Working magic with feathers and visor

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Philip Treacy, the 27-year-old British milliner whose hats are in demand at the world's most prestigious fashion houses, presented his London Fashion Week catwalk show last night and proved that he is a conjurer working magic with feathers.

The front row line-up included ex-Duran Duran partners Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon (who catcalled as his wife, Yasmin, opened the show in a metallic visor topped with a silver lady supplied by Treacy's sponsor, Rolls-Royce). Boy George, Brian Ferry, Rifat Ozbek, Jasper Conran, Alexander McQueen and Anthony Price also attended.

Treacy's show was the highlight of the London shows. Indeed, it is doubtful whether such artistry and enjoyment will be matched by the forthcoming collections in the other fashion capitals of the world.

Another young pioneer, Hussein Chalayan, showed earlier in the evening with a fine collection of futuristic tailoring, second-skin latex dresses, and collectable art deco print evening dresses. It is shows like these - perfectly executed and outstandingly creative - that keep London on the map.

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