Style Note: The Isabella Oliver Cape

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Yesterday was one of those cold and breezy days in London when you really need something warm and snug to wrap up in. And what better way to wrap up than in a cape. It's the perfect alternative to a winter coat. I received this beautiful one as a Christmas Gift from one of my favourite labels Isabella Oliver.

Isabella Oliver Cape

London Fashion Week Diary: BODYAMR

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The BODYAMR show was one that I was particularly looking forward to, and it was well worth the wait. The signature draping that I love still played a huge role in the collection as an abundance of luxe fabrics and beaded embellishment.

BODYAMR show

Giveaway: Win Tickets to the 2010 Vitality Show!

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The lovely team at Vitality are treating three lucky readers to a pair of free tickets! Running from 18th-21st March in London’s Earls Court 2, Vitality is the UK’s largest health, beauty, fitness and wellbeing event for women.

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Beauty Buzz: Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare

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I recently changed my beauty regime to include the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, the Instant Boost Skin Tonic and Skin Repair Moisturiser. It's been just six days, and already I've seen a noticeable difference in the clarity of my complexion and the texture of my skin.

Liz Earle Skincare
Graduate Fashion Week 09
Kate Huxley

Graduate fashion week kicked off on Sunday, now in its 18th year is the time when students from more than 50 universities across the UK meet for 23 shows. Quite disappointingly, I never made it the opening shows and it's heartbreaking that I may not be able to attend the highly anticipated gala tomorrow due to the tube strike currently underway. It's going to be an absolute nightmare trying to get into central London admist panicked commuters and bus replacement services!

Still, I've been getting my graduate fashion fix online. Key fashion editors have hand-picked the designers who've been grabbing the biggest attention at Sunday's show. Among the 15 collections that were showcased on the 7th of June, I have to agree with The Evening Standard's Karen Dacre when she selects Katie Huxley and Lucy Bryan as the two stand-out designers of the moment.

Both graduates from the University of East London (my old academic playground!) made a big impact with fancy flourishes of ruffles and pleats juxtaposed with strong shapes. It would seem Huxley's biggest influence for her collection was her fashion mentor Luella Bartley, who she interned with last year. The frills and sexy ruffles that were a firm fixture in her collection seemingly paid homage to Bartley's Summer collection.

Graduate Fashion Week 09
Lucy Bryan

However, it was Lucy Bryan's designs that dominated the catwalk. Her sculpted dresses and voluminous jackets stole the show. Two days later and Bryan's designs remain hot topic with much critical acclaim. With leather feathers and with futuristic shapes, she showcased some uber sharp tailoring and met the high standards of a more established designer, setting the bar pretty high for the remaining fashion grads.

Another graduate who critics believe has great promise is Lynsey Roberts, she made her mark with a delectable sports luxe collection. Serving up wet-look leggings and bell sleeved jackets, Roberts achieved a look that is both edgy and elegant.

All three are believed to be strong contenders for the series of awards scheduled tomorrow. Judged by British designers Giles Deacon and Matthew Williamson, the awards gala will reveal London's brightest emerging designers selected from the 50 universities participating.

Here is my pick of the catwalk crop from Sunday's opening show:

Graduate Fashion Week Highlights

Web: www.gfw.org.uk
Images Credit: www.thisislondon.co.uk

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