Henry VIII hotpants star at Betty Jackson show

Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:27pm EST
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By Sarah Marsh

LONDON (Reuters) - Hotpants featuring England's King Henry VIII, he of six wives' fame, showed on Tuesday that veteran fashion designer Betty Jackson can still startle as much as any of the new names in London design.

Jackson, who has been showing at London Fashion Week for 25 years, proved she was not to be outdone in flamboyance or idiosyncrasy by acclaimed new designers such as Marios Schwab and Christopher Kane.

Jackson's catwalk was strewn with brightly patterned rugs, in contrast to the minimalist decor of other shows, and colors were vibrant and clashing.

"We wanted unconventional colors, so... the palette was quite broad and odd colors together," Jackson told reporters.

A ribbed mustard polo neck was worn under a satin black dress, while transparent orange and pink sleeves sprouted from the shoulders of blue, knitted cardigans.

Sequins were everywhere, hand-sewn onto tights, headbands, shoes and bodices, and adorning models' cheekbones.

Twenty-five year old Krystof Strozyna was also bold in his choice of colors for his first show at London Fashion Week.

The Polish-born newcomer sent models down the runway in fluorescent pink dresses, raspberry high heels and oversized jewelry. Stiff cottons were used to create structured frocks and jackets with over-sized collars and wide sleeves.   Continued...

<p>A model displays a creation by Betty Jackson during her Autumn/Winter 2008 show at London Fashion Week February 12, 2008. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico</p>