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Ashish brings urban bling to London Fashion Week

Ashish brings urban bling to London Fashion Week

LONDON (AP) Is wearing head to toe sequins OK for a trip to the grocery store? Absolutely, if you are a model on Ashish’s catwalk.

Delhi born designer Ashish Gupta is known for mixing sequins with sportswear, and his new spring collection shown Saturday at London Fashion Week delivers both with aplomb. Models including a couple of male ones wore torn jeans, hoodies, racer back vests, denim jackets, animal prints and colorful stripes, all totally covered in sequins. Mismatched colorful socks and punk hair complete the look.

The clothes are pretty out there, but it’s the humorous accessories that got everyone talking. Models carried a sequined version of plastic grocery carrier bags, the kind you get when you go to a no name corner store. For effect, the bags were bulging with a pineapple or bananas poking out.

As if that’s not enough, Ashish also sprinkled the Coco Cola logo (sequined of course) throughout and got models to wear huge metal tribal crowns and heavy necklaces. To close, two models, one male and one female, came out wearing the crowns and a sheer net outfit, holding hands.

Wellies maker Hunter makes a splash at debut London Fashion Week show

Wellies maker Hunter makes a splash at debut London Fashion Week show

LONDON Watch out: The humble rubber rain boot has arrived with a big splash at the London fashion scene.

Hunter, best known for those sturdy, no nonsense wellies seen on trendy young attendees of music festivals like Glastonbury, debuted its clothing range in a cavernous basement space set up to look like a dark forest, complete with a watery runway and realistic looking birch trees.

Models both male and female splashed down the catwalk in colorful raincoats and capes, shorts, belted trench coats and puffy winter jackets. Everyone, of course, sported Hunter boots that came in a range of colours and styles, including a heeled ankle length version.

Not all the looks were outdoorsy, though. Some of the models wore the boots with bare legs, miniskirts and a dainty clutch bag. It all fit very well into the current trend for sporty chic.

Hunter had drummed up considerable publicity for the event, and its front row VIPs included Vogue editor Anna Wintour, singer Jessie J, as well as designer Stella McCartney, who had previously shown her own collection of sportswear at London Fashion Week. McCartney’s husband, Alasdhair Willis, was creative director of the Hunter show.

The brand is the latest to join other British labels, most notably Burberry, in playing on their traditional heritage and combining that with trendy design. Like Burberry, Hunter has a venerable history: The boots were first made in 1856, worn in flooded trenches during WWI, and supplied to Britain’s royalty.

Just to make sure it leaves an impression on guests, the show closed with a little magic performance and a shower of playing cards. It was a cool touch, and entertaining to boot.

furry tails at London Fashion Week

furry tails at London Fashion Week

LONDON (AP) In a very elegant hotel, in a make believe forest, English luxury brand Mulberry got the fourth day of London’s Fashion Week off to storybook start with a show that was made from a dream.

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The company’s creative director, Emma Hill, echoed the fairy tale setting of Roald Dahl’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” at London’s Claridges Hotel Sunday, setting the scene for her Autumn Winter 2011 collection by making her fantasy come to life.

“I was obsessed by the story as a child,” Hill told The Associated Press. “I was so impressed by the Englishness of it all.”

Featuring duffel jackets thrown over long skirts, Hill married an image of carefree but elegant the moment where a woman tosses her coat over a maxi dress and slips off into the night.

The fantasy forest mood was carried over with impressive detail for those attending, from cupcakes decorated to look like toadstools to the benches that seemed hewn from deep brown logs.

And what’s a forest without a few animals? Dogs with little Mulberry jackets dotted the benches. Sitting in the front row was Guinness, a 3 year old Burnese mountain dog, who had his own Mulberry bag hanging around his neck. (Mulberry doesn’t yet make a jacket in his size, but at least his bag was full of doggie biscuits.)

“I think he got distracted by the Terrier,” said his owner, lawyer Fiona McNulty, who added that the maxi dresses also kept blowing into his nose.

But as might be expected for a company whose heritage is the handbag, the show focused heavily on arm candy the carefully crafted bags found dangling from the arms of celebrities such as Alexa Chung, who even has one named after her.

Some of the classic designs, such as spring’s best selling “Tillie” was shown in deeper autumn hues, with its classic toggles echoed in the coat that made its way down the runway.

The show featured deep blues and violets, combined with classic camels and browns. An electric green was also tossed in now and again. With much of the world soon to focus on Britain because of the upcoming royal wedding, Hill said it was a good time to focus on roots. “We’re having a bit of an English fest.”

Unique by Topshop, the designer line of the popular high street retailer, also featured animals with a whimsical collection of cartoonish, canine themed clothes.

The theme was 1930s high society glamor mixed with “101 Dalmatians” as models sported high poodle buns, tinsel minidresses, and lashings of fur both faux, and in brushed mohair and sheepskin.

A bulky, furry white coat with black Dalmatian spots opened the show to a soundtrack of barks, and thereafter the same print was everywhere on platform ankle boots, bomber jackets, collar trims and clutchbags. Greyhounds and whippets made an appearance too as miniature prints on blouses and shoes.

Oversized marabou arms in camel or black added fun to all in one jumpsuits and a crushed velvet dress, and the look was finished with bold art deco style jewelry.

Fashion’s best known editor, Vogue’s Anna Wintour attended the show, though it’s a mystery what she thought of it she dashed to the exit through a back door before journalists could reach her.

Big, fluffy fur coats appeared again as the star of the show at Matthew Williamson, though here they came embellished with rows of metallic trims and came in more subdued tones of greys and browns.

Sequins, buttery quilted leather and feather hems add glamor and glitz. One particularly eye catching hooded coat was covered entirely in sequins of gradated blue tones, set off by a dark fur lining.

Tropical colors of coral and lime a continuation from Williamson’s spring collection were used in satiny cigarette pants and blouses, adding delicious pops of color to an palette of black, greys and lipstick red.

Bitish Afghan designer Osman Yousefzada offered bold colors and loose fitting designs at his show at London’s Somerset House. In contrast to his collection of muted gray and black designs last year, Yousefzada experimented with sharp, solid colors and playful stripes.

One standout shawl showed hints of a bright orange on the inside of the garment, while other designs could be unzipped and adjusted for length like his many cream colored dresses and bell skirts.