I thought heels would help me blend in with the fashion types. But queuing up outside the show space in the courtyard of Somerset House, waiting to go into the Vodafone VIP catwalk show; I began to regret this choice of footwear.

Oh well, the free cocktail offered at the door would be sure to help!

It had been a great evening wandering around the boutique rooms in the house that played host to London Fashion Week earlier that week, with gorgeous designer clothes at bargain prices.

However it was now time for London Fashion Weekend to kick off in style with a spectacular show especially for Vodafone competition winners. After heading inside we took our seats and the host, Grace Woodward, presenter of Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model and renowned stylist to the stars, along with Editor of ELLE mag Jenny Dickinson, introduced the key trend for Autumn/Winter 2011.

The show was mesmerising. We saw fur jackets and cute blouses mixed with knee high boots from Jaeger London, knits were everywhere and came in neutrals and bold colours.

Layers and texture rule this winter and in the words of Ms Woodward, “Socks are everywhere”.

Le Rive Gauche sent models down the runway in lots of lace, black suits and dresses with peter pan collars. Osman set down a collection of rich coloured dresses and capes in pinks, blue and oranges. There is a trend for every occasion this season whether it is Victorian for night or tribal brights for the day.

The last collection was aptly named ‘The Great British Autumn’ which was full of chunky jumper, capes and patterned blazers from a mix of designers.

Each interval was filled with the gorgeous voice of Emeli Sande performing her new song ‘Heaven’, and a cover of Coldplay’s ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’ exclusively for the Vodafone VIPs.

The show was a celebration of the individuality and creativity of designers in London, a great way to end a busy night shopping, we came out fully ready to embrace winter fashion.

Bring on the fur-trimmed coats, capes and knitted socks.


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