From a celebration of the world's best-known fashion bible to cheap-as-chips bridal gowns and some covetable designer collaborations, there's plenty for the fashion-conscious to look forward to in 2016. Here's our pick of the best. For more style inspiration, check out our guide to sample sales in London and our Buy This Today series.
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Rodarte x & Other Stories
It's a match made in fashion heaven. Lovely Scandi-chic label & Other Stories has teamed up with Rodarte, the dreamiest label on the New York show schedule. Right now, details are frustratingly scarce: all we know is that the collaboration (which arrives next spring) will encompass ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories. Rodarte's design duo Kate and Laura Mulleavy have described it as 'a truly special collection,' and we're inclined to take their word for it.
River Island x Sibling
Knitwear gang Sibling are one of our favourite Fashion Week fixtures, so it's fair to say we're pretty excited about the arrival of their collaboration with high street giant River Island. Inspired by Brigitte Bardot, daisies and the photography of Ellen Von Unwerth, the brand describe the collection as ‘pretty in pink.’ This is Sibling we’re talking about, though, so you can expect some sort of subversive twist. Available from February.
A picture-perfect wedding dress for just £60 sounds almost too good to be true, but ASOS's first ever bridal range promises just that. The 18-piece collection will feature everything from '30s-inspired slip dresses to co-ord jumpsuits for the fashion-forward bride. With the most expensive piece priced at just £250, we predict a sellout when this launches next spring.
Alexander McQueen returns to London
Last year's record-breaking 'Savage Beauty' retrospective at the V&A brought McQueen's wonderous work back to London. Now, under the helm of creative director Sarah Burton, the late designer's eponymous label is returning to London Fashion Week AW16 for one season only, after years of hosting bi-annual catwalk shows in Paris. This is sure to be the hottest ticket of the season – expect the house's trademark showmanship in bucketloads.
Ever since Derek and Hansel commandeered the catwalk at Valentino in February, the return of everyone's favourite 'really, really good-looking' male supermodel has been one of 2016's most anticipated releases. With cameos by everyone from Benedict Cumberbatch to Justin Bieber, expect swanky outfits, silliness and more pouting than an episode of 'Made in Chelsea'.
Grace Wales Bonner
2015 has been an amazing year for young designer Grace Wales Bonner: her work has been featured as part of the V&A's prestigious Fashion in Motion scheme (typically the preserve of more established designers) and she's been crowned Best Emerging Menswear Designer at the British Fashion Awards. We're eagerly awaiting her AW16 collection, which will debut as part of the MAN catwalk show at LC:M in January.
House of Holland x Habitat
Henry Holland has turned his hand to interior design, teaming up with Habitat for a limited edition collection. Patterns from his vibrant SS16 show will adorn textiles and upholstery for a psychedelic, '70s-inspired feel. The range will be available from May.
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