There is no secret that when it comes to fashion and designer creations, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton has a few select labels that she prefers most.
Right from officially announcing the engagement with Prince William in a blue Issa creation to attending the premiere of the War Horse by Steven Spielberg in a black lace Temperley gown, the Duchess has time and again displayed her preference for the two couture labels.
Hence, it comes as no surprise when Day 2 of the London Fashion Week attracted a host of celebrities and fashionistas as both Issa and Temperley presented their Autumn/Winter 2012 collections.
Issa's show had an unmistakable eastern feel while Temperley's collection drew inspiration from both the past and the present.
Issa's designer, Daniella Helayel, drew her inspiration from places like Russia, China and Mongolia as she made liberal use of furry caps and fur trimmings around the shoulders. The collection also involved the bold usage of radiant prints and hues like oversized floral motifs to reflect inspirations from Moscow and Russia.
The Daily Mail reported that touches of the Mongolian nomads' traditional dress were found in cropped jackets embellished with rich wool threads and feathers. Fabrics were luxe and elegant: velvet, woven gold silk coupe or lace in hues of bronze and gold and evening dresses of China red lace or inky blue silk satin.
Temperley's collection, on the other hand, comprised glamorous evening gowns and cocktail dresses often paired with oversized hats from England. The collection also presented a hint of Russian and French influence.
Take the slideshow of the exclusive collection at the 2012 London Fashion Week: