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Published: 21 Feb 2012

LFW A/W 12-13: Padding

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Padding and quilting is a key design feature for Autumn/Winter 2012-13 seen at London Fashion Week.

From London-based Marios Schwab’s elegant thirties femininity, to Irish designer J.W. Anderson’s alternative take on soviet utilitarianism, the padded jacket has made numerous appearances on the London catwalks. Adding an urban, active sportswear feel to conservative, retro silhouettes, J.W. Anderson featured quilted vests, jackets, wraparound skirts and snoods, along with tweed skirts and geometric knits.

Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders showed belted, thinly padded jackets with exaggerated collars over jacquard shirts and skirts for a quirky, offbeat silhouette. And London-based design duo Peter Pilotto reinvented the padded bomber jacket with futuristic prints for a retro, space-age take on sportswear. Teamed with bodycon printed and velvet dresses, the look fused urbane cool with sleek femininity.

Padding and quilting can be integrated into several different aesthetics, with utilitarian and sportswear both referenced at London Fashion Week. What is key to the inclusion of inset padding is the potential to create bold, 3D silhouettes that stand apart from the body, reflecting projections made in Stylus' Hide & Seek A/W 12-13 industry trend.

London Fashion Week runs until February 22 2012.

London Fashion Week

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