Wednesday 13 December 2017

Racy fantasies on London catwalk

Julien McDonald at London Fashion Week
Julien McDonald at London Fashion Week

Bairbre Power fashion editor

Many of the outfits seemed to blur the line between evening wear and boudoir wear as Macdonald used sheer fabrics, cutaways and extreme minidresses to give his models an ethereal sensuality.

The first few models wore frilly, lacy outfits in cream and off-white colours. Next came a few bursts of colour, including a yellow dress that resembled a baby doll nightgown. Others came in dark blue ensembles.

Macdonald's daring display came on day three of London Fashion Week, which has so far been an upbeat affair marked by splashes of colour and originality. He seemed to please the crowd: there was raucous applause, with supermodel Elle Macpherson zipping backstage afterward to congratulate the designer.

On Saturday John Rocha's new 2011 fashion collection was unveiled with everything from couture-style, lightweight suits of tweed jackets and sexy, raw-edge shorts to sensational nude leather laced-up wedge boots.

Underwear as outerwear was big last season but Rocha takes it further and plays around with boning and the 'physiology' of corset and bra shapes, introducing them as panels in jackets.

Sculpted silhouettes included divinely feminine, long bias-cut dresses that skim the body, the elongating fluidity of the silk crepe de chine and georgette fabrics contrasting brilliantly with the angular lines of tone-on-tone backpacks that seemed to grow organically from the dresses.

Among the hierarchy at the Rocha show was the legendary Lynne Franks -- the inspiration for Patsy in 'Absolutely Fabulous' -- who was Rocha's first PR when he started out at LFW. She was among the front-row guests along with Ali Hewson and shoe king Jimmy Choo.

Irish Independent

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