London Fashion Week rocks futuristic edge

Metallics, florals and futuristic edge rock London Fashion Week’s day four.

A model presents a creation from the 2013 spring/summer collection of British fashion designer Paul Smith at London Fashion Week in London on September 16, 2012. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Rainbow coloured metallic's, abstract prints and edgy florals sashayed down the runway on day four of London Fashion Week, which featured a star-studded line-up of designers from Peter Pilotto to Christopher Kane and Burberry's Christopher Bailey.

The day opened with Peter Pilotto, which saw its designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos take a step back from their usual colour palette, with a collection of monochrome pieces featuring boxy cropped jackets, revealing pencil skirts and ruffled peplum details.

"We never did black and white before, so it felt really fresh," de Vos told Reuters backstage after the show.

The design duo is famous for their use of digital print, which was used across the collection in an abstract and contrasting way.

"It's always print. Digital print is core of it, and it's just so great because you can just express so many things, so in different ways you can make all these different layers, it's just so limitless," he added.

Graphic prints and geometric shapes gave the clothes a modern feel, with square mirrors, beading and woven embroidery adding another layer of texture to the clothes. Day dresses featured lace cut-outs and cap-sleeves in cross bodice tops.

Cobalt blues, scarlet reds, and bright lilacs served to enhance the monochrome pieces at first, before flourishing into full bursts of colour on the catwalk intermixed with black and white effects.

Scottish designer Christopher Kane added a futuristic edge to his vision for spring/summer 2013, fusing nuts and bolts, bows and plastic ruffles.

The collection featured boxy white jackets, candy-coloured pleated dresses held together with nuts and bolts, and tailored dresses in white, canary yellow and muted neutral prints embellished with bows, detailed beading and masking tape.

The designer revamped his trademark bandage dress using plastic ruffles and nipped-in waists, added floaty skirts to draped dresses and kept accessories minimal, with models wearing matching shoes in neutral shades, detailed with spikes, spirals, nuts and bolts.

"It's such extraordinary sophistication combined with absolute creative brilliance, it's so out of the box the way he is thinking, and it was just incredible, and I think that's increasingly what London is becoming known for," Lucy Yeoman's, editor-in-chief of fashion retail site Net-A-Porter.com, told Reuters after the show.