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LFW Spring 2013: Our Top 10 Shows

After just a few short days of London shows, the second leg of Fashion Month has drawn to a close. In a city known for its eccentric, offbeat sense of style, which young (and not quite so young) designers reigned supreme? Click through to see the 10 collections that wowed us the most.

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Peter Pilotto

Design duo Pilotto and Christopher De Vos worked their digital print magic on peplum tops, slit-up-to-there straight skirts and skinny pants. The closing looks took the visual overload a step further with additional beadwork and embellishment in the form of tiny mirrors.

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Mary Katrantzou

Inspired by the souvenir-like quality of postage stamps and banknotes, Katrantzou printed them on sophisticated halter dresses, button-ups and pencil skirts.

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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

We missed having Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi show here in NYC, but the duo's return to London was a beautiful one. The designers covered '90s-minimal basics—silk slipdresses, slit skirts and button-up shirts—with rich prints of exotic reptile skins and sheer mesh panels. If this is where minimalism is moving next, count us in.

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Christopher Kane

With Frankenstein as his inspiration, cool kid Kane used plastic nuts and bolts and little strips of gaffer tape to bind his (ironically quite feminine) looks together. In keeping with Kane's love for unexpected materials, many cocktail looks were made from shimmering loops of rubber. It was one very pretty monster mash.

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Michael van der Ham

With Miró as his muse, van der Ham presented a beautifully collaged collection of abstract-patterned wrap tops, multi-layered skirts and fluttering peplum dresses. The silver sequins placed on select looks made those mixed prints even more stunning. This was fine art inspiration done right.

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Antonio Berardi

Berardi's star has risen enormously over the past year or so—and with a collection like this one, it's easy to see why. Never has athletic mesh looked so good alongside aqua-colored sequins and violet tone-on-tone leopard spots.

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Mulberry

"C'mon, get happy!" seemed to be Mulberry creative director Emma Hill's message with this collection. And truly, it doesn't get more cheerful than the floral brocade short suits, mint tweed biker jackets and gecko-printed Del Rey bags that came down the runway—accompanied by standard poodles.

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Erdem

Lace, meet snakeskin. Erdem Moralioglu married the two unlikely materials in his beautiful collection of collarless coats, fitted sheaths and box-pleated skirts. An unusual color combo of neons and pastels furthered our belief that sometimes, weird can work.

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J.W. Anderson

Hot off the heels of his hit capsule for Topshop, Anderson used ruffles freely and frequently in his spring collection, adding them to bandeau tops and high-waisted shorts (or were they skorts?). For the more daring, there were scuba-style pieces crafted from cotton sponge!

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Burberry Prorsum

Christopher Bailey's cheerful spring collection was packed with candy colors, eye-popping ombré and capes of every length. Ruched satin looks almost resembled pulled taffy, while classic trenches got fancied up with lace and feathers.

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