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If you ever wished there was a brand you could turn to to make sure that yours and your boyfriends outfits totally complimented each other then the AW14 mens and women's collection from Ted Baker is the ticket.

As usual you can expect a wonderful colour palette from Ted for the autumn and winter - deep hues and some wonderful prints which all complement each other wonderfully. Even the men's collection is full of burgundy, teal, emerald green and vibrant orange. And if you needed persuading at all? Well not to worry - there are some stunning images for the collection to show it off.

Spanning smart and sleek with edgy and cool for both men and women this would be a brilliant capsule wardrobe to have the whole lot for the winter.

Which side of the collection will prove to be your favourite? The Langley or the Phormal?

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Langley

Ted’s enchanting and opulent AW14 Langley collection steals the show with rich autumnal tones of burnt orange and deep purple clashing with subtle pastels in shell and pale green.
Couture-inspired silhouettes in luxurious fabrications bring drama and glamour to the season, with cashmere knits and silk organza worn alongside pony skin-effect directional pieces.

The hypnotic Enchanted Floral print skirt with ethereal layering detail offers a whimsical touch, whilst the graceful FLAWRA cream mermaid prom dress, with ruffled bust and structured floral skirt, is perfectly placed to be worn with statement jewelled courts and a matching mini box clutch.
Worn with decadent flair, jewelled necklines and lace details bring sophistication and elegance to a spirited and vivacious collection.

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Phormal

Inspired by traditional techniques with a modern cut, Ted’s AW14 Phormal collection features stand-out sophisticated metallics of sonic blue and emperor purple in slim, sharp suiting.
Windowpane checks in a three-piece suit, worn with contrast navy waistcoat and all the trimmings of a pocket square and printed tie, will guarantee gents are dressed to the nines. Overall, Italian fabrications, mother of pearl buttons and 1920s-style cocktail bar linings bring a touch of opulent luxury to the season.

Tight Lines injects a dash of colour to fabrications with thicker tweeds in burnt orange and bottle green, and alpaca blend knits in red and dark purple. With wool and velvet details also appearing on oversized checked blazers and matching waistcoats, it’s a layered look that’s slick and functional.
For Global, printed blazers (worn with classic shirting or relaxed knitwear) effortlessly take the lead alongside geo prints with a subtle metallic finish for an almost three-dimensional look

See the looks come alive in the vide below.

1. Shine

Surfaces are smoothed over with soft glazing and reflective materials. Think high shine and a plastic-look. Metallic, foil-like shine was seen all over the catwalks such as Preen. Erdem created luxurious metallic brocade fabric whilst Ashish created high shine with all over sequin embellishment.

Left to Right: Preen, Erdem, Ashish

Shine - Erdem Shine - Preen Shine - Ashish

2. Androgyny

A huge trend for next season is androgyny with soft tailoring, oversized pieces and a boxy silhouette. Sporty references can be seen in many collections from hooded jackets, wide leg baggy trousers and baseball tops. Tuxedo styling and utility detailing are also on the rise.

Left to Right: Christopher Kane, Eudon Choi, Richard Nicoll

Androgyny - Christopher Kane Androgyny - Eudon Choi Androgyny - Richard Nicoll

3. Ruffles

Big statement ruffles created volume for AW14 catwalks. They were bold and over the top such as at John Rocha where ruffles engulfed the models. Seen everywhere from necklines and cuffs right down to hemlines, head-to-toe ruffles are a big trend.

Left to Right: House of Holland, Simone Rocha, John Rocha

Ruffles - House of Holland Ruffles - Simone Rocha Ruffles - John Rocha

4. Patchwork

Patchwork fabric is back, be it in print form as seen at Nicole Farhi or in fur like Topshop Unique or Roksanda Ilincic. Jonathan Saunders brought patchwork into the modern age with a contemporary twist giving it a collage-type look. Mix together different prints and colours to create a bold look.

Left to Right: Nicole Farhi, Topshop Unique, Jonathan Saunders

Patchwork - Nicole Farhi  Patchwork - Topshop Unique Patchwork - Jonathan Saunders

5. Colour

Hot colours for next season include vibrant oranges, mustard and bright reds. This 70s inspired palette makes brown the new black with an injection of colour. Preen paired tomato red with mustard shoes whilst Lucas Nascimento and Emilia Wickstead used mustard to brighten up neutral browns. Jasper Conran opted for tangerine orange.

