The jam-packed London Fashion Week welcomed loads of crowd-pullers such as McQueen’s return from Paris, accompanied by the strong presence of rising Chinese designers. Colours, prints and embellishment were used to make a feminine statement with a slight hint of masculine vibe in oversized coats and haberdashery details.

Excitement was stepped up by powerhouses like Burberry which was among those who pioneered the use of the new “see-now, buy-now” system, making their collections available in stores right after the show without the six-month wait. Here are STYLE’s favourite picks from the Autumn-Winter 2016 London Fashion Week.

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Alexander McQueen

The shimmering embellishments with moons and stars and see-through lace made the collection one of the most elegant shows of the week.

 

Burberry

The David Bowie vibe continues in the women’s collection with a mix of outerwear with masculine silhouettes and ’70s print dresses.

 

Christopher Kane

Asymmetrical cutting is presented with a burst of feathers.

 

Holly Fulton

A palette inspired by a surreal painting, “The Badminton Game”, and Scottish paisley are linked by bell sleeves running through the entire collection.

 

Huishan Zhang

The collection is not just a modern interpretation of Chinese patterns in floral motifs and delicate embroidery on soft textures, but also a new definition to “made in China”.

 

J.W. Anderson

Ruffles and frills are everywhere, from head to toe.

 

Mary Katrantzou

The American Western style-inspired collection captures the expert use of colours, embroidery and opulent prints.

 

Peter Pilotto

Inspirations from Nordic frozen landscapes and icy cold skies resulted in abstract motifs on silk silhouettes and layers of lace.

 

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Bregazzi was not shy with the use of bold textures and bright hues. There are floral jacquards, dazzling sequins and velvet one-pieces in hot pink.

 

Roksanda

Playing with contrast, the collection features a mix of bright and dark colours, light fabrics and velvet.