3 London Looks for the Verily Girl

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I’m finally home from a whirlwind London Fashion Week! I am ever impressed by London, which continues to grow in importance both as an incubator of up-and-coming designers and trends and a commercial powerhouse, producing some of the most acclaimed looks of the four major fashion weeks which include New York City, Milan, and Paris.

The "London Look" is ideal for the Verily girl who is stylish and practical: who has a commute, not a catwalk. London fashion boasts great diversity, whether you identify more with Kate Middleton’s ladylike dresses or Kate Moss’s rocker style—or, like many of our editors, a little bit of both. Recently, London's style is fashion-forward and feminine, with personality packed into accessible pieces. Here are a few suggestions to get the look back at home.

1. Get Inspired by Christian Blanken

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Christian Blanken showed a minimalist collection that was anything but monotonous. He obviously learned from previous employers Michael Kors and Diane Von Furstenberg about creating clothing for the modern woman. His Spring 2013 collection is a capsule wardrobe for next season: structured blouses, well-cut trousers, and crisp shirt dresses in black, white, and gray for the office; lemon and watermelon separates for summer weekends. Blanken's collection was especially refreshing because of it's elegant simplicity. Girls, it's time to bring out those basics!

2. Ordinary Shapes, Extraordinary Prints

Let’s face it: most of us require a wardrobe of staple dresses and separates. But, these outfits need not be boring!

Preen blew the critics away with ladylike sheath dresses and pencil skirts in iridescent snakeskin and digital floral prints. Erdem, a favorite of the Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron, mixed prim lace and florals in vibrant orange and pinks. Mimic these looks by  adding a scarf in a bold print or bright color to your staple dresses and separates.

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(Preen and Erdem SS 2013)

I also enjoyed seeing theEley Kishimotocollection up-close at an exhibit and reception at the Aram Gallery. The duo behind the brand has designed prints for Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen, and now has successful womenswear and housewares lines. The spring looks included easy day dresses in eye-popping geometric prints. This line is attainable for the modern woman too–check out these fun printed tights!

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(Eley Kishimoto Spring 2013)

3. The Ankle-Strap Heel

I’m a shoe wimp, and I'll admit I don't think I wore heels once while running around London. So, I was thrilled to see heels with a stabilizing ankle strap in style. Christian Blanken and Preen showcased them, as did Mary Katrantzou, Issa, and David Koma, to name a few–Burberry even had a metallic wedge version. A pointy toe or color-blocking makes this classic silhouette totally chic. The best part: an ankle strap also works well on flats and low heels for you ladies on the go!

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(Mary Katrantzou and Burberry Spring 2013)

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Samantha Sault

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Samantha Sault is a writer in Washington, D.C. Her work has recently appeared in The Weekly Standard, The Washington Times, and Washington Life, and can be found at 

www.samanthaonstyle.com