England’s King Henry VIII appeared at Betty Jackson’s A/W 2008 show, emblazoned on a pair of black hotpants. With a catwalk strewn with brightly patterned rugs, models took on the feminine collection. Colours were confidently thrown together in an unconventional manner, although not enough to offend. Navy, brown, and grey were contrasted with bold coloured knits in magenta, red, yellow and orange.
A bottle green coat with short, bell sleeves contrasted with an orange knitted jumper.
Red and silver sequins sparkled on bodices, necklines and headbands, and also dusted across the model’s cheekbones and tights. Red ribbons tied in a bow fell down the back of necks, and high waists were accentuated with thin patent belts. A mustard knitted polo neck was paired with wide, grey stirrup trousers with tights. A see-through pink mac was put over a silk, beige dress with circular panels, and light grey transparent dresses and tops revealed the structure of the seams.
Woollen tights in brown, cream and burgundy fitted into brown chunky heels, while orange and pink gauntlets sprouted from sleeves. Yellow and pink sunflowers bloomed onto skirts and coats only briefly. A wool beige dress was worn over cropped trousers. Coats either had cropped, or rolled up sleeves and often layered over knee-length skirts and jumpers, or dresses. Jackson, who has been showing at London Fashion Week for 25 years, didn’t seem be phased by her new, more youthful competitors like Marios Schwab or Christopher Kane, and revealed a stunning and successful collection.
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