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A tapestry rug laid upon Astrid Andersen’s catwalk at LCM AW16, setting the scene for the veritable feast of loose silhouettes and unusual fabrics that we know and love her for.

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The techno beats of her collaboration with well-known Trap producer Brodinski, born out of the Red Bull Catwalk Studio project, announced the arrival of the models, who strolled down the runway looking very much like they’d recently come off the slopes and were ready to party at La Folie Douce.

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Never one to favour anything restrictively tight-fitting, Andersen has once again brought us a comforting collection of relaxed, casual clothes with a sports-inspired aesthetic. But this isn’t just your average gym gear; Andersen always brings a unique twist to her collections.

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Tweeds, velvets and fur have been adapted into sweatpants, jumpers, bomber jackets and, ideal for the winter weather, onsies. The most popular recent womenswear trends also appeared on the runway, with cropped knits, military-inspired detailing and dungarees all transposed into Andersen’s signature style.

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Gloves were super-sized and padded, extending all the way up to the elbow, and many of the models sported round sunglasses, finishing off the après-ski look.

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It seems that Andersen can do no wrong; even though we know her general MO, she can still surprise us with her new take on traditional fabrics and iconic shapes. And I, for one, would definitely love a cosy mint jumper/sweatpant combo to get me through this winter.

Words: Katharine Bennett | Fashion Week Press | @misskatebennett

Images: Mel Williams | Fashion Week Photograher

Having seen Angel Chen at Fashion Scout’s Ones to Watch last season, I was excited to be sat front row for her very own catwalk show in Freemason’s Hall.

I remembered her AW15 collection as being floaty and romantic, so the loud drumming music and aggressive models, strutting out together onto the stage to pose in a gang of neon pink, surprised me, pleasantly overwhelming my senses.

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Androgyny was the name of the game, with Chen once again using a mix of male and female models to march her designs down the runway. Loose, ragged cuts draped over bodies, contrasting with structured metallic blazers and suits.

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Perhaps the most interesting part of the collection were the unusual headdresses worn by some of the models; pink, woven and covering all of the models faces, sometimes with a tube extending out from the front of their face, allowing them to see.

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There was a distinctly punky vibe to proceedings; the models were fierce in attitude, sporting Angel Chen tattoos on arms and necks, and even under eyes and on faces. Fishnets covered shoes, or shoes were totally absent, replaced by socks. The music reflected this feeling, one memorable lyric being ‘ejaculate it’, and the final walk saw all of the looks appearing back on the runway to The Dead Weather’s famously sulty I Can’t Hear You.

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The transformation that Chen has gone through in the past six months is incredible, and certainly promised of amazing things to come. I, for one, will be watching with bated breath in February to see where she goes next.

Words: Katharine Bennett | Prom Dress: lilybridal| @misskatebennett

Images: Mel Williams | Fashion Week Photograher