Britain's long-established designers brought classic elegance to the catwalks, while up-and-coming talent packed a punch with fun, youthful styles on the second day of London Fashion Week.
One of Kate
Middleton's' favored designers, Daniella Helayel, showcased a collection of
printed chiffon kaftans, woven jacquards and geometric patterns.
wore thick jackets with shearing and fur linings, accessorized with wide brimmed
hats and eagle feathers in a collection inspired by the rugged landscape of the
"There are lots of feathers, lots of feather prints, it
was also inspired by rugs, different textures and body paints," Helayel,
designer for Issa London, told Reuters backstage after the show.
buyers from 39 different countries in attendance, the British Fashion Council
estimates orders of more than 100 million pounds ($155.23 million) are placed
during London Fashion Week each season.
The five-day event blends
emerging talent with veteran designers such as Vivienne Westwood and is best
known for its cutting-edge talent and avant garde trends.
Coral pink mohair bags and oversized green coats pinned at the
waist with matching belts featured in John Rocha's collection.
Rocha, a household name in Britain who designs a high street collection for
department store Debenhams, said he took his inspiration from the countryside
surrounding Dublin, where he has lived for more than 20 years.
based a lot on the Irish winter countryside, so almost like tree barks, or
roses, it's all about trying to mimic the color I see outside," Rocha told
Reuters after the show.
"I'm just trying to bring all these things
together and make something that's beautiful."
Earlier in the day, on a
pillar box-red stage, boxy Sixties silhouettes in canary yellow and shocks of
fluorescent orange burst into the packed show of British designer Jasper
Earthy olives muffled loud neons, while cloche hats in matching
shades added a feminine finish to the collection, which was viewed from the
front row by actor Richard E. Grant.
"There is a hell of a lot of bright
color, which is balanced off with dark aubergines and blues and chocolate browns
... really in your face," Conran told Reuters before the show.
who also collaborates with Debenhams, said Britain should see garment
manufacturing as a business opportunity.
"China is going to be a huge
emerging market for this country, and they want things that are made in Britain.
We don't have a manufacturing industry but that doesn't mean we can't create
one," he said.
"TOTALLY OVER THE TOP"
Julien Macdonald offered up
his modern interpretation of glamour with a dazzling array of evening dresses in
gold, silver, canary yellow and emerald green.
Longer gowns featured
hand-sewn mirrors, chains and metal embellishments while sequined fringing
embellished the minimal hemlines of shorter dresses.
"The dresses are
totally over the top, they're glamorous - there are party dresses and cat suits.
There's lots of knitwear made in super sophisticated sexy shapes, traditional
lace with incredible embroidered techniques," Macdonald said.
Cheap And Chic and House of Holland were a hot ticket for London's pretty young
At Moschino, black-lipped models sashayed in alternate direction
through a runway maze lined by masses of buyers, celebrities and admirers;
showcasing monochrome stripes black trousers with punk inspired silver
Black rockability style blazers and buttoned up shirts were
softened by both pale and hot pink.