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It’s always hard to find a bad thing about the Margaret Howell show. Whilst the brand isn’t necessarily about innovation of pushing fashion forward, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. As a fellow journalist said to me after the show, the charm of Howell’s collections is that every single piece can slip into any woman’s wardrobe with ease and the looks she offered up yesterday epitomised that.
As always Howell showed the perfect basic shirt dress but this season it came in royal blue and styled with double wrapped skinny belt. Blue was a colour that popped up throughout the collection as nautical tones like white and blue and flashes of red dominated. The nautical theme also appeared on a look featuring a blue mid length top in blue with a matching skirt teamed with a red and white striped scarf tied around the neck and sailor hats all appeared. Shirts came in white and were as crisp as ever coming teamed with pin striped wide leg trousers and knee length skirts and with single-breasted blazers.
Despite the optimism that we’ve seen this season, reflected in the bright colours, experimental fabrics and dramatic prints, the current economic situation is far from over and Howell is amongst very few designers that have managed to create a business that will thrive and remain true to it’s core whatever the economic situation.