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The biggest trend across day two of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 collections was the American girl, with Holly Fulton, Clements Ribero and Jasper Conran all taking inspiration from 1950’s Americana. The front row included British actress Gemma Arterton who was seen cuddling up to husband Stefano Catelli. The collection displayed plenty of colour in a mix and match candy coloured palette. Looks included cropped tops, and flowery printed silk blouses paired with shorts and high waisted skirts. Each look was completed with flat espadrille style shoes, reflecting what we have already seen this season at Victoria Beckham in New York...could this be a new lease of life for the flat shoe?
Earlier, Daks showed off a collection that included silk shirts, shorts and pencil skirts in a neutral colour palette paired with capes and jackets in the brand's traditional checked print.
Clements Ribero included full bloom prints on fifties style flared skirts and chiffon pussy bow blouses. With plenty of colour again and nipped in waisted dresses the feel of summer really came through in this show. Print on print was a big theme, pairing cigarette style trousers with cropped jackets. Again the models were wearing flat footwear; jelly sandals were the shoe of choice; perhaps an unusual one but overall making the collection more wearable.
While continuing with the same theme, Jasper Conran decided to go all hippy on us. With a catwalk of green grass and neon flowers barefoot models paraded down to a soundtrack of Patti Smith and Janis Joplin, continuing the Americana trend. With inspiration coming from Wild West America the collection included cut off sleeve jackets, Daisy Duke style dresses, plenty of colour and bold prints. The finale; a patchwork full length dress. This was a very different look for Conran but seemed to go down well with audience including Jodie Kidd and Lady Victoria Hervey who were most impressed after the show.
Later in the day, the celebrities were out in force as always at the House of Holland show, a star studded front row included Alexa Chung dressed in a simple but chic button down dress by J.W Anderson, Nicola Roberts, Kelly Osborne both in red as their colour of chic, Pixie Geldof and Poppy Delevigne, who was fresh from walking the catwalk the previous day at Sass and Bide. The collection itself was a homage to the nineties decade, tie dyed dresses and dresses, loose printed trousers, dungarees and the Henry Holland favourite slogan t-shirts headed down the runway to a soundtrack of some of the nineties greats.
In other celeb sightings, Anna Wintour arrived to open the UK’s first ever Rag And Bone store. The New York-based fashion label combines American work wear with British tailoring and is already huge in the States, having bagged Kate Moss as the face of its latest campaign.