London Fashion Week opens with range of styles
LONDON- AP

Bye for now New York, hello London: Spring womenswear previews opened at London Fashion Week Friday, as fashion editors, buyers and models fresh off the plane from the other side of the Atlantic kicked off a whirlwind series of catwalk shows in the British capital.

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It’s too early to pick up any themes for the new season, and London, perhaps more so than the other fashion capitals, always offers up a good mix of different styles. On Friday there were classic, elegant and commercially safe outfits as well as edgy tough-girl chic, monochrome as well as pastels, and tailoring side by side with loose, flowing shapes.

Turkish designer Bora Aksu, the first to show over the 5-day event, started things off on a bright, cheerful note with a collection of sweet, doll-like dresses and skirts in lemon yellows, blues and bright pinks.

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It looks like pink, now everywhere in shops for the autumn and winter season, could migrate to the next season. Later on in the day Jean-Pierre Braganza took the idea of girly innocence and gave it a tough, sexy twist, mixing up cotton-candy pinks with revealing styles and his signature asymmetrical hems.

Ladylike full skirts, too, seem to be here to stay for at least a while, as seen at Jasper Conran, who paired them with neat starched white collars, stripes or sheer organza overlays.

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London Fashion Week, which came hot on the heels of its sister event in New York, will feature 58 catwalk shows in all, including Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, Julien MacDonald and Stella McCartney. It will be followed next week by shows in Milan and Paris.

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