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Hot on the heels of London fashion week, centre:mk launched ‘AW17 LIVE’ an exciting event showcasing the very best of the autumn trends. Ex globetrotting Cosmo Fashion Director Shelly Vella reports on last weekend’s events…

As swiftly as the fashion glitterati packed up their Louis Vuitton luggage to head off to the Paris shows, centre:mk rolled out the catwalk for the first in a very exciting set of events to showcase some of the hottest AW17 trends. Top fashion and beauty brands joined the main stage including John Lewis, House of Fraser, River Island, Warehouse, The White Company, Monsoon and Kurt Geiger, with make up on hand from Givenchy, Laura Mercier and Charlotte Tilbury,  (London fashion week regulars no less).

With 12 catwalk shows on the hour, every hour, shoppers were treated to a very visual feast of ways to wear different looks for work, party and weekend. Popular trends included the colour red (plentiful in all the stores right now); winter floral, from bold painterly blooms to the 70’s style ditzy floral; clashing brights (yes you can wear hot pink and emerald green together); day to night tailoring and a softer more relaxed knitwear story in a neutral palette for loungewear lovers. Upbeat and fun the show engaged and inspired the audience of fashion lovers with something for every age, male or female.

Top to toe Monsoon - this season’s accessory must have – the beret topping off a deep berry hued winter floral dress and English heritage faux fur collared coat; Warehouse showcased the new classic, the button free work blouse with ruffled, voluminous sleeves and worn with a short but sweet graphic window pane check skirt.

Bold moves from Hawes & Curtis as they wowed with strong graphic print shirts and slick accessorizing.

pssst…..centre:mk has recently become the latest patron of the prestigious British Fashion Council (BFC) – set up in recognition of the centre’s unique mix of fashion and beauty retail. This puts the centre firmly on the fashion map as they join the likes of Net-A-Porter, Harrods, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and House of Fraser as patrons. Watch this space for more exciting events.