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London Fashion Week FW2011: Holly Fulton

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Are you a city girl? Holly Fulton’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection at London Fashion Week is an ode to the fabulous life in the city with skyline dot matrices and sheer cutout tops forming skyscraper details. If there was an official Gossip Girl tribute collection, this would be it.

Fulton continues her love affair (or obsession) with geometric prints and jewellery in this collection, featuring tribal-inspired graphic interpretations of New York’s most famous towers, accessorised by Art Deco earrings and necklaces that provide a stark contrast to the featured monuments of contemporary architecture.

British fashion’s unmistakable sense of humour kicks in with Fulton’s satire of Far Eastern prints, going with the motion of the flowing hems of the silk maxi dresses and wide-leg trousers, perhaps intentionally designed as a mockery of the industry’s moves to better cater to the burgeoning Chinese market. Instead of oriental flowers, the Edinburgh-born designer makes use of perfectly manicured hands, as though actively engaged in hand shadow puppetry.

There were some Falguni and Shane Peacock-inspired Lady Gaga dresses too, as they have become pretty much standard in today’s catwalk shows, but there wasn’t anything in particular that made us want to willingly humiliate ourselves in public for the sake of fashion.

The lip fascination is back yet again, which quickly rose and fell in the same season last year as star blogger heavily promoted Prada’s lip skirt on her blog and press interviews. However, this is the first time we’re seeing lips drinking out of an Empire State Building-shaped soda bottle (or lips worn as earrings, for that matter), so the Holly Fulton treatment might have a better reason to get on the street and in people’s wardrobes.

All photographs by Duilio Marconi exclusive to La Moda Dubai

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