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Elle Fashion Week 2012 kicked off late last week against the backdrop of a threat which was neither imaginary nor metaphorical. Looming over the white marquee set up in front of CentralWorld were ominously dark clouds pregnant with the prospect of torrential rain _ something that could very well eclipse the success of this, the longest-running and most prestigious fashion showcase in the Kingdom. 

So much to be worried about, but, apart from a few mishaps that heavily delayed the schedule on Saturday, all was well. Attendance was unaffected _ the huge tent rarely less than full _ and, thank god, no rain descended to destroy the outfits of fashionistas who ventured out in droves in their Sunday best.

For those working behind the scenes it was four sweaty days of deadline madness. It was a pretty tall order for spectators, too, with 14 different shows and something like 20 designers to check out, scrutinise and savour. Some delivered the unexpected, while others stuck to the familiar, the tried and tested. Here's a complete wrap-up of the attire for autumn/winter 2012 unveiled at Elle Fashion Week and a taste of what we can expect to see on local racks and shelves over the next six months.

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