From urban warrior to gothic,this season's styles are wackier than ever. But can you wear them in public? LOUISE ROE braved the catcalls...
With the glossy magazines hyping up the new season, it's easy to get caught in a shopping frenzy.
But before you whip out your credit card and splurge, let Lifestyle lead you through winter's sartorial jungle because, this year, designers have excelled themselves with some seriously wacky trends.
Alongside the usual hardy perenials - miltary, tweed and tartan - there's gothic with a twist and urban warrior - chain mail, arm shields and falconry gloves.
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From decadent frills and big knits, this season's styles are wackier than ever
They might look fabulous on the catwalk, but how will they translate into everyday life?
And should you splash out on a designer original or hold out for a cheaper High Street version?
To find out, we sent style addict Louise Roe, presenter of VogueTV, on to the streets in four of the trickiest trends to see how she got on.
In a season full of harsh cuts and futuristic fabrics, some designers still showcased romantic, frilly, fluid evening dresses.
Pleats, ruffles, folds and tiers dominated at Sonia Rykiel, Valentino and Marc Jacobs in bright, decadent silks, velvet and lace.
This look is about rich textures and bold embellishment. The dress I squeeze on has both in spades.
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Would you dare to wear the Urban Warrior look (left) or flaunt your gothic charms?
Central St Martins' graduate Jack Isenberg's bright red leather-andlace mini is so short I mistake it for a top.
But I can imagine a longer, pared-down version translating well from the runway to the red carpet and selling well, which is crucial for any designer.
The question is, what will passengers on the No 10 bus to Hyde Park Corner think of it at 10am on a Tuesday?
Standing at the bus stop, a crowd gathers around me.
I begin to feel like a minor celebrity, then a tourist attraction, then more like some kind of freak show, as people point and stare - one even takes a picture. A bus arrives and I swiftly hop on.
"What do you think of my outfit?" I ask the bus driver.
"Very nice. I like it," he says. That's a better reaction.
"Where's your dress from? It so cool," says a young girl.
Most people start smiling and another, who says she's a stylist, wants to check out the lace pleats close-up.
"Would you wear this?" I ask a group of women in their mid-20s.
"I'd like to say I would but I probably wouldn't have the guts," says one.
"I would - I think it's wicked," says another girl.
Then I catch the eye of a young guy, who shouts over: "What's with the tights? The head-to-toe Lady-in-Red thing is too much, but I'm digging the dress!"
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'I felt like a tourist attraction as people pointed and stared'
Pleasantly surprised by such a friendly reaction, I disembark at the next stop.
Apart from constantly yanking the hem down, I feel more comfortable in this dress than I thought I would.
Granted, you couldn't go to work in this - the collar inhibits full neck movement and the hand-glued frills are too delicate - but it would make a sensational evening outfit.
And anything that manages to get people smiling and chatting to each other on a London bus gets my vote.
VERDICT: The Big Mac of dresses: desirable, naughty and will probably get you into trouble, but this trend is ultra feminine and makes a statement. It is also a winner with boys and girls. Visit shops such as Zara and French Connection for a low-key take on frills. 8/10
King of cool Giles Deacon pioneered the trend for over-sized knitwear this season with extra-long scarves, bulky cardigans and chunky woollen hats.
Waffle stitches, looking as if they'd been knitted by giants, also bounced down the runway at Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney and Annalisa Dunn.
It's a boiling hot day for a change, but I diligently pull on layers of stitched-together wool, more wool and even more wool - exactly how the outfit appeared on the Annalisa catwalk.
Walking down the street, I can already see H&M and Top Shop's interpretation of these pieces in the windows - the look's going to be hugely popular.
I don't get stared at quite so much this time, just the odd comment of "You must be boiling," and "I like the leg-warmers".
Shopping in one store, the male attendant won't stop staring, so I sidle up and ask his opinion. Unfortunately for me and my clothes, shop-man is not charmed by the outfit. I give up and head to the park.
A gaggle of children on bikes cycles by and bursts into hysterics - their cacophony of laughter is followed by a chorus of handlebar bell-ringing.
But I'm soon encouraged when a nice jogger says I look very fetching and that he likes the wool thing very much. A passing lady admires my look, too.
"It's brilliant and very inventive," she says. Would she wear it? "No, but that's not what fashion's about.