The English really are blessed in their high street. And one of the very best high-street brands—the labels whose storefronts dot the main thoroughfares of Great Britain—is, indisputably, Whistles. Under the direction of chief executive Jane Shepherdson, the brand has marked out a very specific niche, selling clothes that are well priced but elevated in tone and accessibly fashion-forward. The Whistles shops have become regular stops for the international editors who attend London fashion week, and so it stands to reason that the label is planning to expand its distribution overseas, and throughout the United States especially.

This season, Whistles staged its first proper runway show, and the clothes didn't disappoint. Even if looks like a horizontal-stripe slipdress or voluminous cropped trousers didn't shift any fashion paradigms, they were executed with great verve and polish. The clothes here seemed expensive. A lot of that had to do with the application of just-so details, like the choice of a compressed shiny raffia as the material for a slouchy coat, or the collarbone-baring cut of the straps on a tank dress. Whistles is also justifiably known for its prints—this season, the theme was animal print, magnified until unrecognizable—and the brand's relatively new shoe range is attaining similar consistency. The shower shoes here seemed like a must-have. So, for that matter, did the silver separates, and the cropped cashmere knits, and the leather dungaree dresses. The greatest thing about Whistles is that, when it comes to those must-haves, you can actually have them.