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Berardi goes for sexy elegance while Burberry channels '60s style at LFW

FashionBy Sunday World
Berardi goes for sexy elegance while Burberry channels '60s style at LFW

It might be day four but the fun isn't over just yet at London Fashion Week.

British designer Antonio Berardi kicked off proceedings with an eveningwear collection that mixed elegance with unapologetic sex appeal.

Poised to lure in A-list clientele, Berardi gave off serious Gothic vibes by headlining the show with a blood red chiffon gown trimmed with lace and ruffles. He also took the opportunity to play with transparency and covered shoulder cut-outs with Chantilly lace and layered chainmail vests over silk.

Patent spike buckle boots further served to capture Berardi's no-nonsense aesthetic.

Meanwhile, Roksanda Ilincic achieved a significant milestone when she presented her 1000th dress to an excited audience.

And what a showstopper it was; the tiered, intricately embellished confection featured deep violet coloured tulle and playful layers.

The Serbian designer also launched her new handbag collection at her runway show. The designer, who is known for using contrasting colour blocking, architectural angles and geometric shapes, included nine styles of day and evening bags.

But perhaps the most hotly-anticipated show in town, Burberry, succeeded in wowing audiences with its 1960s inspired mini dresses, metallic floral prints and dramatic coats with oversized collars.

Packed with the most fashionable A-listers in town, the front row boasted Vogue editor Anna Wintour, style maven Olivia Palermo, British actor Nicholas Hoult and model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Christopher Bailey, the brand's Creative Director, presented a wearable collection that stuck with a neutral palette of forest green, light grey and brown, with pops of raspberry red.

There was heavy emphasis on texture and pattern, with models parading the catwalk in olive green snakeskin patterned versions of the brand's iconic trench coat and oversized jackets with shearling collars.

Garments were paired with opaque patterned tights, chunky high heels and biker boots with large buckles. Make-up artist Wendy Rowe added extra drama with a light dusting of pale gold glitter under the models' eyes.

The Burberry show also marks a shift in the way fashion is presented to consumers, with the brand moving to a "see-now, buy-now" business model and do away with the six month wait between the runway show and when the clothing actually appears in stores.

Starting next season, Burberry will close the seasonal gap and present a combined womenswear and menswear show that fans can shop directly from the runway. Following the announcement, other designers including Michael Kors and Paul Smith revealed similar strategies.

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