Fashion Around the World: Hilfiger & Hadid in London
LONDON (AP) — London Fashion Week has reached its giddy conclusion, the extravaganza more than meeting expectations with a string of shows, parties and presentations on Sept. 19.
The theme seemed to be a frenzied search for fun and whimsy, a shade less serious and complicated than usual as designers looked forward to next spring and summer.
There were big shows by Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Versace, and more, and more intimate affairs by the up-and-coming designers London depends on for its fashion cred.
The first day was marred when a subway train was attacked on the outskirts of London, raising fears of more attacks, but the fashionistas stayed calm and partied on.
Designer Tommy Hilfiger and model Gigi Hadid staged a grungy rock affair for their show on the final night.
It was the pair’s third collaboration and featured early appearances by Hadid’s siblings, Bella and Anwar.
The Sept. 19 show was presented at London’s legendary Roundhouse, where stars such as James Brown and Bob Dylan have performed over the years.
The outfits included leather jackets with leopard print collars, worn with cropped denim shorts and beanie hats emblazoned with “Gigi Hadid” — a homage to band merchandise and an appeal to the model’s vast fan base.
Models also wore lanyards mimicking backstage passes printed with “Gigi” and cropped T-shirts also bearing the model’s name.
Patterns were checks or stripes, and oversize puffer jackets were worn open.
Hadid said she was happy the show was such a family affair.
“It is obviously a huge event, and I put a lot of pressure on myself as I’m a perfectionist, so to be able to look around and see my family is very grounding and keeps me calm,” she said.