London Fashion Week closes after flurry of shows
LONDON (AP) - There were bursts of sunshine yellow, blooms evoking tropical gardens, and lots of pastel confections: As the rest of us unpack our warm coats and hunker down for the wintry season, the fashion elite are already looking ahead to the trends for the spring shown at London Fashion Week.
The five-day style event wound down on Tuesday after a whirlwind of next season's womenswear preview shows, from the commercially driven big fashion houses like Burberry Prorsum, Tom Ford and Paul Smith to young and emerging talents such as Peter Pilotto and Christopher Kane.
Although London is known for being the most eclectic and unpredictable of the fashion capitals, there were a few themes that emerged from the dozens of runways. Romance was in the air for many designers, with many catwalks awash in pretty pastels, petal appliques and floral prints and embellishments. All shades of pink were popular.
Temperley London went for the kind of classic old Hollywood glamour it relishes, with grand silk ball gowns and matching opera coats in shades of rose, powdery carnation pink, and rich fuchsias, while at Burberry feminine sheer lace pencil dresses in sugary pastels were worn with soft cashmere sweaters and coats for a sophisticated and sexy look. Preen chose to feature a bright neon pink, which appeared on plastic and rubberized dresses and raincoats.