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Day three at London Fashion Week – A/W 2013 and it’s all about Mulberry and Unique

Day three in London was really a game of two halves – with the first belonging to Mulberry, showing once again at Claridge’s, and the second all Topshop’s, with another stunning Unique collection, under the stewardship of Kate Phelan. At …

Thu, Feb 21, 2013, 10:30

   

Day three in London was really a game of two halves – with the first belonging to Mulberry, showing once again at Claridge’s, and the second all Topshop’s, with another stunning Unique collection, under the stewardship of Kate Phelan.

At Mulberry, which got the day started for some with an 11am show, it was, as per, all about the accessories. The Willow tote, which made its catwalk debut last season, was reworked for A/W 2013 in a range of fabrics and finishes. The room was adorned with butterflies, in keeping with an almost nature-centric theme from the British heritage brand, which showed chequered tweeds, floral prints and old-school tailored shapes, with, of course, the ubiquitous Mulberry poodle.

At Unique, the very urban girl we’ve been getting to know over the past two seasons is very much growing up, with an almost hypnotic clash of Western (as in, American-Western) and British heritage – we saw patent leather skirts, cowboy-inspired ankle boots and tapestry knits as well as a sexy, sequined full-length dress (very 1990s) on Jourdan Dunn and, frighteningly, the return of the crop top, as seen previously on Rihanna’s own catwalk.

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It’s a long show, but it’s worth a look – Unique really has a huge selection of designs coming up for A/W 2013 and it will be really interesting to see how they’re received by Topshop’s loyal customers.

What do you think of Sunday’s two big ‘uns?

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