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It was the night before Christmas London Fashion Week and at the Hippodrome Fashionistas, and Made In Chelsea star Francesca Hull, were gathering amongst the gambling dice to get a glimpse of the week ahead….

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20120914-203748.jpg First up the next morning was Antoni & Alison celebrating 25 years as design partners with a marching band and a collection made up entirely of dresses. The collection featured gorgeous painterly splashes with digital prints of jewels and gems.

20120914-204120.jpg They were followed by Caroline Charles with a half tropical, half oriental meets Victorian, style collection. Lovely pieces were sadly overshadowed by garish styling which detracted from the otherwise beautiful collection. Next up was the stunning collection by Corrie Neilson. An absolute pastel fairy tale range, straight from every little girls dream, but with added statement geometric pieces.

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Then I was off to a new location at Vauxhall Fashion Scout to see Krystof – the designer not the vodka – whose show featured pretty purple pastels, chic asymmetric silhouettes, and TOWIE reality TV star Lydia Bright in the front row.

20120914-205137.jpg After all this excitement it was time for me to make a pitstop for touch ups at MAC and Toni&Guy where I experimented with the latest trends in gothic purple lipstick.

20120914-205330.jpg Then I was off to see my favourite Australian design duo Sass&Bide at the Royal Horticultural Halls. The collection was certainly my favourite from the day, predominantly monochrome with metal detailing and gorgeous tailoring. The packed show’s star attraction was the original supermodel Twiggy front row and 2012’s equivalent “it” model Carla Delevingne walking the runway (and posing playfully in the streets for the photographers pre show, to the confusion of the primary school children next door).

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20120914-210105.jpg While day one of LFW may have been overshadowed for many by the topless photos of Kate Middleton, for me it was still as exciting as my first fashion week eight years ago. It’s certainly a long way from my time as an intern backstage at an Ashish show with a then unknown Rosie Huntington-Whitely… Oh the memories Fashion Week brings!

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