Fit for a Fashion Week #1 : Hers

Let's hear it for the ladies! Let statement pieces do all the talking and keep details to the minimum. Mix and match your favourite London designers with your high street favourites for a look that is true to your style.

1. It is actually a little bit scary how much money I spend in Zara each season. I could work out exactly how much, but ignorance is bliss. This season, though, I fear I may top last season in the spending stakes, which is quite a feat. These buckled black patent dolly shoes are next on my list. They are almost like macabre Mary-Janes with those vicious pointed toes and ankle straps. They are £79 here, and a great take on the dapper flat. 

2. Another day, another statement necklace. Zara's noir-dipped baroque necklace is a darkly elegant piece that will work with everything from cream to claret. It adds just a touch of interest to this monochrome ensemble. Break fashion taboos and pair yours with a slick navy dress and patent black Kurt Geiger Bonds. It is a snip at £29.99 here.

3. Mary Katrantzou's collection is one of the hottest tickets at LFW, so show your appreciation with this  timeless printed silk top. With pleating at the neckline and a painterly shadow print, this monochrome piece is a future classic. An understated style, this shell top is great for pledging your LFW allegiance. It is £486 at www.matchesfashion.com. 

4. My search for sartorial nirvana often falls at the same hurdle: the black skirt. I have had flirtations with black skirts over the years, but nothing seems to stand the test of time. I've had floaty flared numbers, pleated leather skaters, sculpting jersey pencils and even shameful bandage minis, but nothing seems to tick all my boxes. This season, however, there are some great simple black skirts around. I initially fell for Zara's acclaimed Mermaid style with a kick hem, but I couldn't quite part with that £70, which I now regret massively. This structured skirt from Topshop is a great simple piece that will nip in at the waist and skim your hips. Plus, at £35 here, it is a total bargain even if it is not "the one".

5. If you are looking for an "it bag" that won't set you back a couple of thousand, look no further than your local Whistles.  A new addition to the LFW schedule, Whistles have really upped the fashion ante with their latest limited edition handbags. In a muted blush pink, this calf hair Corine style is sure to a be a hit with fashion girls. It is minimal and a little bit CĂ©line, but thankfully it is only £350 here. Pair it with a directional monochrome look this season for a fresh take on fondant pink. 

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