14 of the Best Looks From London Fashion Week for the Stylish Ex-Patriot

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Where'd September go? If you've barely had time to update Instagram during all this back to school craziness, it's understandable that you may have missed the Burberry show. And the Vivienne Westwood show. And the Tom Ford show. Thankfully, we're here to show you the best of #LFW in less time than it takes to finish that (second) cappuccino.

Where'd September go? If you've barely had time to update Instagram during all this back to school craziness, it's understandable that you may have missed the Burberry show. And the Vivienne Westwood show. And the Tom Ford show. Thankfully, we're here to show you the best of #LFW in less time than it takes to finish that (second) cappuccino.

Burberry Prorsum

This is how we can envision wearing the new transparency trend: a cozy, slightly slouchy sweater buttoned all-the-way-up to offset the webby skirt, and a slick pair of sunglasses to make us look more confident than we feel.

Christopher Kane

There were some cool statements made at the Christopher Kane show, like the sweatshirts that read "Flower" and "Petal" (need both ASAP), but this dress is just next-level gorgeous. It's like the wispy, watercolor, cloud-textured embodiment of a dream.

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Erdem

There's a lot going on in this look, but it still manages to embody that rebellious, gritty London attitude that we've loved from across the pond for decades. You've got your swingy leather skirt, your sulkily sheer sleeves, and the kind of jacket that doesn't give a f*** whether it's embellished with floral epaulettes or not.

House of Holland

Yet another way to wear the sheer lace below-the-knee skirts that are popping up everywhere: Pair with a slightly sacrilegious t-shirt, a baseball cap, and a killer white mani-pedi.

Emma Cook

You may not have heard of Emma Cook, but her Spring 2014 RTW collection deserves a shout-out, because it takes Floridian grandma chic and turns it into something full of languid attitude, complete with track pants, lots of tropical patterns, and chunky loafers in every bright color your faux-Boomer heart desires.

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Jonathan Saunders

Pattern mixing at its finest: blue florals, coral florals, and abstract florals. Jonathan Saunders' entire collection pinned down the slouchy cool of a girl who rolls out of bed and pulls a bomber jacket and t-shirt over her expensive skirt.

Peter Jensen

This mod/disco collection was inspired by Diana Ross, and Jensen hit all the right notes between glamorous and playful with swingy shifts, tassled loafers, sequins, lip prints, big hair, and flashes of silver. 

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Roksanda Ilincic

A technicolor midi-skirt with sneakers? You wouldn't dare...would you?

Sister by Sibling

It's always good to be reminded of fashion's bubbly, mischievous side, and the Sister by Sibling collection did just that. This poufy floral bomber is sheer playfulness, but cute enough to be functional, and the perfect transition piece from winter to warm weather (yes, we're thinking ahead).

Vivienne Westwood

If you ignore the terrifying makeup, this look is office-girl safari chic, and the interplay of yellows (the shoes, the suit, the hair) is really gorgeous. The zombie makeup was intended to reinforce Westwood's message that humans are headed down a destructive path, and the show closed with Westwood herself begging the audience to sign a petition about climate change that she plans to send to the U.N. Secretary-General.

Simone Rocha

There was something funereal about Rocha's collection, despite the many all-white outfits. The models looked sad and uncomfortable, as though unused to their formal clothes. The high, elaborate chokers conjured up Grandma's jewels pulled from a dusty shelf, and a messy topknot has never looked so somber. With all that being said, this is a really gorgeous dress. Rehearsal dinner, anyone?

Tom Ford

When it comes to club wear, you can opt for a mini dress and stilettos, or you can transform yourself into a living mosaic. Head-to-toe coverage has never looked less conservative.

Temperley London

There was something a little too mother-of-the-bride about several of Temperley London's looks, but then there were stunners like this one: a bit 19th-century heroine, a bit blushing bride, a bit Dakota-Fanning-at-the-Oscars.

Thomas Tait

The candy-colored 80's stripes did nothing to detract from the fierce white palette of this sleek number. Thomas Tait's woman is clearly the type who can move from the gym to the street without a stylish misstep in between.

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