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London fashion: Wickstead favors florals, Conran goes green

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/18/2017 By GREGORY KATZ and SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press
Models wear designs during the Emilia Wickstead Autumn/Winter 2017 as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Isabel Infantes/PA via AP) © The Associated Press Models wear designs during the Emilia Wickstead Autumn/Winter 2017 as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Isabel Infantes/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — The British capital's fashion extravaganza kicked it up a notch Saturday with shows by Jasper Conran and other designers as the weather in London took a decidedly spring-like turn.

Models wears creations by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Models wears creations by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

For the second day of London Fashion Week, the womenswear previews for fall and winter included the latest designs by Emilia Wickstead, Molly Goddard and Italian designer Donatella Versace's Versus line.

Model Winnie Harlow displays a design by Matty Bovan for Fashion East during the Autumn/Winter 2017 show, part of London Fashion Week show, in London, Saturday Feb. 18, 2017. (Isabel Infantes/PA via AP) © The Associated Press Model Winnie Harlow displays a design by Matty Bovan for Fashion East during the Autumn/Winter 2017 show, part of London Fashion Week show, in London, Saturday Feb. 18, 2017. (Isabel Infantes/PA via AP)

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A model displays a design by Matty Bovan for Fashion East during the Autumn/Winter 2017 show, part of London Fashion Week show, in London, Saturday Feb. 18, 2017. (Isabel Infantes/PA via AP) © The Associated Press A model displays a design by Matty Bovan for Fashion East during the Autumn/Winter 2017 show, part of London Fashion Week show, in London, Saturday Feb. 18, 2017. (Isabel Infantes/PA via AP)

VELVET AND ROMANTIC FLORALS AT WICKSTEAD

A model wears a creation by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Sheer lace, ruffles, velvet and florals: Emilia Wickstead's latest offerings are pure romance.

A model wears a creation by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

The designer, who said she was inspired by Russian theatrical costumes, showcased flowing ankle-length dresses adorned with voluminous, puffy sleeves, and sheer gauzy lace layers embellished with delicate crystals.

A model wears a creation by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

There were bubblegum-pink gowns, a lilac double-breasted trouser suit, and lots of vintage-inspired florals and prints.

A model wears a creation by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

It was all quite demure and very feminine — typical of Wickstead's elegant designs, which are worn by the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge. Some outfits were daring, though, featuring ultrahigh-waisted trousers, paired with a midriff-baring cropped top cut just below the bust.

Canadian model Winnie Harlow wears a creation by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Canadian model Winnie Harlow wears a creation by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

The show ended with show-stopping evening gowns — including a dramatic metallic number that shimmered from head to toe for maximum impact.

Canadian model Winnie Harlow wears a creation by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Canadian model Winnie Harlow wears a creation by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

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Canadian model Winnie Harlow wears a creation by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Canadian model Winnie Harlow wears a creation by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

GREEN IS THE WORD FOR JASPER CONRAN

Models wear creations by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Models wear creations by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Conran's look this year was built around what he called "everyday pieces" - vests, skirts, leather dresses - simply cut in evocative colors like purple, mustard, magenta and apple.

Models wear creations by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Models wear creations by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

The show Saturday at London's Claridge's hotel featured mohair wool tailored in olive, brown and maroon, with outfits set off by tight drainpipe trousers and flat, pointed shoes. There were also oversize parkas, slouchy bags and bondage-style halter tops.

Canadian model Winnie Harlow, right, and designer Julien Macdonald acknowledge applause after his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Canadian model Winnie Harlow, right, and designer Julien Macdonald acknowledge applause after his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Green was a dominant color, with some entirely monochromatic outfits, bags and shoes.

Models wear creations by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Models wear creations by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Conran couldn't resist a few leather biker jackets, paired with the slimmest of trousers. His pea coats came in creamy Melton wool.

A model wears a creation by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

At times he was looking for simplicity: a scarlet angora V-neck dress draped beautifully and a khaki cotton shirt dress evoked faraway places.

Canadian model Winnie Harlow, right, and designer Julien Macdonald acknowledge applaud after his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Canadian model Winnie Harlow, right, and designer Julien Macdonald acknowledge applaud after his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

More complicated looks included a chocolate-fringed sequin dress and a chocolate leather wool grain V-neck dress with applique. He showed no fear, easily blending a red sequin vest with wooly, chocolate-colored trousers.

A model wears a creation by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation by designer Julien Macdonald during his Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

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British singer Ella Eyre poses for photographers upon arrival at Julien Macdonald's Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press British singer Ella Eyre poses for photographers upon arrival at Julien Macdonald's Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

ENJOYING LIFE WITH MOLLY GODDARD

British singer Ella Eyre poses for photographers upon arrival at Julien Macdonald's Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press British singer Ella Eyre poses for photographers upon arrival at Julien Macdonald's Autumn/Winter 2017 show, as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Up-and-coming designer Molly Goddard drew a youthful crowd to a subterranean show space at the Tate Modern.

A model wears designs during the Emilia Wickstead Autumn/Winter 2017 as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Isabel Infantes/PA via AP) © The Associated Press A model wears designs during the Emilia Wickstead Autumn/Winter 2017 as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Isabel Infantes/PA via AP)

Goddard, a recent graduate from London's prestigious Central St. Martins design school, is known for her frilly, girlish tulle dresses and her use of traditional craft techniques like pleating and crocheting.

A model wears a design during the Emilia Wickstead Autumn/Winter 2017 as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Isabel Infantes/PA via AP) © The Associated Press A model wears a design during the Emilia Wickstead Autumn/Winter 2017 as part of London Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Isabel Infantes/PA via AP)

Her show on Saturday was filled with imagination. One multi-layered bright blue dress seemed to cascade like a waterfall, while a bright blue tutu-shaped skirt clashed dramatically with a striped top. A poufy white dress was set off by metallic silver space boots, and a green metallic dress was bisected by a bright red sash.

The collection played on themes of nostalgia, of dressing for special grown-up events when you're a child, and how teenagers dress for parties.

Goddard set up the space with a dining room in the center of the auditorium so models could enjoy glasses of red wine after the catwalk, and bottles of sweet vermouth were made available for guests. The goal was to have an interactive show, where both the audience and the models have something to do.

"It was just about having a lot of fun," Goddard said afterward. "I just kind of explored my absolute favorite things."

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