Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

With a few major designers back in the throws of London Fashion Week from New York, Milan and Paris only for the second season, it’s bound to make trends a little less cohesive. Their design minds have been abroad for quite some time. But the major thread that emerged this week was utterly modern with either a nod to nature or to regency. Key trends were standout looks that are sure to take hold for Fall/Winter 2010.

#1 Textured Leather
Beyond animal skins and suede, leather was twisted, embroidered, perforated, ruched, antiqued and braided all over the catwalks.

#2 In the Woods
Whether with a forestry palette of rich autumnal hues, or thick nubbly tweeds and shearling, a feeling of bringing the great outdoors to the city streets was key.

#3 Fur
Sometimes it was just a scarf or collar, other times a bold shouldered bolero, but the resounding agreement at all shows was that fur is here to stay.

#4 Capes
Clean lines and fluid construction, this season’s cape is to be worn layered, detailed and with a casual ease.

#5 Pencil Skirts
To the knee or just below with bombshell curves is the shape of skirts this season. Plisse leather and corset lacing adds even more luxury and sex appeal.

#6 Lace
While lace pieces showed a distinctly Victorian influence, there was nothing matronly about them. In black or rich jewel tones, this season’s lace steers clear of ‘80s Madonna and doily, and stays thoroughly chic and contemporary.

#7 Coat Dresses
The late ‘80s classic is back, but this time around it manages to look chic. Either channeling futurism or ladylike silhouettes, your coats will do double duty this fall.

#8 Peplum Blazers
Nipped waists and structured peplums channel a little Victoriana. Luxurious fabrics such as quilted wool and glam details like gold buttons and piping keep it modern.

#9 Army Green
Tees, sweaters, jackets and more took inspiration from fatigues. The biggest colour story of the week.

#10 Prints
Consider the LBD to be SLY (so last year). The only dress you’ll want to wear this season is covered in colourful prints that span from graphic to haunting.