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There were so many pieces in Aquascutum's Autumn / Winter 2012 collection that could so easily slot into any wardrobe as classic staples. For Joanna Sykes' third season with the label, she went strong on the sharp, modern tailoring with an strong focus on outerwear. As always the Aquascutum show tends to draw the 'slebs and this season was no different with James Corden, Poppy Delevigne, and Dionne Bromfield all perched on the front row. Joining them was the British Fashion Council's Harold Tillman who was also in attendance.

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Despite the rain outside, inside The Savoy Hotel the audience was greeted with edgy military-inspired jackets baring exposed zips and tailored woollen coats with furry elbow patches. Coats were Sykes' thing and they incorporated all different types of fabrics from patent leather to shearling.

On a colour palette of olive green, white, beige and rich brown, Syke's continued her utilitarian theme with crisp button up shirts layered with overcoats and worn over cropped trousers in slim and wide styles. Dresses were sleeveless and paired with long leather gloves and pointed toe heeled boots. Other aspects worth noting include thick tweed coats and dresses, and several floor-length evening gowns in black and navy with slight cut-out sections on the sides. Sexy but not slutty.

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As I said there weren't many pieces in this collection that wouldn't do very well as a must-have in any winter wardrobe. I already have my eye on one of those cocoon coats with a zipped up underlay only to be worn with a white shirt, cropped trousers and a pair of heeled boots... naturally.