LONDON (AP) -- Fashion wunderkind Christopher Kane has done it again, continuing a string of success that has made his show one of the hottest tickets at London Fashion Week for the past few years.
The young designer wowed the crowds again Monday with his collection of sheer embroidered dresses, leather detailing and purple animal prints.
"I liked the colors, the beading -- it was so lovely," said television presenter Alexa Chung.
Kane, who is known to pair traditionally feminine details with tough futuristic touches, opened his show with a series of black coats, jackets and silk trousers all printed with thin, widely spaced white pinstripes.
The all-black ensembles soon gave way to colors -- and this season, it was all about purple and red -- even the catwalk and the seats were covered with a lilac carpet.
A purple leopard print appeared on various separates in different materials, including a semi-matte PVC coat. Then came a sheer short-sleeve purple dress, loosely cut, embroidered with oversized black velvet flowers. The huge velvet flowers appeared later on another dress -- in that case, red flowers on a red sheer dress.
One of the more memorable outfits was fire-engine red from head to toe: A long red fluffy turtleneck, paired with red wide-leg trousers with a black leather trim down the side.
Thick and solid black leather trims were used prominently throughout, appearing at pockets, collars, and hemlines to toughen up and modernize the look. Beaded floral and animal print separates were paired with black leather shirt collars or leather sleeves.
The show closed with beaded dresses in a vintage style floral pattern in lilac and red, with models wearing the outfits with matching box clutches.
The show, one of the most eagerly anticipated at the fashion week, drew American Vogue's Anna Wintour, Samantha Cameron -- stylish wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron -- and model Yasmin le Bon to its front row.
Hilary Alexander, a veteran British fashion writer, called the show "extraordinary," saying it highlighted the fabric embellishment, printing and arts and crafts that set London's young designers apart from those showing in other fashion capitals.
"Young British designers these days are reaching ever stronger heights with digital printing," she said. "They're not afraid to experiment."