Bright col­ors, neons light up run­ways at Lon­don Fash­ion Week

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - LIVING - By Sylvia Hui

LON­DON » Win­ter coats with san­dals? Furry bags with long satin gowns? Any­thing goes as the fash­ion pack de­scends on Lon­don to take in the lat­est run­way shows, where bright col­ors, clash­ing neons, a ‘70s vibe and sports-chic vied for at­ten­tion. Vet­eran de­signer Jasper Con­ran, model-turned­de­signer Alexa Chung and House of Hol­land were among those show­cas­ing their spring and sum­mer de­signs at Day 2 of Lon­don Fash­ion Week on Satur­day.

A look at some high­lights:

JASPER CON­RAN

Con­ran, one of the found­ing de­sign­ers of Lon­don Fash­ion Week, chose the Royal Acad­emy of Arts as his show venue and fit­tingly of­fered up a col­lec­tion of bold, sat­u­rated col­ors — and a sur­pris­ing dose of women’s rights ac­tivism.

There were mono­chrome striped dresses, graphic prints, beau­ti­fully tai­lored bias-cut dresses and sporty out­fits, all in clash­ing hues taken straight from the artist’s paint box: pea green, tan­ger­ine, but­ter yel­low and fire en­gine red. Some out­fits even fea­tured paint splat­ters.

Some mod­els wore the same bold shade from head to toe. One sported a bright pink jump­suit, paired with for­est green hair. Clas­sic, el­e­gant shapes en­sured the over­all look was taste­ful, not gar­ish.

Shar­ing the cat­walk was a T-shirt dress with large, ab­stracted let­ters read­ing “Equal­ity not Mi­nor­ity.” In his show notes, Con­ran cited sober­ing statis­tics about women’s pay and ref­er­enced the #MeToo move­ment, writ­ing: “As a young boy I re­mem­ber see­ing my mother work­ing hard lob­by­ing to gain rights for women . it is clear that the bat­tles fought for equal­ity are still far from over.”

Ac­tress Kristin Scott Thomas, who watched from the front row, said she loved the sim­plic­ity and so­phis­ti­cated tai­lor­ing.

“The col­ors al­ways amaze me. And that pink jump­suit has my name on it!” she said.

ALEXA CHUNG

Long a fash­ion week reg­u­lar, model and TV pre­sen­ter Alexa Chung made her de­but as a de­signer at Lon­don Fash­ion Week.

Known for her quirky fash­ion sense, with her pen­chant for boy­ish styling, school­girl col­lars and penny loafers, Chung of­fered a look-book for fans keen to repli­cate her style.

Play­ing on a theme of “ar­rivals and de­par­tures,” guests were first treated to a the­atri­cal show of mod­els com­ing and go­ing, halfglimpsed through open­ings in a wooden panel.

When the mod­els fi­nally emerged, they wore an ar­ray of lacy camisole slip dresses, capes ac­ces­sorized with head­scarves and dresses with post­card prints. There was some­thing for ev­ery­one, from a sexy se­quined party dress to an egg-blue PVC rain­coat to dorky-cool cream dun­ga­rees and boiler suits.

Some of the sil­hou­ettes had a dis­tinctly ‘70s vibe. A cream, dou­ble-breasted suit fea­tured high-waisted, slightly boot­cut trousers. Brown suede coats and sep­a­rates also re­called styles from that era.

HOUSE OF HOL­LAND

Slo­gan T-shirts, loud clash­ing prints, ex­ag­ger­ated shapes: De­signer Henry Hol­land isn’t known to shy away from over-thetop de­signs, and this season is no dif­fer­ent. There’s neon — lots of it — as well as large lo­gos, body-hug­ging lurex, sports­wear, snake­skin, plus slinky crys­tal-en­crusted dresses.

Ti­tled “Pull in Emer­gency,” the show is themed around hec­tic city life, and Hol­land said the neon pops of color are meant to con­vey a sense of “panic and ur­gency.”

Vi­o­lently clash­ing col­ors — bright blue and yel­low, purple and orange — de­mand im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion, and sheer lurex tops are em­bla­zoned with large lo­gos or a slo­gan read­ing “Out of Or­der.” There’s hu­mor, too. The first out­fit says it all: A neon orange dou­ble-breasted blazer with match­ing shorts, worn with clumpy neon san­dals and a sporty body har­ness hold­ing a high­lighter pen.

Model Winnie Har­low sported a baggy neon track­suit with a match­ing sports bra. Other more wear­able pieces in­clude vo­lu­mi­nous hooded tops, printed sports leg­gings, and purple snake­skin print shirts that can be toned down with jeans. Iri­des­cent silk party dresses en­crusted with tens of thou­sands of col­or­ful Swarovski crys­tals bal­ance off the tough, ur­ban cool vibe with a fem­i­nine touch.

PHOTO BY GRANT POLLARD — INVISION — AP

A model wears a cre­ation by de­signer Jasper Con­ran dur­ing the Spring/Sum­mer 2019 run­way show at Lon­don Fash­ion Week in Lon­don, Satur­day.

PHOTO BY GRANT POLLARD — INVISION — AP

A model wears a cre­ation by de­signer Jasper Con­ran dur­ing the Spring/Sum­mer 2019 run­way show at Lon­don Fash­ion Week in Lon­don, Satur­day.

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