Top trends, A-list models and high-wattage designers light up London Fashion Week
London Fashion Week moved up a notch yesterday with some seriously high profile names both on and off the catwalk.
Fashion favourite Luella kicked off proceedings with an unabashedly upbeat and colourful show that was all about psychedelic shades of violet, tangerine and hot pink, on high-waisted bell skirts and the designer’s signature prom dresses.
Lured back from New York, Alice Temperley followed with an art deco-inspired collection of asymmetric silk gowns and stunning accessories.
The fashion fabulousness didn’t stop there. At the Royal Academy of Arts, Jasper Conran indulged his naughty side with a whimsical collection of peek-a-boo sheer fabrics, ruffled knickers and Oriental-inspired prints
Next up, Julien Macdonald employed some serious star power for his spring/summer ’09 show, bringing in some of the world’s most recognisable models, including Jessica Stam, Lily Donaldson and Raquel Zimmerman. The new collection showed a change of direction for the Welsh designer, who replaced his love of sequins with a more pared down, sleek look.
Todd Lynn, at the Topshop venue, was all about the trousersuit, with skinny-fit bottoms and fabulous pleated jackets, some edged with feathers, others featuring leather panelling or glazed fabrics.
Jaeger London, meanwhile, showed a beautiful collection that looks set to adorn more than one marie claire wardrobe next season. We adored the paisley prints, colourful safari suits and sexy jumpsuits (having featured on nearly every catwalk so far this season, Jaeger’s are certainly the most sophisticated option should you wish to indulge).
Finally, Paul Smith rounded things off with a smouldering collection of harem pants (another huge trend for the coming season), military jackets and faded floral prints at Claridge’s.
Report by Carla Bevan and Lucy Hutchings