London fashion shows draw inspiration from painting, sportswear

Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:54pm EST
 
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By Li-mei Hoang and Brenda Goh

LONDON (Reuters) - London's fashion designers looked to painting and sportswear for inspiration as leading fashion editors, models and celebrities flocked to the capital's biggest runway shows on Monday.

British heritage brand Burberry sent models down the runway in long flowing dresses and scarves, daubed with brushstroke designs of flowers, leaves and autumnal abstract prints in shades of cornflower blue, lemon yellow and blush pink.

The show, which featured a live performance from musicians Paloma Faith, Ed Harcourt and Rhodes, was attended by actors Bradley Cooper and Naomie Harris, as well as U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Harry Styles from boy band One Direction.

Designer Christopher Bailey said he drew inspiration from artists in London's Bloomsbury Group of the early 20th century, which included painters Duncan Grant and Roger Fry.

"What I wanted to do is try to capture that spirit in the collection - the colors, embroideries, the fabrics - but also through all the hand painting on all the bags and the coats and the shoes and the belts," Bailey, who is set to become the company's chief executive soon, told reporters backstage.

Burberry's signature trench coats featured hand-painted designs and were cinched neatly at the waist, paired with knitted pencil skirts in shades of ochre, burnt orange, and russet reds.

American designer Tom Ford dressed his models in velvet tunics, leather pencil skirts, brightly colored fur coats and sequined football jerseys embellished with his name.

Floor-skimming skirts, cropped jackets and knitted dresses also featured in Ford's collection in luxurious fabrics such as leopard fur, alligator leather and cashmere.   Continued...

 
A model presents a creation from the Tom Ford Autumn/Winter 2014 collection during London Fashion Week February 17, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: FASHION)