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London Fashion Week, Spring 2009: Luella


The Luella show is always a highlight of fashion week for me (and for many others) so I was intrigued to see what she would design for Spring 2009. At a show supported by Alexa Chung and Roisin Murphy at the Serpentine, Luella presented a collection of brightly coloured almost-garish items mixing classic British fabrics such as tweed with bright pink and purple.

Bartley explained, "I wanted a really colorful show. This sort of proper English lady, but it's done to an extreme degree that makes it hard and sick, so the brightest pink orange the sickest lilac the strongest purple so together it just looks very extreme."

The prim hats with polka dot netting veils are sure to catch on as they make an item traditional associated with older women hip.

Necklines were high but accessorised with pearls and there was also the occasional pair of ladylike gloves but in acid colours. The blouses and high-waisted skirts with ruffle trim are so wearable and sure to be adored by London's fashionistas.

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