UK: LONDON FASHION WEEK

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(21 Feb 1999) English/Nat

London Fashion Week has opened with the some of more than 40 British designers taking part showing their collections.

It is too soon to tell the overall mood of the autumn/winter 2000 collection but designers so far have looked towards mixing more traditional fabrics with a modern twist.

British television personalities Johnny Vaughan and Kelly Brock opened the Red or Dead show.

The spirit of the collection was young and fun.

Gypsy fabrics, tailored trenchwear and textural tweeds were combined in a street funk style featuring a lot of black with contrasting touches of bright colours.

The choice of models was also eclectic and included larger sizes as conveyed by the “unique” appearance of Tiny, the lead singer of rock band Ultrasound.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“We’re obviously approaching a very important time, it’s the end of the nineties. The nineties have been a very boring decade I think in terms of fashion. We wanted to kind of look at the best things from the past thousand years and look towards the next thousand years and not just look totally futuristic”
SUPER CAPTION: Wayne Hemingway, Red or Dead designer

At the Elspeth Gibson show, the mood was feminine with a rock edge.

The overall look was clean and slick with models wearing very subdued makeup.

The outfits were feminine with rich colours and textures but also included more outrageous items such as a cow patterned skirt.

Gibson is renowned for her knitwear which she also mixes with evening lace fabrics.

As designers try to capture the spirit of the new millennium, they are finding inspiration from traditional fabrics and textures while keeping an eye out for futuristic tendencies.

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