Dear Filep & iDEALS, the second day of LFW started with Jasper Conran, neon flowers and barefoot girls walked the end to end grass-carpeted catwalk.
Another all-American woman was seen later in the day at Holly Fulton, where the inspiration was the laid-back lifestyle of the beaches of Mexico and 60s skateboarder Peggy McGee.
It's already afternoon and we are taking places at Todd Lynn, one of my LFW favorites. '"Charlie don't surf" is inspired by artist Peter Beard, safari and colonization.
A bespoke soundtrack set by The Libertines' Gary Powell was filling the room as the models marched out in color washes, green jacquards, structured silk, beautiful fluid shapes and belts coarsely stitched from ostrich leg hide, managing to look both as the hunter and the huntee.
John Rocha inspired by his stay at Chateau Lacoste at the South of France created a collection full of the colors of Provence: yellow, sky, lilac and rose pinks with an overall a romantic mood.
Delicate girls with an edge, romantic but tough in densely worked ruffled fabrics and an explosion of hot pink at the finale.
Finally as the day was coming to an end, a time-travel back to the 90s with House of Holland, where I heard my favourite cult dance anthems as the models walked the catwalk in
tie dye patterns and shoes with untied buckles, mark my words when I say I spot the next big London trend there.
Here I am at the sun-filled courtyard of Somerset House wearing my all-time favourite leather jacket with the Sussi dress by Monki , tights by Issey Miyake , necklace by Elke Kramer and two amazing handbags to hold all my LFW essentials: Prism Tote by Bao Bao Issey Miyake and the leather and fox fur clutch by Kite
The third day of LFW started with a designer that never fails our expectations, it is none other than Marios Schwab, whose body structure and figure hugging collections have always been a personal highlight of every season.
For SS13, Marios decided to look back into the world's heritage, contemplating on striping society down from the complexities of modern life and thus returning to our back-to-basics tribal roots. Natural shapes, the humble bee that produces the marvelous honeycomb, ancient rituals and traditions were some of Marios' inspirations in a collection where the Greek goddess met the Amazon warrior.
Harnesses, raffia fringe, repetitive lines, knee-high sandals were some of the details that stayed with me, underlined by his signature contoured and architectural shapes.
At the J. JS. Lee salon show we saw more of that sweeping ss13 trend with the tailored suit and the clean, white and minimalistic shapes.
My chosen outfit of the day is one of my favourites with a wool deconstructed Yohji Yamamoto cape, the Sussi dress by Monki worn as a top, wool trousers by Junya Watanabe Comme des Garcons, colourful tights by Issey Miyake , necklace by Cos, lizard-skin bracelet by Buddha to Buddha , the Cecilia boots by Ganni and my two handbags that quickly became the street-style photographers favourite: Prism Tote by Bao Bao Issey Miyake and the leather and fox fur clutch by Kite
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London-based Katia Bololia is the Fashion Editor of .Cent magazine, fashion stylist and writer / www.katiabololia.com