James Small’s highly anticipated AW12 show delivered an eclectic mix of luxurious cardigans, jerseys and suits; an innovative and high fashion take on workman-chic.
Fur was a key feature in the collection - unsurprisingly, as the collection was entitled 'Dark Artic' - grey and black fur accents adorned the models as hats, sleeves on their jackets and as full fur coats. Patterning played a minor part in the line, with checked shirts peaking out of the bottom of jersey cardigans and appearing again in the form of an oversized belted cardigan and buttoned utilitarian style coat. 
The slouch bottomed, braces adorned jersey trousers in shades of grey and black were an eye-catching featured on the collection - directly mixing workman casual with tailoring. 
The attention to detail within James Small's collection was evident; lapels, oversized collars and deep pockets became key features in the design of the line. 
As the models thumped down the catwalk, hands in accented pockets to the beat of the music, the crowd were animated and nodded along to the music. The celebrity studded front row, only hyped up an already energetic, detailed and deliciously dark collection. 

By Cass Gowing, VFS Blog Editor
T: @CassGowing, www.cassgowingfashion.co.uk
Photography by Rowan Papier

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