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Margaret Howell Womenswear A/W11

Androgynous womenswear was shown in muted neutrals and charcoal greys for a pared down feel

Margaret Howell continued her well trodden aesthetic again this season with a collection of androgynous womenswear in muted and darker colours. Grey, dark green, brown and charcoal all appeared throughout the show with a few pieces in nudes and blue, adding a slightly lighter edge. Loose fitting and a draped silhouette always feature strongly in Howell's collections and this was no different, although waists were pulled in and up with simple dark brown leather belts appearing on a number of the models. They result was a high waisted appearance that gave the pieces a relaxed strength.Traditional British fabrics, which have been a solid feature of a few collections this season, were used, as always, by the designer.

These fabrics included corduroy, tweed, melton wool and cashmere. Trench coats, full length coats and sports jackets came up in the tweed and and corduroy, all in lighter, compared to the majority of the collection, shades of grey and camel. Rolled cuff trousers and pleated skirts also made an appearance throughout a proportion of the looks, giving a loose and easy elegance to the show, something Howell is often known for. Cute pinafore dresses added a younger feel, contrasting against the heritage fabrics, made up in both light and dark shades of drill cotton.A new addition for this season was Howell's occasional use of sheepskin and fur, which added an obvious luxurious feel and a level of size and volume to a few of the key pieces including a mid length deep brown, wide and open collar suede jacket.