Bright prints and grunge look rock London Fashion

Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:02pm EST
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By Li-mei Hoang

LONDON (Reuters) - Vibrant Asian-inspired prints, chiffon dresses with appliquéd velvet and a revived grunge look hit the catwalks Monday as designers Peter Pilotto, Christopher Kane and Mark Fast offered up their autumn/winter 2012 collections at London Fashion Week.

Christopher Kane, whose runway was carpeted in plush violet and lit with two huge spotlights, showcased a mixture of leather jackets, animal print separates and chiffon dresses with velvet detailing.

Dresses in bright red, violet, dark blue flowed down the runway on models with gel-slick hair, wearing minimal make-up and chunky black heels.

Model and TV presenter Alexa Chung, a British Fashion Council Young Ambassador, attended the show alongside U.S. Vogue Editor Anna Wintour and Samantha Cameron, the wife of Britain's Prime Minister.

"I love everything about Christopher Kane. I like that he has a quite dark side, that he likes to explore, always produces very wearable, beautiful clothes," Chung told Reuters.

Pilotto and partner Christopher De Vos offered up a collection of figure-hugging dresses with Asian-inspired prints, sexy cut-out details and multi-colored furry scarves.

Sleek stretched dresses featuring mesh panels, cut out bodices and yellow, blue and green prints set on a black background also featured in the collection.

"We find it very exciting to unite the future and the past in this way," Pilotto said.   Continued...

Girls' Generation singers (L - R) Seohyun, Yoona and Tiffany arrive at the Burberry 2012 Autumn/Winter womenswear collection show during London Fashion Week in London February 20, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris