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London Fashion Week - Day 5 - 15 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 5: Tuesday, 15 February 2007

A model wears one of Ashley Isham's creations. Copyright LondonNet LimitedIt's not even time for Marc Jacobs mania this Fashion Week (the city has to wait until tomorrow night for that), but today's runway show venues were packed with all the popular people even more so than earlier in the week.

The Gareth Pugh show this afternoon at the Natural History Museum is a perfect example. Since Pugh graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2003, he's gained quite the following with actresses, fashion editors and the otherwise powerful and famous. His front row today was packed with familiar faces, like Italian Vogue editor/eccentric style icon Anna Piaggi and 10 Years Younger host Nicky Hambleton-Jones, to name a few.

A model wears one of Ashley Isham's creations. Copyright LondonNet LimitedEven the build up to Pugh's show was a spectacle. After guests were made to wait well over an hour, the impatience was palpable, but the photographers stationed at the end of the runway chose to voice their irritation through choreographed jeers and angry chants.

When the models finally took to the runway, audience members were given the same futuristic, PVC-infused fashions that can be expected at a Gareth Pugh show. Models sported asymmetrical, angularly-cut hair and gleaming black rubber face masks, which may have proven too much for one model, who veered off the runway and appeared to either momentarily lose her sense of direction or her consciousness.

A model wears one of Gareth Pugh's creations. Copyright LondonNet LimitedBut all the same, Pugh impressed his audience this year, this season mixing more wearable belted knee-length black coats in with his typical more shocking attire. There were still some oddities that would never grace most city streets--like a modish long-sleeved dress with alternating black and clear stripes--but some of Pugh's collection has definite selling potential.

Marks & Spencer CEO Stuart Rose watched the first show of the day, Ashley Isham, and although his facial expressions indicated he didn't like what he saw, his disdain was unwarranted. The Singapore-born Isham has experience dressing British and foreign Royals, and the line he showed today looked fit for any fashion queen.

A model wears one of Gareth Pugh's creations. Copyright LondonNet LimitedIn colours of gun metal, emerald green, hot pink and gold, his designs were impeccably flattering. Isham wisely used accent ribbons to cinch his dresses at the natural waist, allowing the bottoms of his silky smooth frocks to gracefully cascade over the hips. He also repeatedly relied on elegant draping, with criss-crosses of fabric gingerly skimming his models' backs. Sorry, Stuart. Isham was a hit.

While it seems as though it just began, London Fashion Week is nearly over. The designer exhibition rooms, which showcased clothing and accessory lines for media and buyers, closed today, and just one day of runway shows remain. Up tomorrow are Asprey, Jens Laugesen, Ashish (who designed Madonna's purple sequined outfit for her Hung Up performance on the Confessions Tour) and six other shows.

The final show of the night will be Marc by Marc Jacobs, but if you aren't one of the lucky few to have a ticket, you can have the next best thing with a trip to his new store in Mayfair, which opens tomorrow.

- Jill Hilbrenner

More Catwalk Pictures

More pictures from the Ashley Isham Catwalk

Ashley Isham's creations. Copyright LondonNet Limited

More pictures from the Gareth Pugh Catwalk

Gareth Pugh's creations. 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