Stiletto alert: London takes center stage of fashion world

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It’s time for London to enjoy its stint as the center of the fashion world.

London Fashion Week begins Friday with a number of catwalk shows including exhibits by Bora Aksu and Mulberry. Headliners over the following days include Burberry, Christopher Kane, Roksanda and other favorites.

Designer Vivienne Westwood is not showing in London this time but she has already made waves by appearing as a model in an anti-fracking protest.

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The 76-year-old designer wore a campaign dress and a placard denouncing fracking. She has spoken out repeatedly on environmental issues and warned of the dangers of climate change.

The unveiling of new collections is expected to bring hundreds of buyers, journalists and fashion fans to London in the coming days. Fashion officials released figures indicating that Chinese visitors have surpassed Americans as the prime buyers in the London fashion field.

Frothy creations

The London-based Turkish designer Bora Aksu, a longtime fashion week favorite, emphasized romance in his autumn and winter collection, showing a collection of long, frilly dresses that were elaborately constructed and included a mixture of semi-sheer panels.

Favored colors were white with black detailing and various shades of dark blue, lavender, and some pinkish hues.

Some of the outfits offered new interpretations of the traditional British prep school outfit. The jackets were androgynous, the skirts or leggings long and feminine. The look on some models was asymmetrical, highlighted by long, jeweled earrings dangling from one ear only.

The designer said the collection was inspired by the story of a young Georgian-era woman who challenged stereotypes by becoming a prominent surgeon at a time when most doctors were male.

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