From catwalk to yard: a semi-serious take on London Fashion Week

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the DHP take on London fashion week
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London Fashion Week has drawn to a close, having brought a whiff of summer to this grey start of the autumn. So what’s in store for the fashion-conscious rider?

Not much that’s wearable in the yard, to be absolutely honest. Country-inspired gilets, such as those seen at the House of Holland show, are perhaps the most useful pieces — you can accessorise them with a belt for extra pizzazz (although the glittery bugs sported by the models may be a little too much).

“Ladies, riding-hat hair has just become fashionable!”

Monograms, which Burberry plastered on its nylon rucksacks, are also ideal for the livery yard — beats naming your gear with a permanent marker anyway. And if you like your competition wear on the formal, military side, with plenty of piping and gold buttons, know that you’ll be bang on trend: Burberry’s latest collection is finished with gold trimmings by Hand & Lock, the embroiderers who supply goldwork to Prince William, the Royal Scots Dragoons Guard and the Queen’s bodyguard, among others.

Beyond that, designers went big (and slightly crazy) on sleeves, which ranged from Roksanda Ilincic’s elegant bells to Erdem’s 18th-century-style’s tiered ruffles — fancy a leg o’mutton riding shirt, anyone?

Following on from this autumn’s Neo-Victorian style, Victorian and Edwardian dresses, more than a little reminiscent of Downton Abbey, also made an appearance on the spring and summer catwalks — giving you the perfect opportunity to recycle that side-saddle habit you bought on a whim and never used.

Colours were bold or black, prints dramatic and hairdos nothing short of crazy—not recommended if your horse spooks easily.

However, another top hair trend — the tousled, ‘just-woken-up’ look complete with pillow kinks, as seen at the Holly Fulton’s catwalk show and on Paloma Faith’s head — is brilliant news. Ladies, hat hair has just become fashionable!

Perhaps more interesting, though, was the footwear trend spotted both on the catwalks and among celebrity guests and fashion bloggers. Guess what? This is going to be a hot season for boots, particularly those of the humble paddock variety. Ankle boots were everywhere, which means that, once suitably de-mucked, your pair of Ariat, Toggi or Dubarry can strut their stuff with pride in the office or at a stylish party. MTV presenter Laura Whitmore even went one step further, turning up at the ‘Belstaff presents Outlaws’ after-party in what looked suspiciously like breeches and riding boots (but probably weren’t). Could be an idea next time you are short of an outfit!

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