From across the street, you could clearly tell that there was a party happening at Scream, with pink light, cocktails and the sound of 90s girl band hits spilling out onto the pavement. A few short minutes later we were inside and loving life at the Charlotte Simone AW16 presentation.

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Charlotte Simone’s style is fun, with a capital F. Models were draped over pink rocks on plush carpets, chatting and swinging bare legs. Fur adorned everything, from head to toe – hats were topped off with fluffy pompoms, scarves were grey shag or stripy boleros, coats were trimmed with shearling and Stan Smith-esque trainers were finished with little furry bands.

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Yet upon refocusing the pink champagne filter, it became obvious that despite this outwardly girly aesthetic, the Charlotte Simone girl has grown up since last season, using black as a base for building upon with colourful accessories. Black leather jackets, skinny black trousers and casual black dresses all channelled easy-to-wear style, topped off with the stand-out PVC Mac Daddy trench, which inspired this whole new design direction with an unlikely but lucky pairing on the cutting room table.

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As we finished off our pink, glittery canapés, we considered how much we’d like to inhabit Charlotte Simone’s world; it’s a world where it’s possible to take an outfit from from day to night with the addition of a pompomed baseball cap and lambswool sleeves, where scarves have pockets big enough to do away with the eternally heavy handbag and where, ultimately, life is just a bit more playful.

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Words: Katharine Bennett | Fashion Week Press | @misskatebennett

Images: Phoebe Fox | Fashion Week Photographer | @PhoxPhoebe