February 14, 2000
"Daddy, who were The Clash" was the jokey little title of Luella Bartley's first catwalk show. Indeed her models wouldn't knowthey were dressed like the hippest teenage schoolgirls, and probably born around 1987. It was hard not to adore the clothesor the attitude. A neat houndstooth check dress was as proper as could be until you saw the zip up the back, which opened at both ends, and up on the arms. Hot pink drainpipe jeans with the word 'darling' written in tiny crystals on the back pocket and worn with a pink blouse and perfect-black jacket showed us all how the hip crowd will wear tailoring next season. There was even a striped school blazer worn with a white shirt and skinny trousers. Luella is way ahead of the pack. She's stylishly brought back the mod teenager, added a splash of Blondie and created an ultracool image for her label.