By SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — The rains and gale-force winds have subsided, at least for now, and that's good for preening and people-watching at London Fashion Week, which is drawing a fair share of A-listers and wannabes to its catwalk shows.
London was more glamorous than usual, even by usual fashion week standards, as the twice-yearly style event coincided with the award ceremony for BAFTA, or the British Academy for Film and Television Arts.
Some of Sunday's highlights and low moments follow:
CARA DELEVINGNE DESIGNS FOR MULBERRY
Mulberry didn't have a catwalk show this season, but that's probably OK. They have model of the moment Cara Delevingne.
The British luxury label enlisted Delevingne to design and model a range of handbags for them, and the mini collection, which can be worn as backpacks, on the shoulder air or handheld, was unveiled Sunday at London luxury hotel Claridge's.
Delevingne wore a simple white slip dress and went barefoot to model the bags (which she wore as backpacks), appearing on a swing in a ballroom transformed into a misty forest scene. She twirled and walked around for a bit, accompanied by two male models and a few dogs, and the whole show was over in less than five minutes.
It was a little underwhelming even given Delevingne's star power, but Mulberry got the publicity it wanted. The brand needs all the help it can get, after the recent departure of creative director Emma Hill and disappointing sales over Christmas.
- Sylvia Hui, http://www.Twitter.com/sylviahui
KATE WON'T TALK
London Fashion Week wouldn't be complete without an appearance by Britain's most famous model. Just don't expect Kate Moss to stop and shoot the breeze with every reporter, blogger, and person with a pen in town.
Moss stirred a brief commotion as she arrived as a front row guest at Topshop's runway show, causing everyone to put down their champagne and canapes and raise their smartphone cameras.
But Moss, who has long supported the brand, was as cool and unapproachable as ever. She chatted and laughed with Topshop boss Philip Green and her friends, but ignored everyone's pleas for a quick word about the clothes, the weather, or anything at all.
All she would do is say - through a spokeswoman- that her khaki green boiler suit, worn with a vintage shaggy black jacket, came from Topshop.
And the supermodel was happy to pose for pictures with her half-sister, Lottie Moss. The 16-year-old, who is just starting out in modelling, sat with Kate, Green and American Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who has taken in several shows since fashion week started Friday morning.
- Sylvia Hui
BUT JOELY RICHARDSON HAS PLENTY TO SAY
The movie and TV star, who is part of the Redgrave acting dynasty, has a message for designers: Be nice.
She says she is drawn to Alice Temperley not only because of her designs - Richardson calls them "beautiful, romantic, ultra-feminine, sexy" - but because of the designer's unusually kind personality.
"The clothes are No. 1, but she's very family oriented, very kind and very, very inspired," Richardson said moments before Temperley's catwalk show started Sunday. "When you go into her shop, she has a few pieces that are just there for inspiration. I love that mentality. I'm just starting to wear some of her pieces, and when I work with someone, I really like it if they're nice as well."
She was wearing black toreador pants topped with a striking fuchsia jacket (by Temperley) and spent the minutes before the show chatting with model Yasmin Le Bon.
The show was an ambitious blend of monochromatic outfits, brightly colored ensembles, including many with semi-sheer tops and some with floral themes, and short dresses or tops set off with thigh-high leather boots. Every outfit had a finished, well-executed feel.