Flights of fancy at Day 2 of London Fashion Week

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MOSCHINO CHEAP & CHIC

Conran wasn’t the only one who got the fun retro vibe: At Moschino Cheap and Chic there were low-slung flare trousers, flirty party dresses and a riot of bold colors.

Saturday night’s show, which came complete with a live band and disco lights, featured party pieces like a candy-colored bomber jacket, an orange pant suit with jeweled lapels, and a mint pleated skirt with oversized flower sequins.

Lime, which is emerging as a popular spring color, was paired with magenta, burgundy, and orange. A standout print of blue and lime pineapples was seen on hot shorts, crop tops and capri pants, and many in the fashion crowd were left lusting after the playful pineapple handbags.

Cheap and Chic is the Italian label’s diffusion line. Moschino’s main line shows at Milan Fashion Week.

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KINDER AGGUGINI

Former Versace designer Kinder Aggugini began the day with a show inspired by fishermen and the freedom of being at sea. His spring collection was themed around the traditional naval palette - blue, red and white - but he washed out the colors for a faded, carefree look to fit his “gone fishing” theme.

Gingham and prints of island life added girlish charm to the relaxed shapes, which included pieces like pinafores, low-slung shorts and men’s style shirts. Hand-painted clogs pulled the looks together.

Aggugini cleverly sneaked in the ocean theme in several standout pieces: A navy blazer had a white-dyed hem to imitate the sea’s waves, and a black velvet gown had a design of octopus tentacles that reached to the floor.

“It was all very fresh and sweet, very well made, very cute. It all worked,” said Hilary Alexander, a veteran British fashion editor who attended the show at London Fashion Week.

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HUISHAN ZHANG

Newcomer Huishan Zhang delivered a sophisticated debut collection Saturday that impressed the crowd with his fresh take on traditional Chinese motifs.

The tailored Chinese silk dress, the cheongsam, was updated with detachable, crystal-embellished collars, subtle prints and a refreshing palette of mint, sage, sea green and violets.

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