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Leather separates and trouser suits balanced flirty pleated skirts. There were muted brown ensembles along with head-to-toe sweet pastels in mint and peach - including pastel-colored shoes and handbags, the brand’s bestselling item.



Taking her inspiration from artists, Roksanda Illincic’s catwalk show had plenty of ensembles for the woman who wants to look stylish without trying too hard. Simple, streamlined shapes like tailored shifts and breezy A-line dresses came in high-impact color combinations that really popped: Tangerine with cobalt, mango, dirty pink or white.

Sometimes all the colors came together on one dress, like a modern abstract painting.

Models cradled oversized satin clutch bags and wore patent courts with multi-colored block heels.

The show, staged in the Savoy Hotel’s glamorous ballroom, ended with a series of ensembles made in a glossy, laminated organza.

Illincic counts U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and Britain’s Kate Middleton among fans of her sleek style. Her show had many of her popular signature elements: Beautiful colors, high-waisted silhouettes, feminine bell sleeves and modest mid-calf or ankle-grazing hemlines.

But this season the designer said she wanted to shake up the elegance with casual wear - like taking an evening dress shape and making it out of T-shirt or jersey materials.

“It gives an element of fun, something unexpected,” she said.



Budding talent Simone Rocha has her designer dad’s giant shoes to fill, but she seems to be taking it all in her stride.

The 26-year-old showcased her latest spring collection at London Fashion Week Tuesday, a collection of all-white outfits, sheer cut-out panels, neons and leather that mixed schoolgirl innocence with cool attitude.

The collection started with dazzling white button-up shirts and boyish shapes in Broderie Anglaise, but the prim look was soon undercut by thigh-revealing, irregular shaped sheer panels on the front or back of skirts.

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