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Byline: JOANNE WATKINSON

LONDON has to be the most exciting of all the fashion weeks. Paris may be home to the power houses - Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Givenchy, to name a few - but London is unpredictable and diverse, a melting pot of creativity.

New designers are nurtured and given a platform by the British Fashion Council.

In an open letter Natalie Massanet (founder of online fashion mecca Net-a-porter and chair of the BFC) urged the inhabitants of London to be "their most stylish self" while the eyes of the fashion world are upon them, a call to action to affirm exactly why we are the instigator of global trends.

New York may be known for its polished style, but London breeds fashion risk-takers, and it's they who keep it interesting.

On and off the catwalk, these carefully orchestrated Fashion Week "looks" are not weather dependant, blazing sunshine won''t stop the most ardent fashion editor from wearing her new season coat. Time stops for no man, and summer clothes are not welcome once winter has begun.

Proving that fashion isn''t just for the jet-set, Topshop Unique pulled in a stellar front row, including US Vogue''s Anna Wintour (her mere attendance is a seal of approval) and Kate Moss, pictured below.

This season Manolo Blahknik demonstrated his support by showing at LFW for the first time, elsewhere Emma Hill - the designer at the helm of Mulberry - presented her swan song collection watched by front row stalwart Alexa Chung.

And, while Burberry Prorsum was as ever the pinnacle of the week, in the spirit of innovation I recommend you check out print queen Mary Kantrantzou, Erdem, JW Anderson and newcomer Barbara Carasola.

Q&A QI KEEP reading that pink coats are "in" for winter, but I haven''t seen any in the shops yet, where can I get one? A THIS certainly seems to be the item every fashion magazine is championing for the winter season.

Marks & Spencer may have sold out of its sorbet pink 1950s swing coat but you can still get your hands on this overcoat in a beautiful pale pink at Zara, right, for PS179.

Joanne Watkinson is a stylist, personal shopper and wardrobe organiser with more than 10 years' experience working in the fashion industry.

You can contact her with your style queries and fashion dilemmas at Joanne@joannewatkinson.co.uk
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