Feminine meets futuristic at start of London Fashion Week

Sun Sep 14, 2008 4:10pm EDT
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By Golnar Motevalli

LONDON, Sept 14 (Reuters Life!) - London Fashion Week began on Sunday with a feminine flurry from some established British labels and a tongue-in-cheek take on the spring/summer 2009 season from some of the newer names.

The event has a reputation for championing cutting edge design and promoting young talent, such as Christopher Kane, Henry Holland and Giles Deacon, all of whom will show this week.

PPQ, headed by Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker who list the letter "P" as among their inspirations, combined a space-age collection including jumpsuits with a humorous take on 1940s-style hats.

Designs reminiscent of an air stewardess' uniform with belted waists played alongside quirky oversized t-shirts worn as dresses and huge gold earrings in the shape of the letter "P".

British high street brand, Topshop unveiled its Unique collection - a high-end offshoot of the store's regular stock - and models wore large cloth Alice bands tied in bow ties, short sleeved jumpsuits and little black dresses.

Ossie Clarke made its second London Fashion Week appearance after a relaunch last season, and featured draping silk creations and large hand-painted patterns, marking a return to the label's 1970s heyday.

Named after the influential London designer who died in 1996, the collection, which is now led by designer Avsh Alom Gul, included georgette and organza silk in block colors described as "verdant green", "negligee nude" and "boudoir grey" and starred model-of-the-moment Jourdan Dunn.

In the next five days designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Julien Macdonald, Paul Smith, Luella Bartley and Giles Deacon will showcase their collections for next spring.   Continued...

<p>Models wear creations for Topshop's Unique collection during their spring/summer 2009 show at London Fashion Week September 14, 2008. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>