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Bailey out, balloons on top: London Fashion Week wraps up


LONDON — Christophe­r Bailey’s goodbye as the head of Burberry, Christophe­r Kane’s prints of women having orgasms and flamboyant balloon headdresse­s were among the highlights of London Fashion Week, which wrapped up on Tuesday last week.


Burberry embarks on a new chapter in its history following Bailey’s final catwalk for the quintessen­tial British brand. The 46-year-old, who helped boost the historic company’s fortunes, is leaving at the end of the year.

He presented a very personal collection — a homage to the LGBT community with designs inspired by the internatio­nally recognized gay pride flag.

The favorites to succeed him are Phoebe Philo, who was at Celine, and Kim Jones, formerly at Louis Vuitton, according to trade publicatio­ns.


Shirts in the collection of J.W. Anderson, Jonathan Anderson’s label, were adorned with paisley motifs.

Paisley was also a feature for Mary Katrantzou, covering coats and pink-and-gold trousers.

Margaret Howell also carried the pattern on vintage- style robes flowing down to the knee, worn with black socks and town shoes.

Other motifs included still- life flowers for Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, abstract and minimalist figures for Roksanda and stamps for Temperley London.


Pink triumphed on London’s catwalks.

The color of the season, peachcolor­ed “Millennial pink,” was on show in the collection­s of J.W. Anderson, Emilia Wickstead and Molly Goddard.

At Nicopanda’s show, the pink was more candy-like and used for racy miniskirts. Roksanda and Jasper Conran opted for a yellow theme — vibrant in the former and with more of an ochre hue in the latter.


The women of Fashion Week were independen­t and wilfull, proud of their femininity and sensuality... and sometimes super-sexy. Christophe­r Kane stole the show with a femme fatale little red dress — ultra-short and transparen­t. The Scottish designer also used prints depicting women having orgasms from the 1972 best-seller The Joy of Sex.

Frenchman Roland Mouret showed off a range of colorful lingerie and there were plenty of see- throughs and subtle sensuality in the designs of Supriya Lele, Charlotte Knowles, and Mulberry.


Donut keyrings were spotted at J.W. Anderson, who also had pompom like rabbit ears sticking out of jumpers.

Britain’s Matty Bovan, who was making his fashion week debut, had a particular­ly eye- catching headdress design composed of red, gold, silver or tiger-skin balloons.

Gothic- punk Turkish designer D i - lara Findikoglu adorned her belts with antique objects includ- ing mini-statues and black-andwhite photos.

Less fun but more provocativ­e was a creation by Gareth Pugh, a mask made entirely of constructi­on nails.


Edwin Mohney, a young New York designer and graduate of L o n d o n ’s Central Saint Martins school, showed off a giant pink dress in the form of a pink condom entirely covering the top half of the model’s body. He is also the man behind “Trumpettos” — stiletto shoes covered in masks of US President Donald Trump. —

 ??  ?? MATTY BOVAN’s balloon headdress
MATTY BOVAN’s balloon headdress
 ??  ?? THREE trends in one outfit by design house Nicopanda: sexy, pink, and unusual accessorie­s.
THREE trends in one outfit by design house Nicopanda: sexy, pink, and unusual accessorie­s.
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