with contributions from Julia Neel, Natalie Theodosi
 on February 21, 2018

London Fashion Week was all action, with the antifur protestors out in greater numbers than last season, Queen Elizabeth II making a surprise appearance at emerging designer Richard Quinn’s show, and members of the industry remembering punk icon Judy Blame, whose death was revealed on Tuesday.

And then there was the fashion. Buyers from both sides of the Atlantic touted the collections for their homespun techniques, use of rich fabrics and heritage themes. They said the standouts were Erdem, Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha, Mary Katrantzou, Roksanda, Burberry and Rejina Pyo. Roopal Patel, senior vice president and fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue said the changing of the guard at London Fashion Week led to a creative spirit and high energy — a welcome start to the European fashion marathon. “Christopher Bailey’s final collection for Burberry had a great sense of hope and optimism,” she said.

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