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London Fashion Week - Day 2 - 12 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

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Face of Fashion at The National Portrait Gallery

London Fashion Week - Day 2: 12 February 2007

Peter Jensen's creation. Copyright LondonNet LimitedToday marked the first full day of London Fashion Week runway shows, with nine designers showing their collections around the city.

Monday's earliest show was from Noir, designed by Peter Ingwersen. Inspired by 1930s Weimar Berlin, Ingwersen's "Decadence" collection featured rich-looking garments like chiffon blouses and fitted leather coats, but with a human rights twist. A portion of Noir proceeds pay for business and medicine loans for African cotton workers.

Other designers who showed today made use of a trend that has less to do with what goes on the body than what goes on top of it. At John Rocha's afternoon show in the British Fashion Council tent, many of the models strutting the catwalk wore hoods. The headwear came in shades of black and gray, which matched Rocha's sombre colour pallet for the next season.

Peter Jensen, presenting at the Topshop show space in Covent Gardens, used velvet wraps to hold his models' hair into tightly-wound beehives. One might look at his headwraps and see a modified version of the turban, which designers like Miuccia Prada and Marc Jacobs tried to push at this year's spring runway shows.

John Rocha's creation. Copyright LondonNet LimitedRocha put on an impressive show today, despite the fact that almost all of his looks were in solid black. He escaped monotony with his detailing. Rocha aimed for "masculine sensibility" in this collection, with some of his female models wearing structured jackets on top and tiered lace skirts on the bottom. Especially impressive were his menswear jackets, which included lace and crystal embellishment to add interest around the collar.

London Fashion Week is also getting plenty of attention outside any runway show venues. Despite the British Fashion Council's original decision to bypass specific regulations regarding model weight - the organisation instead encouraged designers to use models of a healthy weight who are at least 16 years old - BFC head Hilary Riva announced Monday that no size zero models (UK size four) would walk the runway.

Riva, who has received pressure over the gaunt frames of models used today, said most London models are a size eight on top and size 10 on bottom. However, Peter Luff, Tory MP and trade and industry select committee chair, said parliament may conduct a full-on investigation to explore the social responsibility of fashion's representation of female bodies.

But the show must go on, and it will tomorrow. Ten designers are scheduled for Tuesday, including fashion superstar Julien MacDonald, Gharani Strok--Scarlett Johansson and Angelina Jolie are fans--and Christopher Kane, Donatella Versace's pet. Kane's line for Topshop went on sale 9 February, but it'll be nice to see what new ideas he has in mind.

- Jill Hilbrenner

More Catwalk Pictures

First three designs are by Peter Jensen and the last two by John Rocha

Some of the creations on show on the second day of The London Fashion Week. First three designs are by Peter Jensen and the last two by John Rocha. 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