Metallics, florals and futuristic edge rock London fashion

Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:07pm EDT
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By Li-mei Hoang and Piya Sinha-Roy

LONDON (Reuters) - Rainbow colored metallics, abstract prints and edgy florals sashayed down the runway on day four of London Fashion Week, which featured a star-studded line-up of designers from Peter Pilotto to Christopher Kane and Burberry's Christopher Bailey.

The day opened with Peter Pilotto, which saw its designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos take a step back from their usual color palette, with a collection of monochrome pieces featuring boxy cropped jackets, revealing pencil skirts and ruffled peplum details.

"We never did black and white before, so it felt really fresh," de Vos told Reuters backstage after the show.

The design duo is famous for their use of digital print, which was used across the collection in an abstract and contrasting way.

"It's always print. Digital print is core of it, and it's just so great because you can just express so many things, so in different ways you can make all these different layers, it's just so limitless," he added.

Graphic prints and geometric shapes gave the clothes a modern feel, with square mirrors, beading and woven embroidery adding another layer of texture to the clothes. Day dresses featured lace cut-outs and cap-sleeves in cross bodice tops.

Cobalt blues, scarlet reds, and bright lilacs served to enhance the monochrome pieces at first, before flourishing into full bursts of color on the catwalk intermixed with black and white effects.

Scottish designer Christopher Kane added a futuristic edge to his vision for spring/summer 2013, fusing nuts and bolts, bows and plastic ruffles.   Continued...

Models present creations from the Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2013 collection at London Fashion Week September 17, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett