Big fashion names appear in suddenly sunny London

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

LONDON (AP) — The rains and gale-force winds have subsided, at least for now, and that's good for preening and people-watching at London Fashion Week, which is drawing a fair share of A-listers and wannabes to its catwalk shows.

Some of Sunday's highlights and low moments follow:



London Fashion Week wouldn't be complete without an appearance by Britain's most famous model. Just don't expect Kate Moss to stop and shoot the breeze with every reporter, blogger, and person with a pen in town.

Moss stirred a brief commotion as she arrived as a front row guest at Topshop's runway show, causing everyone to put down their champagne and canapes and raise their smartphone cameras.

But Moss, who has long supported the brand, was as cool and unapproachable as ever. She chatted and laughed with Topshop boss Phillip Green and her friends, but ignored everyone's pleas for a quick word about the clothes, the weather, or anything at all.

All she would do is say — through a spokeswoman— that her khaki green boiler suit, worn with a vintage shaggy black jacket, came from Topshop.

And the model was happy to pose for pictures with her cousin, Lottie Moss. The teenager, who is starting out in modelling, sat with Kate, Green and American Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who has taken in several shows since fashion week started Friday morning.



The movie and TV star, who is part of the Redgrave acting dynasty, has a message for designers: Be nice.

She says she is drawn to Alice Temperley not only because of her designs — Richardson calls them "beautiful, romantic, ultra-feminine, sexy" — but because of the designer's unusually kind personality.

"The clothes are No. 1, but she's very family oriented, very kind and very, very inspired," Richardson said moments before Temperley's catwalk show started Sunday. "When you go into her shop, she has a few pieces that are just there for inspiration. I love that mentality. I'm just starting to wear some of her pieces, and when I work with someone, I really like it if they're nice as well."

She was wearing black toreador pants topped with a striking fuchsia jacket (by Temperley) and spent the minutes before the show chatting with model Yasmin Le Bon.

The show was an ambitious blend of monochromatic outfits, brightly colored ensembles, including many with semi-sheer tops and some with floral themes, and short dresses or tops set off with thigh-high leather boots. Every outfit had a finished, well-executed feel.

"I thought it was really beautiful," said socialite Peaches Geldof, who was wearing an elegant full-length sleeveless dress that revealed her tattoos. "I love all her stuff. It's so recognizable, so '20s influenced, very romantic."



The designers behind Preen have three words for their new collection: Hot sci-fi geek.

Annie Hall met Darth Vader on the label's catwalk, a showcase inspired by 1970s fashion and popular culture. There were Diane Keaton-inspired loose printed dresses and high-waisted, wide leg pants, but the designers took kooky cool to another level by taking inspiration from Star Wars fans and their parkas.

"We really wanted this geeky girl, a hot geek," said co-designer Justin Thornton backstage, as two Storm Troopers goofed around nearby.

The extreme winter climates this year helped inspire the many warm coats, furry hooded jackets and fluffy fur stoles, though Thornton said they have a minor movie character to thank for the trapper hats the models wore.

"That's from Annie's brother, the lunatic who drives the car in the dark," he said.


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