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London Fashion Week - Day 1: 11 February 2007

London Fashion Week Diary:
By LondonNet's Fashion Reporter Jill Hilbrenner

London Fashion Week homepage

Day 1: Sunday, 11 February 2007Day 1: Sunday, 11 February 2007
Paul Costelloe, Caroline Charles, Ben de Lisi
Day 2: Monday, 12 February 2007Day 2: Monday, 12 February 2007
Noir, Peter Jensen, Duro Olowu, Fashion East, John Rocha, Richard Nicoll, Erdem, Manish Arora, Todd Lynn
Day 3: Tuesday, 13 February 2007Day 3: Tuesday, 13 February 2007
Allegra Hicks, Paul Smith Women, PPQ, Christopher Kane, Gharani Strok, Sinha-Stanic, Ann-Sofie Back, Amanda Wakely, Marios Schwab, Julien MacDonald
Day 4: Wednesday, 14 February 2007Day 4: Wednesday, 14 February 2007
Roksanda Ilincic, Preen, Jasper Conran, Hamish Morrow, Aquascutum, Basso & Brooke, Biba, Jonathan Saunders, Eley Kishimoto
Day 5: Thursday, 15 February 2007Day 5: Thursday, 15 February 2007
Ashley Isham, Nicole Farhi, Margaret Howell, Betty Jackson, Antoni & Alison, Gardem, Gareth Pugh, Nathan Jenden, Giles
Day 6: Friday, 16 February 2007Day 6: Friday, 16 February 2007
Central Saint Martins MA, Jens Laugesen, Asprey, Unconditional, Ashish, Bora Aksu, Gavin Douglas, MAN, Marc by Marc Jacobs

See Also:
Face of Fashion at The National Portrait Gallery

London Fashion Week - Day 1: 11 February 2007

Model Naomi Campbell walks the runway during the Montblanc 'Night Of The Stars' Gala on February 2, 2007 in Chamonix, France. (Photo by Francois Durand for Montblanc/Image.Net).The Natural History Museum will have an extra touch of style all this week, with 48 London Fashion Week designers putting on catwalk shows by Friday. To find out more about what's happening on the runway, what the latest trends will be, and who's been spotted sitting front row, visit LondonNet for daily recaps from the big event.

Sunday, 11 February: Time to Get Started Dublin-born designer Paul Costelloe kicked off Fashion Week this morning, presenting the first of today's three runway shows in the British Fashion Council tent outside the museum. Along with Costelloe, Caroline Charles and Ben de Lisi showed their upcoming autumn/winter collections.

From today's shows, one overarching colour trend became clear: black and gold. Designers focused on metallics, which we've seen for several fashion cycles, whether it was in the form of gold-beaded tops and jackets at Caroline Charles or a floor-length strapless gown at Ben de Lisi. Go for something shiny when buying your clothes this fall.

Model Dita Von Teese attends the Montblanc 'Night Of The Stars' Gala on February 2, 2007 in Chamonix, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Image Net). 2007 Getty ImagesThe new trend was already on show at The Montblanc 'Night Of The Stars' Gala (2 February 2007) where actress Chiaki Kuriyama and models Naomi Campbell and Dita Von Teese wore metalic dresses.

Ben De Lisi wins today's showstopper award. The designer, whose clients include Kate Winslet and Anjelica Huston, themed his show "Decadence," and he gave the audience everything he promised. He worked mainly with a rich colour palate of golds, purples and black, and his silhouettes were fresh but body-conscious. (Translation: Nothing looked like a sack, as can sometimes happen when designers try to play around with volume.) His best creation? A sandy-coloured full-length strapless gown that hugged the body just enough before cascading down into beautiful drapes of fabric. A-list actresses, reserve your copy now for awards season.

Actress Chiaki Kuriyama arrives to attend the Montblanc 'Night Of The Stars' Gala on February 2, 2007 in Chamonix, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Image Net). 2007 Getty ImagesSpeaking of celebrities, London Fashion Week is expected to draw big names including Kate Moss, Madonna, American Vogue editor Anna Wintour--she hasn't shown up for the past several years--and Mariah Carey. If you happen to be in the Cromwell Road area this week, keep your eyes peeled for familiar faces.

Nine designers will present their collections tomorrow, including new designer Duro Olowu, Richard Nicoll, who works with Kylie Sophia Coppola, and Todd Lynn, a designer for Bono and Mick Jagger who only presented his first ready-to-wear collection last season. Check back tomorrow for more details.

- Jill Hilbrenner



Catwalk Pictures

The first three designs are by Ben De Lisi and the last two by Caroline Charles

Some of the creations on show on the first day of The London Fashion Week. First three designs are by Ben De Lisi and the last two by Caroline Charles. Copyright LondonNet Limited

London Fashion Week Diary:
London Fashion Week homepage
Day 1: Sunday, 11 February 2007
Day 2: Monday, 12 February 2007
Day 3: Tuesday, 13 February 2007
Day 4: Wednesday, 14 February 2007
Day 5: Thursday, 15 February 2007
Day 6: Friday, 16 February 2007

See Also:
Face of Fashion at The National Portrait Gallery