Are synthetic shades and challenging fabric mixes signposts of modernity? Many London designers seem to think so, including Erdem Moralioglu, who let DayGlo-like colors and busy pattern seep into his ladylike fashion universe.

The designer spliced together unexpected textures and colors starting with the opening look: a dress and blouson jacket that married brown snakeskin to powder blue satin and lace. Gradually, the collection accrued more artificial-looking elements, from the 3-D flowers on guipure lace tops and A-line skirts embroidered in searing colors, to the vivid gemstones caught on tulle overskirts.

And further heightening the contrast with the natural world, the models paraded under a domed tent in the middle of Manchester Square Gardens.

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