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London Fashion Week: At Erdem, color-saturated gorgeousness [Updated]

February 22, 2011 | 10:42 am

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Designer Erdem Moralioglu could well be described as a painter with fabric. Over the past few seasons, his Impressionist-looking floral print silks have made for some of the most gorgeous clothes coming out of London.

For fall, he went from florals to abstract, color-daubed digitized prints, as well as adding lush velvet to the mix.

Moralioglu let the colors and pattern take center stage, keeping the shapes simple and wearable. That meant knee-length sheaths in velvet or sheer shimmery chiffon; a print pencil skirt painted with strokes of gold, and coats so sweepingly beautiful, they could have been art canvases.

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Like so many other designers this season, he incorporated lace into his collection. A fuchsia sheath was covered in black lace embroidery that appeared to melt into the background. Other dresses were a melange of lace and boucle.

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For evening, long skirts were worn with patterned knits, and gowns had scarfy chiffon ends trailing behind. There were plenty of extras, too, including color-soaked gloves, trench coats and velvet shoes.

[Updated Feb. 27 at 5:25 p.m.: An earlier version of this post misspelled Erdem Moralioglu's last name as Moraliglu.]

-- Booth Moore in London

Photos: Looks from the Erdem fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during London Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times

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