London looks to the East for fashion inspiration

Japan influences seep onto the catwalk at London Fashion Week

Japanese influences have been gently seeping onto the catwalks over the past two weeks, first in New York and, over the past few days in London, too.

Making their presence felt in a far more subtle way than other standout trends (jumpsuits or harem pants, anyone?), with the odd cherry blossom print there, and a kimono-style sleeve here, the trend officially exploded yesterday on the catwalk at Basso & Brooke.

From the kamikaze prints and origami pleating to the stacked Geisha-style platform sandals and silk Obi belts, the whole show was a celebration of everything Oriental – and we adored every single outfit.

The inaugural Fashion Fringe winners, Basso & Brooke can always be relied upon for a great show, as can East London darling Henry Holland who once again roped in BFF Agness Deyn to open his show.

Inspired by Beverly Hills 90210, the ‘Sex, Lies & Volleyball’ collection was a riot of polka dots, denim and colour.

For a more conventional take on new-season style, the fashion pack yesterday had Richard Nicholl‘s soft tailoring, Betty Jackson‘s ‘papaya’ orange dresses and trouser suits, and Jenny Packham’s bejewelled red carpet frocks to keep them happy.

The must-have ticket of the day, however, belonged to Naomi Campbell’s Fashion For Relief catwalk show, which took place at the British Fashion Council tents as dusk fell on London.

With seats going for £600 a pop and household names like Cheryl Cole and Cilla Black on the runway (yes, that’s not a typo, Cilla really did get up and show off her catwalking skills in a YSL jacket, top hat and black knickers, no less) it was a fitting end to another high octane day at London Fashion Week.


Report by Carla Bevan

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