Mood board: In the brightly lit Rambert space, Margaret Howell's models strolled past in leather and suede slingback platform sandals with such ease that it was hard not to imagine them simply on their way to a relaxed al fresco lunch.

Best in show: A monochrome look in a rich ruby red was a faultless exercise in Howell’s signature restrained femininity. The gleaming silk shirt tucked into a fluid pleated skirt was a ladylike look with just the right dosage of severity.

Finishing touches: Few accessories were added to the silhouettes in this collection, yet one look – a super simple linen shift dress with a loose tie at the back – was paired with a flat leather tote that blended in perfectly with the minimal ensemble.