stockings), but this would later evolve from questionable styling choices and into the designers’ personification and embodiment of the woman on the go.

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RYAN LO | Fall 2015

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Fun and flirtatious are both excellent adjectives used to describe Ryan Lo’s fall-winter collection in his debut show at London Fashion Week. With equal parts youthfulness and the flamboyant styles we so eagerly anticipate from the traditionally eccentric London fashion scene, Lo’s memorable lineup fused jacquard and brocade with fur and fringe.

But what he managed to do most of all was evoke a spectacular spirit of frivolous fashion with instant wearability. And with that in mind, Ryan Lo transformed a springtime essential into a fall staple: whether a skirt with lace and fringe, or crocheted florals, they’re certainly the new must-have item.

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