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FashionLondon style Jasper Conran A bright catwalk was the perfect backdrop for Saunders’ colourful nod to the sixties in his recent aw15 collection. With retro prints (that also made it into this issue’s trend pages), knee-high boots and a pop-art palette, it’s certainly one of the most playful collections in this catwalk round-up. This Glaswegian, like most designers in this roster, has been on the London catwalk scene since 2005 and after working for the likes of Alexander McQueen and Christian Lacroix, he really has made a name for himself. Jonathan Saunders Roksanda Ilincic gives new meaning to the terms vibrant and psychedelic with her namesake collection for aw15. With a swirling blend of rich hues on heavy raised fabrics, the royal blues, striking oranges and dusky pinks made a very indulgent impact. There’s no risk in saying that she designs with a bold woman in mind and her involvement with the “Women Fashion Power” exhibition comes as no surprise. Roksanda’s fashion DNA has never failed to wow us since her first appearance in 2005. Roksanda Dark, devilish and alternatively patriotic – Gareth Pugh’s aw15 collection excited the sense of macabre in all of us. Now Gareth is a slight anomaly on our list as he is one who has strayed a handful of times to show his collection at Paris Fashion Week and once at New York thanks to a sponsorship from Lexus – but it is London that really showcases him both on and off the catwalk. He is a designer who has redefined the constraints of luxury style and one who has made a new connection between fashion and art. Gare Ѡ