A few rising talents and some familiar faces on the London scene. PEARCE FIONDA Reynold Pearce and Andrew Fionda, aka Pearce Fionda, are not exactly what you’d call newcomers to the London Fashion Week lineup. They gathered numerous industry accolades from 1996 through 1999, when they were regulars on the LFW schedule, and this season, they are making a return to the catwalk after a 14-year absence. “It’s been at the back of our minds for a while now, and we just felt that the time was right,” said Pearce. “It seemed that our style of sophisticated and glamorous dressing, with an attention to unusual cutting, wasn’t represented at the moment.” Pearce and Fionda, who met in 1985, when they were both studying fashion in college, have not been far from the industry in the intervening years. The pair design a collection for Debenhams together, while Pearce has been teaching — he says he’s “a big advocate of technique and pattern-cutting” — and Fionda was running vintage boutiques in Brighton. Their return to the catwalk promises an emphasis on special-occasion clothes and dresses that play on their strengths of pattern-cutting. “This season is an evolution of what we’re known for,” said Pearce. “It started from trying to think of new ways of applying our technique of cutting, so that formed the silhouette and the attention on the areas of the body that are going to be important for us this season; the back is our zone this season.” Expect long, lean lines, some high-tech fabrics, a smattering of embellishment and flashes of flesh. Pearce Fionda presents at 1 p.m. on Sept. 13. — JULIA NEELNEXT: Claire Barrow >>


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