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London Fashion Week. February 2004.
By Hannah Hayward

Belle and Bunty. “What little Girls are made of…” Saturday 14th February.
Belle and Bunty opened their London College of Fashion located show with an outfit that was to set the tone of the whole collection. A lemon yellow shirt worn under a lose fitting, pink blouse and black knickers teamed with gold seamed tights and black patent stilettos made for a very sexy sectary look. Green, lemon, black, turquoise and white flowed down the catwalk like a shopaholics never ending dream.

Beautifully styled by Miss Molly and Mr Ganio of TwoManyStylists, small details completed the collection. Button decorated elastic bands were worn over shoes and chunky gold jewellery help make the collection utterly modern. The show, produced by Lee Lapthorn at Doll, was professional and smooth. This is a label to keep your eye on.

Red or Dead. “Save our Allotments” By Katie Greenyer Monday 16th February
After a catwalk break of three years Red or Dead are back. With new head designer, Katie Greenyer, behind the wheel, a more sophisticated and grown up look was on offer. Quirky imagery, in the form of poodles, bunnies and garden equipment, was still on offer for those who love the labels fun irrelevancy. But with the clothes also showing a new reined elegants, those who grew up with Red or Dead will still find much for themselves, particularly in their new range, Dead Posh.

The setting for the show stayed with the allotment theme. Also produced by Lapthorn’s Doll, Spiral cut trees, the Read or Dead name spelt out in flowers and vegetables and a sound tract that played the sounds of a thunderstorm as you entered made the whole experience feel very complete. The wait was well worth it and with their colourful shoe range also due to hit our shops in the summer there is much on offer from the loveable label.

Preen. By Thornton Bregazzi. Tuesday 17th February.
After all the colour and fun that was to be had at Belle and Bunty and Red or Dead, Preens subdued colour pallet provided a good alternative. There is no denying the quality of Preens clothing. The designs, cut and craftsmanship put into each item is all of a very high quality. High collars and waste bands gave the collection an unusual but assured and feminine look. Leathers and sheep’s wool mixed with silks gave each piece understated character. The hard and soft textures mixed effortlessly to make a clean, confidant and utterly luxuriously lasting look. These pieces may be pricey but will provided stable wardrobe pieces for many years to come.

The models, styled by Sarah Richardson, worn their hair swept back with only the tinniest of wooden hair pins and that’s as it should be. If you do decided to splash out on that must have Preen item don’t even think about distracting from it with a fancy hair do or bright make-up. Remember, this collection is for the women who really know how to do less is more.


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