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Rocha’s billowing black womenswear was among the most original of the lot, although the work may not find much purchase outside the Goth community. Black lace, black leather-looking sleeves, black veils and webbed tops were in evidence, as well as what looked like furry black leg-warmers. Cutaways and veils added a touch of sex to the show, but some creations _ like the Dublin-based designer’s big rumpled greenish dress _ looked as if their models had fallen into upscale supermarket sacks.

The super-short haircuts sported by Jasper Conran’s models matched the severity of their clothes. Take out a sparkle here and hike up a top there and the dresses could easily have been worn into an office. A very strict office at that.

Fortunately there was Aggugini, whose big pink cowboy hats and super-sheer tops brought smiles to the standing-room-only crowd.

London Fashion Week has a number of hotly anticipated shows in the coming days, with the lineup including Vivienne Westwood, Burberry, Christopher Kane, McQ and others.

The biannual bash features more than 100 shows. It’s expected to generate orders in the region of 100 million pounds ($160 million.)



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