For her 'Studio Show', held in her Marylebone store (cleared for the day of all the Vitsoe shelving and Ercol furniture), Margaret Howell treaded her carefully chosen path. No news there, but she notably introduced many more skirts and - somewhat of a departure for her - colour. No, not the flouros that are currently hitting shop floors, but colour as paired down, studied and worked as the rest of her product, like the minky-pink of suede brogues, the bitter brown leather of a trench, washed out faded shoes in silk, and the warm creamy grey of cashmere cable knits. Her clothes are almost 'plain', but take a closer look and not only are the fabrics (often specially developed in the UK) superb, but the details, functional as ever, make all the difference. It's the length of a sleeve on a blazer (way above the wrist), the hem of a dress (peaking out below a tailored coat), the belts that fasten at the back (making them a graphic band around the waist), the enlarged height of a rib on a roll-neck or the over-scaled, fully fashioning on the knit, that gives them their allure.