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Nine London Fashion Week Designers to Watch Out for in US Stores Next Fall

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It's all well and good following London Fashion Week on Twitter and the blogs, but what's the point in ogling all the pretty looks if you won't be able to find them in American stores come fall? From Mary Katrantzou to Jonathan Saunders and Orla Kiely, we've trawled the Fall 2012 collections to find our favorite looks that will be available in the US once the time comes to pick out a new wardrobe for winter. Below, our nine favorite Yankee-friendly designers.

Mary Katrantzou—Head of the London designer print pack is Mary Katrantzou, and for fall she's giving us prints based on crayons, typewriters, and wristwatches. London will be crawling with bits of Katrantzou (not to mention knock-offs), but rest assured you can find your own stateside at Barney's, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus.

Christopher Kane—He's worked with Versace and is the cocktail-party favourite for many young European starlets, but luckily Christopher Kane is a popular choice among US buyers too. This season he showed a more mature take on his super-luxe eveningwear—we love the sinister purple floral number in particular. Find Christopher Kane at Barneys, Jeffrey, and Neiman Marcus.

Erdem—Erdem's stunning dresses are this season influenced by Peggy Guggenheim and the art world, and he's gone for his unusual combination of rubber and lace. Check them out in the flesh at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom.

Matthew Williamson—It's only been three years since Matthew Williamson left New York Fashion Week to return to his London home. But he's still a jet-setting international type, and his laid-back party dresses—this season doused in fat sequins—will be on sale as ever at his West 14th Street flagship in New York.

Jonathan Saunders—Jonathan Saunders is London's favorite designer at the moment, and his show on Sunday was a hot ticket. On this side of the Atlantic, Michelle Obama is a fan and was photographed wearing a sleeveless black number at a White House dinner last year. Jonathan Saunders can be found in the US at Bergdorfs and Assembly New York.

McQ—This was McQ's first season showing on the London schedule, and it didn't disappoint. Sarah Burton gave us a range of beautifully textured dresses and coats, including the beauty above in jumbo plaid. Check out this more affordable take on Alexander McQueen at McQ stockists Intermix and and online at Revolve and Yoox.

Simone Rocha—Simone Rocha showed her desirable brand of hip, girly minimalism for a third season in a row, and luckily it's been snapped up by Opening Ceremony in LA and New York. We predict the biggest seller will be the silver leather biker jackets and Perspex heeled brogues.

Mulberry—Mulberry puts a lot of energy into being the choice of fashion's coolest girls—see their brand-new Lana Del Rey handbag, for one thing. Luckily for us, you won't be able to miss them on sale at one of the brand's three stores in Manhattan: Madison Avenue, Bleecker Street, and Spring Street.

Orla KielyKate Middleton favorite Orla Kiely opted for a presentation rather than a show this season, and did it in the cutest style imaginable, with models done up like girls at a tea dance waiting for a partner. The dresses themselves were a perfect mix of preppy-girly and will be on sale at the Orla Kiely store on Mercer St. in New York, plus she's promised further US expansion in 2012. —Ana Kinsella
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