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London Fashion Week reeks of English eccentricity in design and color
ENGLISH ECCENTRICITY is alive and well-heeled at London Fashion Week, going maximalist in a ballet of color, print and design.
A circus of exuberant dresses, separates, suits, even jeans, has come to town, and it looks extremely exciting.
The new generation of designers?Louise Grey, Micheal van der Ham, Mary Katranzou, Julien McDonald, Peter Pilotto, Matthew Williamson and Christopher Kane?has conjured the animated colors of the Beatles film, ?Yellow Submarine,? the cut work of Peter Max, and the black-and-white static of Op Art for wearable outfits that will bring back the joy of dressing up next year.
The styles smack of ?70s glam rock when disco and sex were a nightly workout. From the UK that gave us hot pants, Zandra Rhodes and punk, the overall feeling was free-wheeling: Skirts were pleated like those of majorettes, dresses were big and blousey, everything precisely balanced with strict structure and studied proportion, but with a dose of carefree dishevel.
London fashion knows what to say, through its billowing volumes of chiffon printed with Pop Art patterns and panels of awning stripes, and gigantic gingham coupled with big frizzy hair light as cotton candy.
Makeup was light and natural. The new shoes were multicolored brogues at Paul Smith?s all-trouser collection, the shoulder bags fringed in suede at Dame Vivienne Westwood Red Label.
In fact, fringe was flying everywhere as silk tassels, shredded denim, perforated leather and ostrich feathers on high heels. It is the high noon hour of 3D digital prints championed by the late Scot designer Alexander McQueen, who was given a dramatic memorial service at St. Paul?s Cathedral with eulogies by Anna Wintour and Suzy Menkes and with fashion icons Sarah Jessica Parker, Daphne Guiness and Naomi Campbell in all-black raven feathers.
It is the outrageous genius of McQueen?s irreplaceable spirit that inspired British fashion designers to establish London as a premiere fashion capital where brave originality and Saville Row tailoring reign supreme.
Here are the best and the brightest trends from the wires, cut and pasted for 2011.