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LONDON — A lot of the action this week was taking place off the runways — at the London Designers’ Exhibition near Sloane Square. Below, some of the highlights:<br><br><br><br>Studd by Gabby Harris’ funky, sequined, lace-up...

LONDON — A lot of the action this week was taking place off the runways — at the London Designers’ Exhibition near Sloane Square. Below, some of the highlights:

Studd by Gabby Harris’ funky, sequined, lace-up T-shirts, sequined, embroidered cotton coats and sexy skating skirts with rhinestones.

Rachel Robarts’ linen with sequin-embroidered linen jackets, plaid print dresses with peacock-like feather details and Indian silk chiffon dresses.

Goya’s patchwork, pleated skirts with flower prints and bows.

From Somewhere’s reworked vintage looks, patchwork, printed cotton skirts and bikinis.

Kate Clarkson’s patchworks and prints and little smock tops.

Milana T’s Liberty-inspired prints.

Mira’s T-shirts featuring embellished photos of film stars like Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn, hand-embroidery, drawings and sequin details.

Fun, punchy, whimsical Scottish cashmere knits from Queene and Belle, Shirin Cashmere, Marisa & Ian.

Lucy Barlow’s stripey, sun-faded straw hats for the beach or dress-up.

Tanya Ling’s kooky take on “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” black dresses and powder-blue Jackie Kennedy-esque suits.

Damaris’ over-the-top panties that tie in a big bow in the back or lace up like a corset. As bawdy as it gets.

Ghulam Sakina’s washed-out vegetable-dye colors, wrinkly cottons and batiky prints.

London Denim’s cotton shirts and jackets with poufy shoulders and narrow sleeves, and raggedy, patchy jeans.

Georgina von Etzdorf’s delicate prints made from her watercolor paintings, her devoré velvet, patchwork and beading.

This story first appeared in the September 17, 2002 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.