A wintry wonderland wraps up London Fashion Week

Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:05pm EST
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By Sarah Marsh

LONDON (Reuters) - A curtain of snow fell on London Fashion Week on Friday as top designer Julien Macdonald sent fur-clad models gliding through a wintry wonderland for the last show.

Snowflakes and glitter floated down from the ceiling of a ballroom at the London Hilton Hotel, where the audience viewed the Welsh designer's autumn-winter collection from seats draped in white cloth.

Macdonald, whose extensive use of fur has brought him plenty of criticism, sent models down the runway in black, brown and grey fur coats over short skirts or voluminous trousers.

Knitwear was also prominent, with models wearing thick knitted leggings and jumpers.

But the designer famous for putting pop stars into "barely there" dresses did not let the wintry weather theme get in the way of showing off glamorous evening gowns.

One smoky-eyed girl with a mane of platinum blonde hair wore a dress cloaked in gold and black feathers with black leather gloves and spiky heels.

"The Julien Macdonald woman is the woman who loves clothes, loves fashion, loves to go out, loves to be seen -- not a woman who hides in a corner but just a woman who really enjoys herself," the designer told reporters after the show, adding that the collection was partly inspired by Anjelica Huston.

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<p>Models display creations by Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2008 show at London Fashion Week February 15, 2008. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico</p>