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FASHION FRUMPS; Cardigans, hairnets and knitting are the stars of this year's catwalk in London.

Byline: By Merle Brown

IT was more Hilda Ogden than high glamour at London Fashion Week with models in glasses, headscarves and cardigans.

Designers drew inspiration from the Coronation Street hairnet-wearing character with Jodie Kidd even bringing her knitting needles on to the catwalk.

The supermodel sported a blonde Afro-style hairdo and bright scarf for British designer Ronit Zilkha, who worked with printed chiffons and patchwork patterns in rich autumnal colours. At Red Or Dead, PVC macs in autumn greens and brown were teamed with reading glasses and bright mesh headgear for a fresh take on her-indoors glamour.

But who needs a coat if you've got your own upside-down dress to protect your curlers from the rain?

The bizarre tent-like creation was dreamed up by Polish designer Arkadius, who also caused a stir with his conical hats.

And real fur once again made an appearance on the catwalks with no complaints from the fashion pack.

Milan, New York and Paris attract the superstars of fashion, such as Chanel, Prada, Gucci and Armani.

But London Fashion Week is renowned for being more edgy with rising stars of design using it as a platform to showcase their work.

It has bred such fashion wonderkids as Matthew Williamson and John Galliano in the past.

And one new name to look out for is Roksanda Llincic, who unveiled a dainty, dance-inspired collection with floating kaftans, leotards, ballet pumps and painted legs.

And Alistair Carr's pom-pom shoes had fashionistas clicking their heels in delight.

Off the catwalk, former addict Sophie Anderton paraded through Carnaby Street on a horse, wearing a Moulin Rouge-style outfit from Harriet's Muse clothes shop and design label.

It seems this autumn, we'll be dressing like yesteryear housewives or dancing girls. Just don't forget your knitting.


WIFEY WEAR: Jodie Kidd, main picture, looks as if she's knitted her own Afro hairdo in a Ronit Zilkha top. The hairnet makes a return to fashion, teamed with a green PVC coat for Red Or Dead, above left, while designer Arkadius gets heads spinning with his topsy-turvy dress and conical hat, top and below left. Kaftans and ballet pumps step on to the catwalk, above; SHOE GIRLS: Sophie takes to the streets on a horse. Painted legs and pom-pom shoes, inset, will keep fashion fans on their toes
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Date:Feb 17, 2004
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