Cross dressing

Our pick of the catwalk collections that are now available on the high street

Another batch of designers have distilled their catwalk collections for the high street.  Katie Dailey picks the ones worth queuing for.

  • Emma Cook, Jordan Askill and JW Anderson + Topshop

    Topshop and H&M are chief contenders for collabo-king status. But while H&M focuses on bagging the fashion big guns, like Versace and Marni, Toppers has its eye on the next big things. If you’re quick, you can catch the last of the ultra-wearable, paisley-tinged collection by JW Anderson, in store now. For Christmas, cool Brit Emma Cook has created a petite range of kooky pieces like fairy-light dresses and hipster knits. Meanwhile, Australian it-jeweller Jordan Askill has created affordable versions of his animal-esque pieces.

  • Helen Bullock + Anthropologie

    Folksy fashion and homewares brand Anthropologie has plucked a designer not long out of Saint Martins. Helen Bullock’s painterly designs belie her newbie status, and her trio of dresses mix scribble prints and splashes of colour to accomplished effect.

  • Michael Van der Ham + Brora

    Cosy cashmere label Brora is best known for its nice but dull knitwear. Enter up-and-coming Dutch designer Michael Van der Ham, who does a great line in clashing prints and colours. He’s reworked Brora basics in bold motifs, zig-zags and stripes, giving the luxurious knits a new lease of life. In stores now.

  • Carven + Petit Bateau

    Quality basics maker Petit Bateau has teamed up with luxury label Carven to produce a capsule line that marries the best of both brands. Carven’s distinctive white collar features on comfy stretch dresses, while Petit Bateau’s trademark striped T-shirts are slimmed down to reflect Carven’s sleek aesthetic.

  • James Long + Topman

    At last – one for the boys. Topman has made like its sister brand and invited a hot-right-now designer to produce a capsule range in exchange for financial support for his catwalk show. James Long’s Topman collection is wearable, cool and well made (not always a given when designers sell their style to the devil), with a focus on characterful intarsia knits.

  • Maison Martin Margiela + H&M

    Avant-garde Margiela was a daring choice for H&M – he specialises in idiosyncratic design, albeit with a genius for cut and clever tailoring. His more cerebral ideas – jumpers made of socks, duvet coats and a topsy-turvy dress with a limbless shirt sleeve dangling over one shoulder – might not appeal to all H&M customers. They will, however, be snapped up by MMM fans and fashion students.

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