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London Fashion Week: From Heartbreak Hotel to Star Wars

  • Heartbreak Hotel

    Models were looking glum at being dumped for the presentation of shoes by Sophia Webster. Ensconced in bathtubs, cleaning closets and powder-pink bedrooms, they modelled knee-high, fleece-lined boots and silver sandals from the luxury designer worn by Solange Knowles and Rihanna. (Getty Images)

  • Use the force

    Alongside its signature oversized masculine tailoring, Preen showed floaty chiffon with Darth Vader prints – to the soundtrack of the Star Wars theme tune. Imperial Stormtroopers marked the end of the show from the British label known for its distinctive cutting; instructions for models included the line: “You are a hot sci-fi geek!” (Getty Images)

  • Clowning around

    Dutch designer Bas Kosters revealed a clown-inspired collection, with appearances from British comedian Noel Fielding, a man in platforms pretending to give birth, and Kosters himself, naked but for a strategically placed clown face. (Getty Images)

  • Stepping out

    After catching her heel in a crochet gown, artist Phoebe Collings-James ditched her shoes on the Sister by Sibling runway. The label reinvented Irish knitwear with this collection, from an oversized Aran woven in spidery patterns to a Fair Isle sweater studded with crystals. (Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Handbags at dusk

    Cara Delevingne launched a limited-edition three-bag collection for Mulberry at Claridges hotel, accompanied by grey whippets, identical twin models and silver birches. With the new collaboration, the model − Google’s most searched fashion name of 2013 – is likely to match the buzz around Mulberry’s Alexa bag, named after Alexa Chung. (Getty Images)

  • In the fold

    While the palmer/harding collection was inspired by paper, JW Anderson continued to experiment with silhouettes in a show heavy on origami-like folds. Hairdresser Anthony Turner told The Telegraph about the inspiration for the look: “This hair was once set, but now she's lost her mind and her ponytail looks just a little bit destroyed. You get the impression there's a lady in there somewhere, but she's just gone a little bit mad." (Getty Images)

  • Stars align

    Topshop became the first high-street brand to feature at London Fashion Week back in 2005: it has since launched own-label collections from designers like Christopher Kane, Meadham Kirchhoff, JW Anderson and Jonathan Saunders and is now seen as a credible force. Its latest show, at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, had a front row including Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Kate Moss alongside her younger sister Lottie. (Getty Images)

  • Debauched debutantes

    Designer Henry Holland drew on 1980s Tatler articles and early 1990s Laura Ashley, giving the look a rebellious twist for a collection themed on an aristocrat "going home to her family’s country pile for a debauched debutante ball". (Getty Images)