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    by steff yotka · September 19, 2013
    We may be in New York during fall, but that doesn't mean we can't get inspired by the amazing collections being shown at London spring '14 Fashion Week!

    From a scientific take on flowers at Christopher Kane to a print fantasia at Mary Katrantzou, London's shows made us want to retire our black clothing in lieu of some bright florals and Nike running sneakers--or "trainers" as the Brits would say. There was also a whopping dose of Alice in Wonderland-style dots at Burberry and some '70s satin jackets at Jonathan Saunders that we're dying to get into our fall wardrobes stat. 

    Check out our favorite shows and get a little London in your life. 


    This show is the most inspired ode to high school Biology ever imagined. References were literal, like prints based on anatomical illustrations of flowers and figurative, like cutouts to represent dissection. The clothes came off dripping with femininity and subtle sexuality through endless references to flowers and their reproductive parts. In a lot of ways the show felt like sitting in a sex ed class full of pretty high school girls through the ages: 50s full skirts, 70's florals, 80's bondage-like straps and graphic prints and 90's iridescent dresses and tinsel trim. -- RACHAEL WANG
    Wear: Asos Midi Floral Print Skirt
    Listen To: "Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd
    Watch: The Virgin Suicides
    Beautify With: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

    '70s Sunset Strip thugs met Venice Beach surfer girls in Jonathan Saunders' spring '14 show. Perfect for girly girls with a rough edge. -- STEFF YOTKA
    Wear: 3.1 Phillip Lim Embroidered Bomber Jacket
    Listen To: "Under Your Spell" by Desire
    Watch: Fight Club
    Beautify With: Victoria's Secret Beach Wave Hairspray

    As a big believer in mixing prints, it's nice to see the mix-and-match option classed up a bit at Burberry Prorsum. Yes, somehow even a see-through lattice skirt feels classy in the hands of Christopher Bailey. Think of it as the English Rose gone batty--and yes, that's a good thing. -- REBECCA WILLA DAVIS

    I really liked this show...and then I found out it was inspired by Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet and it was like, [sound of heart exploding]. A little bit Venice--err, I mean Verona--Beach, a little bit '90s, a lot to crush on. And I'm not just talking about Leonardo DiCaprio. -- RWD
    Wear: Juicy Couture Floral Dress
    Listen To: "Lovefool" by The Cardigans
    Watch: Romeo + Juliet
    Beautify With: Redken Shine Flash

    This season marks designer Emma Hill's last run with Mulberry, and she went out with a seriously stylish bang. The models looked like they had rolled out of the bed (think artfully messy hair) and thrown on the first outfit they grabbed off the hanger--a vibe that's otherwise known as my M.O. The super cute clothing was obviously the main attraction, but when the show also includes Cara Delevingne, a front row stocked with It girls, and dogs on the runway, well, consider us sold. -- LIZA DARWIN
    Wear: Topshop Floral Satin Trousers
    Listen To: "True Affection" by The Blow
    Watch: An Education
    Beautify With: Bumble and Bumble Texture Un-Dressing Creme

    J.W. Anderson's collections defy logic or explanantion, but I can't help but love each one more than the last. This season brought floppy panel tops with sequin skirts, knotted scarf-meets-crop-top combos, and tire tread dresses. My favorites among the bunch, however, were the ethereal gathered dresses that look like an angel's take Derelicte trash bag couture. It's so wrong, it's right. -- SY
    Wear: Saint Laurent Silk Georgette Blouse
    Beautify With: MAC Strobe Cream

    All hail the queen of prints! Leave it to Mary Katrantzou to prove to everyone that one or two patterns aren't enough--the Brit designer combines clashing motifs and unexpected graphics, and somehow makes the whole thing work. This season, she enlarged images of different types of shoes and splashed them all over dresses, jackets, and pants. Even if we didn't need a sneaker-print frock in closet before, we need one now. -- LD
    Wear: Nike Flyknit Lunar Running Shoes
    Listen To: "How To Be A Heartbreaker" by Marina and the Diamonds
    Watch: Shopgirl
    Beautify With: Laura Mercier Face Illuminator
    Tags: fashion, nylonfw, spring14
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