New York Fashion Week Faves: Miguel Adrover

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Miguel Adrover AW12 Six.

Before we dive headlong into the mania that is London Fashion Week, we've turned our attentions across the pond to see what New York, New York has to offer - all from the comforts of our ergonomic office chairs with very English cups of tea and... a Hershey bar on stand by. Yeah, we don't want to be seeing it all for real in the Big Apple or anything, no siree.

Putting our shan't-go-to-the-ball bitterness to one side, this week we'll be bringing you our pick of the collections sashaying down the NYFW runways, PLUS a guide to how you can make SS12's trends work for next winter (fashion moves fast, darlings, what can we say?!)

First up: the return of Miguel Adrover, whose experimental one-offs charged with meaning seem a little at odds with the slick elegance for which NY has become renowned. After a 12 year hiatus, Spanish-born Adrover is back with a bang.

Models were Amazonian hunter-gatherers assembling outfits from a rag-tag travel bag of recycled clothing - garments themselves were decontextualised (Comme des Garcons-esque upside down bomber jackets worn as skirts, burkha dresses and hip hop inspired snapback caps and low slung trousers). Flags and national iconography were a recurring feature: this was a collection charged with a sense of global upheaval, underscored by post apolcalyptic punk elements like tribal piercings, leaves, bark and worthless banknotes tossed from cardboard clutch bags onto the catwalk. Ok, so it could be accused of verging on the Derelicte at times, but totally bonkers cat sweaters aside, Adrover's work hammers home its message with don't-give-a-damn acuity of vision and some actually very wearable elements like layered plaid and denim, grungey mid length skirts, and pop culture prints.

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