Tribal looks and dainty dresses rule the runway


1. Vivienne Westwood Red Label:
As with all Vivienne Westwood shows, there was a tribal element — from
the painted faces to the check designs. However, in terms of Westwood,
at least, the looks appeared relatively pared-down. Although more
wearable and less wild, the silhouettes and detailing were as
interesting as ever. The loose-fitting trousers and shirt-dresses
arrived in soft grays, lilacs and blues. Westwood’s bold plaids and
stripes made an occasional appearance, but the focus remained on the
drape dress. RICHARD PECKETT

2. Kinder Aggugini:
The 18th-century adventures of the explorer Mungo Park in Africa
inspired Aggugini’s beautifully tailored colonialist-meets-tribesman
collection. Set to a sound track that included former Alvin Ailey
dancer Karine Plantadit’s musings on her home continent of Africa,
models walked out in a series of draped dresses and beautifully
tailored safari jackets, trench coats, skirts and flared-leg trousers
in a rustic color palette of orange, brown, black, khaki and white. It
was a beautifully constructed, cohesive collection. My only gripe: Not
a single black model walked down the runway in all of those
African-inspired clothes. KENYA HUNT

3. Mulberry: Red
heads, ruffles and rosettes were in abundance at the Mulberry
presentation. The collection moved through dainty button-up dresses,
mid-length skirts, high-waist shorts and trousers to neat
cropped-sleeve jackets. The color palette was soft tan, ecru, blue, 
pink, peach — and later, deep blue and purple. However, the ruffle- and
rosette-adorned dresses  are likely to only appeal to the girliest of
girls. All clothing aside, Mulberry is undoubtedly about the must-have
bag — this season, it’s the Tillie. RICHARD PECKETT


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