Conran charms London fashion with bright tights

Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:03pm EST
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By Sarah Marsh

LONDON (Reuters) - British designer Jasper Conran sent models sashaying down the catwalk on Monday in sculpted dresses set off with bright emerald, clementine and pink carnation tights.

Cashmere and silk frocks with framed necklines, defined waists and rounded hips were the focus of Conran's womenswear show on the second day of London Fashion Week.

Accessories were kept to a minimum, with short leather gloves and flat ballerinas.

"There has been a lot of embroideries and florals and I wanted to do something much more three dimensional, about silhouette, shape and form," Conran told reporters after the show at the Royal Academy of Arts.

The designer, who won the British Fashion Council's Designer of the Year award in 1986, is one of Britain's most commercially successful and also designs clothes and homeware for British department store group Debenhams.

"Cut and shape and tailoring that's what I do, what I love, and essentially this collection is the sum total of what I'm about," he said.

The audience at the autumn-winter show included British model Erin O' Connor.

"Did you see those padded hips? He really likes to emphasize the female silhouette," O'Connor told Reuters.   Continued...