London shows sexy and colorful styles for spring

Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:39pm EDT
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By Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Designers opted for the sexy and colorful for next spring's womenswear at London Fashion Week, but stuck to a timeless style to appeal to budget-conscious buyers picky about adding to their wardrobe.

Short dresses and high heels featured prominently on the catwalk at many spring/summer 2011 shows, with Julien Macdonald injecting doses of glamour by looking to the boudoir.

His models wore pastel-colored and flower-printed short frilly dresses, at times transparent, as well as long gowns with trains in lace and silk in bursts of color. A puff of perfume minutes before the show added to the bedroom feel.

"I decided to take these English girls to Hollywood and I made them very ultra glamorous and ultra sexy," he said.

Hong Kong-born John Rocha took last season's trend of underwear as outerwear one step further, playing with corsets and bras, sometimes put in as panels in jackets.

His collection was full of long fluid dresses, accessorized with backpacks and leather lace-up wedge boots.

"I just feel that at this moment in time, for me it's all about texture. I try to make women look as beautiful as possible," Rocha told Reuters.

"There's enough sadness in the world, there's enough drama."   Continued...

<p>A model and a dog present creations from the Mulberry 2011 Spring/Summer collection at London Fashion Week September 19, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett</p>