Flair comes to town
IN A whirlwind five days of high fashion, high heels and high drama, London Fashion Week secured the city's position as one of the most exciting style capitals in the world.
Victoria Beckham jetted in to judge the International Woolmark Prize alongside Donatella Versace and Diane von Furstenberg; celebrity designer Tom Ford staged his womenswear catwalk for the first time in London, and Rihanna created a buzz with her debut fashion collection for River Island.
Take your front row seat for a whistlestop tour of the catwalk action!
THE FASHION POOCH
Well-groomed with a unique runway walk – on four legs – Max the model poodle made a waggy-tailed turn on Mulberry's catwalk (photo 1). Delighting catwalk guests, including brand ambassadors Lana del Ray and Alexa Chung, Max made two appearances trotting out in a heritage check coat and fetching yellow butterfly print that co-ordinated with the model's trousers.
A 3pm afternoon show didn't stop Julien Macdonald putting on a razzle-dazzle 'em fashion fanfare, watched by girl band The Saturdays. After a one-year hiatus from the Fashion Week calendar, the designer came back with a bang to showcase his 'Viva Las Vegas' collection (photo 3).
It was a belated Valentine's special from Burberry Prorsum with the heartfelt 'Trench Kisses' collection (photo 4). Heart motifs made their cheeky entrance in the form of big panties peeking from sheer latex coats and skirts, before appearing again printed on the brand's trademark trenches.
There are some trends that never date: monochrome, animal print and girly pink. Moschino Cheap & Chic took all three themes and reinvented them with a modern, punky twist (photo 2).
Christopher Kane experienced a brainwave for his extensive 60-look collection, exploring not one theme but several (photo 5). The show began with tough coloured camouflage and finished with glam multicoloured beaded panelling. In between, Kane enthralled with cut-out gothic velvet, appliqued 3D blooms and feather-trim fancies.
Jasper Conran painted the catwalk red, quite literally, with a lacquered runway to showcase his eye-popping collection of brights (main photo). Sixties icon Mia Farrow may have been the muse for the silhouette but this was all about colour with the designer clashing together a fiery palette of hot pinks, reds, oranges and yellows.