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Scottish designs in vogue at London Fashion Week

Fashion designer Christopher Kane has led the Scottish invasion at London Fashion Week, where he presented his autumn/winter 2013 catwalk show.

catwalk: Scottish designs were in vogue at London Fashion Week
catwalk: Scottish designs were in vogue at London Fashion Week

It was his first show since entering into a lucrative partnership with fashion conglomerate PPR last month and was like a mini retrospective, featuring the 30-year-old Scot's signature kilt skirts, slouchy knits and biker jackets which were re-worked in camouflage prints.

These were paired with slick black leather Mary Jane shoes and ankle boots.

Yesterday's show also featured a selection of medieval-inspired burgundy and navy velvet dresses, a re-working of an idea first shown in his autumn/winter 2007 collection.

But Kane threw in some new ideas alongside his signature pieces and worked with fur and feathers for the first time. Feather trims were used to punctuate kilt skirts and dresses and fur appeared as an accent point on a series of black and camouflage items.

Newarthill, North Lanarkshire-born Kane, who has a habit of seeking offbeat inspiration, also featured brain prints in his new collection and, as a body of work, the collection served to validate PPR's decision to invest in his business and confirm Kane's position at the forefront of British fashion.

He was not, however, the only Scot to take the fashion world by storm, as both designer Louise Gray and fashion brand Pringle of Scotland also presented new collections.

Gray, who was born in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire and is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, has made a name for herself in the fashion industry for her fun and colourful designs. The models at her show yesterday wore hair decorations made from plastic bags, slogan sunglasses and oversized jewellery.

Aside from these wacky accessories, Gray presented an accomplished selection of coats, shift dresses and separates in a series of mixed prints that was befitting of her quirky design aesthetic.

At the other end of the spectrum, Pringle of Scotland hosted an intimate presentation that was a lesson in restraint. The designs included minimal suits, coats and dresses in shades of cream, taupe and cornflower blue. For a brand that was founded in Scotland in 1815 and is now based in Asia, it was a refreshingly modern take on the winter wardrobe.

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