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Margaret Howell Womenswear S/S12

Classic pieces were given a sharper, more tailored edge with the occasional dash of colour and frill inspired by the 30s, 40s and 50s

A retrospective collection from Margaret Howell, this season seemed to be a combination of various era's, with the 30s, 40s and 50s all making an appearance in an ever classic show. Colours were variations on white and navy, darker and lighter shades of blue coming through with the occasional cobalt burst. Shirt dresses, tailored shorts, loose fitting almost workshirt-esque pieces formed the basis of a number of looks, variations given in cut and style but remaining predominantly within the set Margaret Howell boundaries.

This season felt more tailored than last, with elements being brought through from the previous collection, but updated and given a more serious edge. As ever things were pared down and minimal, but the occasional bit of frill and stripe kept it accessible. Stand out pieces included a white drop waisted dress with an embroidered petite polka dot in red and a beautifully cut cheesecloth long shirt, belted at the waist. Accessories played a big part this season with a number of bags pulling elements together and keeping a thread running through. The chambray duffle bag was a recurring piece, in keeping with the timeless Howell woman.