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Feb 17 2012

LFW Hits High Street: Mary Katranzou vs Julian J Smith

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If there is any big trend coming out of the fashion world at the moment it has to be the wave of collaborations taking place – whether it is a filofax, shoe line or my favourite kind a more afforable collection – it seems your label isn’t complete unless you are partnering with someone. Two of the most talked about capsule lines has to be Topshop’s Mary Katrantzou third collection, which launches today, and the up-coming Julian J Smith for River Island – this isn’t just the clash of the high street retailers but also the clash of the print masters – and both are so pretty.

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Both collections are bold and striking in design, capturing the essences of each designer’s signature style featuring floral prints, strips, geometric shapes, and vibrant colours – with a great selection of dresses, trousers, tops, and even funky wedges in Julian J Smith’s line. These pieces are so directional that they can be paired together for a daring, very fashion-forward look or as separates to jazz up any look. I am sure that both lines will be sell outs – so get in quick!!!

I am loving the floral explosion of Mary’s line and that bowl dress is incredible – but come on you have to be a supermodel to pull that one off surely. I also have to admit I am not enjoying the prices, one of the dresses is £350 that isn’t really that affordable – maybe I will manage with just the t-shirt, which is £50!!! Here are my top four picks:

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1. Rubber strapless dress, £300

2. Scarf, £65

3. Blouse, £180

4. Cropped floral trousers, £130

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Julian’s line is part of River Island’s Design Forum scheme, which is being celebrated at LFW this season with the retailer’s sponsorship of the British Fashion Council’s new digital initiative FASH/ON FILM where the collection will be showcased in a fashion film on Saturday night and I can’t wait to see it.

Everything about this collection looks amazing that I am sure on film it will look incredible – I just love the geometric patterns, the neon hues, the cut-out detailing and most of all those fab wedges – bring on April when the collection lands in store. The only snag lusting over all these fab pieces is that I have no clue on the prices – please River Island take pity on me and make them reasonable.

So, which collection is getting you most excited – Mary or Julian?

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