Left to Right: Preen, Lucas Nascimento, Jasper Conran

Colour - Preen Colour - Lucas Nascimento  Colour - Jasper Conran

Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Writer | @sunna_naseer

Images: catwalking.com

Whilst staying true to the purity of line that has become Osman’s signature, autumn / winter 2014 took us on an adventure through hot sands and bright sunshine, the labyrinth of the medina and the crowds of The Champs-Élysées, painted ceilings and peeling frescos.

Romantic stories of far-flung places and memories preserved in trinkets and fabrics were told through Ottoman tile brocade and byzantine blues. In asymmetrical hemlines and care-free layering of fabrics and prints, we saw cultures absorbed, embraced and interwoven in a celebration of the heady decadence of the Bohemian lifestyle. A collection caught somewhere between city explorers and Talitha Getty wearing embroidered silks under a blanket of stars in Marrakech. One of the European jet-set, Getty was one of the first to adopt a style that merged ethnic influence and western sensibilities; borrowed looks of exotic cultures were polished and refined, kaftans and turbans alternated with Valentino gowns and Yves Saint-Laurent. A certain eccentricity that is captured in the Osman autumn / winter collection.
Trompe l’oeil details are hand-painted onto jacquard and pop art hands clutch evening bags across reds and pinks, obi belts cinch in vibrantly coloured furs and flowing drapery is paired with tailored cuts and gold fringed scarves. A whimsical tribute to Art references and the romanticism of the unknown realised through an elegant, eclectic aesthetic.

Credits
Words: Anna Claire Sanders | Fashion Week Press | @sannaanders
Images: Style.com

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A sacred space was repurposed late one Sunday as St. Giles-in-the-Fields became a strange meeting place for those displaced fashion few, to be found eating burritos in pews and drinking Prosecco from plastic cups as models stalked the aisle in leather harness and bronze restraint, the audience to a wedding procession in endless blacks and industrial metals.

Pressed wool robes took on a mournful, religious sensibility within the sanctuary of the Poets' Church. Heavy and uncomfortable, they spoke of oppression and power, elevating the wearer to some higher plane with this foreboding formality. Underneath the sobriety and modest lengths lurked a disquieting feeling of something more sinister. It rustled and whispered in black pleats and bronze chains, and shouted in the rhythmic clump of heavy tread on stone floor. Shoes where cloven hooves in black leather and sharp folds, sculptural and restraining, models walked with an unsteady gait upon these jagged rocks and rounded paw.

Lighter fabrics were folded and pressed into precise symmetry, rustling with suppressed movement they breathed softly under heavy silhouettes and feathery trim, patent leather and collars. Collars that held necks stiff and alert in unrelenting fabric, moulded from a jig-saw of cut out, bronze and hair sprouting from seams. One appeared as though pulled apart by some unknown force, or petals opening on some strange flower, exposing breasts and unfurling around the neck, wild and untamed.

The collection spoke of warriors and priests, slaves and of the damned, a haunting narrative played out in so much black and bronze by the darkly theatrical Sadie Clayton.

Words: Anna Claire Sanders | Fashion Week Press | @sannaanders
Images: Corrine Noel | Fashion Week Photographer

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If there was ever a designer to celebrate the seductiveness and impact of the timeless little black dress, it’s Marios Schwab. True to character, his AW14 collection continued to pay homage to this must-have fashion treasure, yet we couldn’t help but feel he’d toned down his trademark and his act ever so slightly this season.

The colour scheme was beautiful; midnight blue, black silver and nude. Minimal with a hint of decadence. The collection had an extremely wearable feel, with Schwab choosing to pair his glamorous designs with rocker biker jackets, bomber jackets and textured coats, blurring the lines between smart and casual a little further than usual. The injections of leather and lace gave the show a deeply luxurious feel, but one that didn’t seem too alienating for its spectators. Each design was beautifully elegant and yet fierce and strong, with dresses slashed at the shoulder for impact and then paired with flowing, sheer scarves and cloaks to soften each striking silhouette.

There was undoubtedly an air of typical Hollywood glamour, especially towards the second half of the collection, and Schwab chose to take us from the red carpet to reality by bringing in high neck styles, simple black mini skirts and sports luxe leather trousers, all of which we’re very familiar with by now. We loved how the collection merged the impossible beauty of a film star with the simple pieces we’ve come to love on a daily basis. Schwab always seems to have a keen understanding of the modern woman and her desires to blend everything gorgeous with the mundane things we’ve come to take for granted.

Words: Corin Jackson | Fashion Week Press | @CorinLeigh

Images: Rosemary Pitts| Fashion Week Photographer